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31 Dec 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund


- About 35 million children immunised against measles.

- Immunisation , deworming, counselling on breast feeding and nutrition, and information on good hygiene practices provided to 1.87 million children under five and 330,000 pregnant women during two Child Health and Sanitation Weeks in six districts.

- Breastfeeding information provided to 20 million mothers during Global Breastfeeding Week.

- Emergency Obstetrics and Neonatal Care monitoring and training scaled up nationally reaching more than 670 doctors and health workers.

- Over 162,000 girls enrolled …

31 Dec 2008 description

Executive Summary

The ongoing emergency response to the Balochistan 29 October earthquake is located within the broader disaster management context. Culmination of emergency response phase is linked to meeting 'essential shelter needs' of 7820 shelters, planned distribution of 1750 MT Al - Nayhan food package and supporting the devolved district government based response mechanism following Army's de-induction.

31 Dec 2008 description

This price watch bulletin covers the quarterly period from September to November 2008. The objective of the bulletin is to provide early warning information on price changes of staple food commodities and their likely impact on the cost of the food basket. Price changes are determined for each country on a quarterly basis.


- Prices still remain significantly higher compared to last year and long term averages, especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, Asia and Middle East.

30 Dec 2008 description

This report covers the period 01Jul 2008 to 31 Dec 2008

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief


This programme update focuses on the work of the team in the Asia Pacific zone office to provide leadership and guidance to the International Federation …

30 Dec 2008 description

New Delhi_(dpa) _ Omar Abdullah, president of the National Conference party in India's northern Jammu and Kashmir, announced Tuesday that he will head the state's new coalition government with the Congress party.

The decision to form the alliance was taken in a meeting in Delhi between Abdullah and Sonia Gandhi, leader of the Congress party that heads India's ruling United Progressive Alliance.

Elections in the state concluded with the regional National Conference emerging as the largest party, but without securing an overall majority.

"It has been decided that I …

30 Dec 2008 description

This report covers the period 01 July to 31 December 2008.

In brief

Programme purpose: As outlined in the 2008-09 plan, the aim of the International Federation South Asia regional office is to increase the capacity of the South Asian national societies to provide services that improve the lives of vulnerable people.

Programme(s) summary: In the second half of 2008, one of the key areas of support provided by the International Federation to national societies was in responding to the monsoon flooding in Pakistan, India and Nepal and the earthquake in Baluchistan (Pakistan). Besides …

30 Dec 2008 description
report IRIN

MUZZAFARABAD, 30 December 2008 (IRIN) - In the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, Muzzafarabad, the possibility of war with India is a topic of discussion heard almost everywhere.

In the city, civil defence staff and volunteers have been testing equipment, including sirens. "Pakistan air force jets have been flying over Muzzafarabad. The last time we saw such mock drills was in 2001. Naturally we are very concerned about conflict," said Muhammad Sabir, 20, a student.

30 Dec 2008 description
report Times of India

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: The Indian Army on Tuesday denied there was a build-up of troops on the border and said they were only on alert after Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi asked New Delhi to "relocate forces to peacetime locations".

29 Dec 2008 description

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, December 29 (UNHCR) - Every job has its own occupational hazards, but for Hamid Gul*, working as a barber in the tribal areas of north-western Pakistan was simply too dangerous to continue.

"The militants in my village asked me and the other hairdressers to stop trimming beards or face the consequences," said the teenager from Bajaur Agency in north-western Pakistan. "They blew up all our shops and we were out of business.

28 Dec 2008 description

By Izaz Mohmand

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Dec 28 (Reuters) - At least 30 people were killed in a suicide car bomb blast at a polling station in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, during a by-election for a provincial assembly seat, police said.

"The death toll has reached to 30. It could rise further," Behraman Khan, head of the police station near the Buner town, where the blast took place, told Reuters by telephone. "It was a suicide attack."

Khan said the attacker, who was apparently alone, is believed to have driven the car, parked it in front of the school where …

28 Dec 2008 description
report IRIN

LAHORE, 28 December 2008 (IRIN) - "My only wish in life is to have a decent meal with my family at least once a day. Everything else, even my personal dignity, is now a secondary issue," said Muhammad Rafiq, 35, at a brick-kiln in Lahore, capital of Punjab Province.

Until February this year, Rafiq ran a cycle repair workshop. But he said rising inflation left him unable to pay the rent.

28 Dec 2008 description
report Times of India

EW DELHI/BEHRAMPORE: After days of feverish speculation about a military build-up and a possible India-Pak conflict, tensions appeared to have thinned considerably on Saturday, with both sides disclaiming any intent to initiate hostilities.

The Pakistani leadership, which had orchestrated a war frenzy to distract international attention from the Mumbai 26/11 attacks, suddenly lowered the ante as its shrewd gameplan to use the fear of conflict to its benefit appeared to have paid off, with Mumbai moving into the background.

India also helped cool matters by pointedly disputing reports …

27 Dec 2008 description

MANSEHRA, Dec 27: Earthquake survivor families of the Oghi tehsil have urged the government to reconstruct damaged infrastructure and pay them outstanding instalments of the housing compensation amount.

They warned that they would launch a protest campaign against the government and the Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority if their demands were not accepted.

The Sungi Developmental Organisation, a non-governmental organisation, arranged an open forum in Oghi on Friday to make a joint strategy to address the issues of the quake survivors and constitute a disaster …

27 Dec 2008 description

New Delhi/Islamabad_(dpa) _ The leaders of India and Pakistan on Saturday vowed to refrain from war, a day after Pakistan deployed some of its troops on Indian border.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said his country was "peace-loving, and does not want war or aggression."

"We will not act but will only react. Pakistan will not indulge in any misadventure," he added in televised remarks.

Tensions have grown between two nuclear-armed neighbours since the terrorist attacks on India's financial hub Mumbai on November 26 that killed more than 170 …

26 Dec 2008 description


- Weekly DEWS reports from 17 sites were received from the earthquake affected districts Ziarat (11) and Pishin (6) on due time reporting total 3,201 consultations in week 52-2008

- Upper Respiratory Tract Infection was the highest cause of morbidity accounting for 34% (1094) of the total consultations during the week

- Lower Respiratory Tract Infection is the second highest cause of morbidity reported in 16% (504) of the total consultations

- Acute diarrhoea was reported in 9% (284) of the total consultation

- No alerts/outbreaks and deaths reported from any …

24 Dec 2008 description

KAWAS, Pakistan, December 24 (UNHCR) - For years they were considered passive recipients of humanitarian aid, but Afghan refugees are now using their skills to help their local hosts in the earthquake-hit areas of south-western Pakistan.

Pakistan's Balochistan province has always been prone to natural disasters like floods, drought and earthquakes.

23 Dec 2008 description

(New York/Geneva 23 December 2008): Disasters related to extreme weather events dominated the work of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) teams in 2008, while more countries joined the UNDAC system amid increasing requests for disaster awareness training.

"We are very pleased that 67 Member States have now joined the UNDAC system. This ensures that more of the world's disaster managers are available to the international community to share their valuable knowledge and expertise on how to prepare for and respond to disasters," said Gerhard J.W.