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31 Dec 2013 description
report Inter Press Service

By Irfan Ahmed

LAHORE, Pakistan, Dec 31 2013 (IPS) - A new policy by the Pakistani government to regulate foreign-funded non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has come in for sharp criticism from the social sector, with many saying it could stifle rights-based groups and affect crucial services provided to the needy.

The government says it wants to ensure transparency in the working of NGOs that receive foreign contributions, but few are willing to buy that line.

31 Dec 2013 description

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today issued a desperate appeal for governments across the world to end impunity for violence against journalists and media staff after posting 108 killings for 2013. Fifteen more lost their lives in accidents while on assignments. (Read in French/Spanish)

31 Dec 2013 description

Executive Summary

A core objective in IDSN’s advocacy for the elimination of caste discrimination is to influence policy makers and international institutions. In respect to parliamentary action, 2013 became one of the most productive years in IDSN’s history; the results constitute years of advocating for the human rights of Dalits and others affected by caste discrimination with EU and UN institutions.

31 Dec 2013 description

This is the first edition of the Global Slavery Index. The Index estimates the number of people in modern slavery in 162 countries. The Index identified factors relevant to risk of slavery and provides a standardised measure of these factors that allows comparison country by country. The Index examines the strength of government responses for the 20 countries at the top and bottom of the Index ranking.

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31 Dec 2013 description

Turkish Red Crescent responds to country-wide disasters and emergencies in coordination with National Disaster Management through 9 District and 24 Local Disaster Management & Operation Centers. The Disaster Response Activities are conducted with the involvement of 260 disaster relief staff and other staff that work in other units of the institution across country.

Throughout 2013, there were approximately 134 emergencies as a result of the natural and man-made disasters. The emergencies and disasters responded by the Turkish Red Crescent in 2013 are as follows:

31 Dec 2013 description

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and offshore processing centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

31 Dec 2013 description

The data table below is as of 31 December 2013. The text is as of 18 December 2013.

As the year 2013 draws to a close, the GPEI takes stock:

  • In Afghanistan, no indigenous cases of wild poliovirus have occured all year - all cases are linked to cross-border tansmission with neighbouring Pakistan.

30 Dec 2013 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Rudina Vojvoda

NEW YORK, USA, 26 December, 2013 – In this year-end episode of Beyond School Books we bring you perspectives on Peacebuilding from our guests this past year.

30 Dec 2013 description

Current major event

Dengue in Pakistan

The dengue fever (DF) outbreak in Khy-ber Pakthunkhwa (KPK) province of Pakistan, reported in weekly epidemiol-ogical monitor (Volume-6, issue-37, dated 15 September 2013), has subsided. This was one of the major outbreaks of den-gue fever reported ever from this prov-ince in the country. As of November 2013, a total of 8,494 laboratory-confirmed cases of DF were reported from this province. As reported earlier, the district of Swat was the most af-fected area in the province.

30 Dec 2013 description
report Inter Press Service

By Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR, Dec 27 2013 (IPS) - Farhat Bibi, 43, was left to fend for her three young sons after her husband was killed in a bomb attack in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) three years ago. A few days later, she landed at a camp for people displaced by violence. “The camp proved to be a blessing in disguise,” she says.

30 Dec 2013 description
report Inter Press Service

By Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Dec 30 2013 (IPS) - Ahmed Nawaz, a 55-year-old farmer in northwestern Pakistan’s Swat valley, rues the day the Taliban arrived in his beautiful land, known for its rolling mountains, lush fields and blossoming orchards. “The earth became barren,” he says.

“Our agricultural income used to be enough for the entire extended family, but for two years after the advent of the Taliban in 2007, we couldn’t cultivate our lands,” Nawaz tells IPS.

30 Dec 2013 description

SYED ALI SHAH

QUETTA: A polio team administering vaccination to children in Pashtoonabad on Sunday, was attacked by militants, injuring four people including a minor girl.

Police said militants hurled a hand-held bomb at the polio team, which left a five-year-old girl and a lady health worker injured, besides two others.

The girl was quickly shifted to civil hospital Quetta for medical treatment.

The blast also damaged a portion of a mud-walled house in the area.

29 Dec 2013 description

In implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the administration of the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan, UAE PAP, has announced the launch of new projects to provide clean drinking water in Pakistan at a cost of US$1.2 million.

The President's initiative aims to support the people of Pakistan, contribute to developing its provinces and cities, and providing them with modern developmental facilities in addition to securing basic services for the community in the roads, bridges, education, health and water fields.

28 Dec 2013 description
report Frontier Post

F.P. Report
ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday said that the federal government would provide all necessary strength and resources to the Balochistan government to further improve law and order situation.

The minister said this while talking to Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch who met him here this evening. Nisar said that the federal government would support Balochistan's provincial government to speed up the process of development and to bring about an environment of peace and reconciliation in the province.

28 Dec 2013 description
report Frontier Post

Farid Shinwari

KHYBER AGENCY: A number of local Khasadar force personnel on Friday got training over how to immunize children against polio below the age of five years after 400 volunteers in Jamrud tehsil declined to be a part of anti-polio campaign scheduled to be held on January, 02 due to fear and terror.

26 Dec 2013 description
report iMMAP

IN THIS BULLETIN

Health News 1-9

Humanitarian Organizations’ Interventions in Health Sector 10

Health Profile Lahore 12

Articles 16

Health Maps 13,15,17, 19

Urdu News 21-23

Health Directory 25-37