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20 Mar 2018 description

In 2017, DG ECHO gave EUR 3 million to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). When a National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society needs immediate financial support to respond to a disaster, it can request funds from the DREF.

20 Mar 2018 description

Islamabad, 19 March 2018 – Having achieved the lowest ever case count of 8 in 2017, Pakistan is on right trajectory to finish the job in 2018 by maintaining intense pressure of the crippling Polio virus. This was concluded by the National Polio Management Team (NPMT) that met in Islamabad today to review the progress on National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP) and chalk out strategic direction for the low transmission season 2018/19.  

18 Mar 2018 description

Hanif Samoon

An outbreak of measles and malnutrition claimed the lives of five children in the capital of Sindh's Tharparkar district, hospital sources and relatives said on Saturday.

With the deaths of the five children at Mithi Civil Hospital in the last 24 hours, the toll of children's deaths in Thar has risen to 123 this year, according to credible sources.

15 Mar 2018 description

Polio this week as of 13 March 2018 New on www.polioeradication.org: For International Women’s Day, we highlighted the critical role that women play in global polio eradication efforts. Dr Adele Daleke Lisi Aluma works to reach children who have never been vaccinated, whilst in Somalia, women are the face of polio eradication. In Nigeria, dedicated female mobilizers are ending polio, one home at a time.
We also launched the Gender and Polio section of our website.

14 Mar 2018 description
report Frontier Post

PESHAWAR: A five-day anti-polio campaign continued on Tuesday in eight districts of Punjab and three-day in 17 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

According to health officials, polio eradication teams are visiting door-to-door to administer anti polio drops to children below the age of five years. In Punjab, 17,000 polio teams have been constituted to administer polio drops to children in Lahore, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, Rawalpindi, Rahim Yar Khan and Sheikhupura districts.

08 Mar 2018 description

Women are critical in the fight against polio. From reaching every child with polio vaccines to ensuring their children receive the protection they deserve, women are at the heart of polio eradication efforts.

05 Mar 2018 description

Islamabad, 2 March 2018 – The Government of Japan has announced today that they will be providing 3.2 million US dollars for the procurement of equipment for the Regional Reference Laboratory for polio eradication, located in the National Institute of Health in Islamabad.

03 Mar 2018 description

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to go for advanced mechanism to diagnose poliovirus and determine its area of origin.

Not only advanced machinery will be purchased but staff will also be trained in using it.

National Coordinator of the National Emergency Operation Centre for polio eradication Dr Rana Mohammad Safdar while talking to Dawn said diagnosis of poliovirus was increasingly becoming difficult as the virus has been decreasing in Pakistan.

Japan to provide $3.2m for procurement of new equipment

01 Mar 2018 description
  • New on http://polioeradication.org/: Reaching all children in the Lake Chad basin.

  • 23 February marked 64 years since the first large-scale trial of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV). Developed by Joseph Salk, IPV was found to be safe and effective, and is now part of routine vaccination programmes worldwide. Each year, it confers lifelong protection against polio to millions of young children.

26 Feb 2018 description
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The Emergency Relief Coordinator has allocated $100 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for the 2018 first Underfunded Emergencies round to assist some 4.3 million people in neglected crises in nine countries. The funds will sustain life-saving relief in protracted emergencies where humanitarian suffering is alarmingly high while available resources are critically low. This funding will target:

20 Feb 2018 description

by Reuters
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:43 GMT

An outbreak of drug-resistant typhoid that began in Hyderabad in Pakistan in November 2016 is still spreading

LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - An outbreak of typhoid fever in Pakistan is being caused by an extensively drug resistant "superbug" strain, a sign that treatment options for the bacterial disease are running out, scientists said on Tuesday.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

18 Feb 2018 description


  • Bird flu outbreak was reported from four poultry farms in Herat city on 17 January 2018. Precautionary measures were taken to quarantine the areas and dispose of the infected birds. The preventive and controlling activities are still ongoing in the province.

  • A total of 1,047 families were displaced due to conflict in northeastern and southern regions.

  • In Kunar and Nangarhar province, cross border shelling from Pakistan resulted in an increased number of trauma cases.

16 Feb 2018 description
  • New on http://polioeradication.org/: Sudan’s surveillance system under the microscope, and a new addition to our ‘Reaching the Hard-to-Reach’ series, on AFP surveillance in challenging areas of Afghanistan, Syria and Nigeria.

  • The 16th International Health Regulations Emergency Committee regarding the international spread of poliovirus recommended that the temporary recommendations to prevent virus spread be extended for a further period of three months.

15 Feb 2018 description


  • Four aid workers from Save the Children were killed in an attack on the NGO’s office in Jalalabad.

  • Thousands of Kuchi families are unable to cross the border into Pakistan with their livestock.

  • More than two million people live in informal settlement. The vast majority of has not enough to eat.

  • The Afghan health care system has achieved remarkable progress over the past years, despite deepening conflict.

14 Feb 2018 description

Polio this week as of 07 February 2018

03 Feb 2018 description
report Voice of America

Steve Baragona


Polio cases in Pakistan rose by 73 percent during the most intense periods of civil conflict there in recent years, according to a new study.

The report, in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is one of the first to provide concrete evidence of the impacts insecurity has on efforts to eradicate the paralyzing disease.

30 Jan 2018 description


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a critical public health issue globally. If we are to preserve human and animal health, policy interventions and global collaboration are vital to improve our understanding of AMR dynamics and to inform containment and mitigation strategies.