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16 Oct 2018 description

By Sajida Mansoor

Islamabad, October 15, 2018 - More than 31 million Pakistani children are to be vaccinated against measles in late October in a countrywide immunization campaign that pulls together national funding and the polio programme’s greatest asset: its human resources.

15 Oct 2018 description

ISLAMABAD, 15 October 2018: In line with our global education policy which encourages the adoption of the host country’s education curriculum, the UN refugee agency has decided to use the Pakistani curriculum in refugee village schools.

The decision has been taken due to the protracted nature of the Afghan refugee situation, where the use of the host country’s curriculum constitutes both the most sustainable and the most cost-effective option.

15 Oct 2018 description
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THARPARKAR: As many as two more infants succumbed to malnutrition in the past 24 hours in Tharparkar area of Sindh province.

Sindh Health Department told private news channel that the deaths took place at Civil Hospital, Mithhi with the children being aged five and eight-days old.

The recent death of two children has taken the death toll in Tharparker to 17 for this month and 493 for the year.

12 Oct 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 88,049 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 10 October, with 40,598 to Spain, the leading destination this year. The region’s total arrivals through the recent weekend compare with 142,301 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 318,791 at this point in 2016.

Spain, with 46 per cent of all arrivals through the current year, continues to receive seaborne migrants in October at a volume approaching three times that of Greece and about eight times that of Italy.

12 Oct 2018 description

More than 32 million children will be immunised against measles, an exceptionally contagious and deadly virus, in two weeks.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - October 15, 2018: Today the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) joined the Government of Pakistan in kick-starting a nationwide measles campaign to vaccinate more than 32 million children – one-sixth of the population.

12 Oct 2018 description

Fearing shortages, Pakistan's second-largest city turns to water rationing - and raises prices

By Waqar Mustafa

LAHORE, Pakistan, Oct 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Five mornings a week, Saima Azeem helps her children wash and prepare for school. But this week has been different: She has had to use her few bottles of drinking water to get them ready.

"It's been a difficult morning. I'll have to schedule my chores according to the new water supply timing," the mother of four told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

12 Oct 2018 description
  • Papua New Guinea’s National Department of Health, WHO, UNICEF and partners issue a ‘100 Days Report’: featuring the highlights of response operations so far, the report is dedicated to the thousands of front-line polio workers who brave difficult conditions and work long hours to protect children in Papua New Guinea from polio.

10 Oct 2018 description

By Imtiaz Mugheri

Traces of polio virus have been found in five areas of Karachi, the Provincial Anti-polio Task Force said on Tuesday.

Samples of water from 11 locations were taken in Karachi. "From these, the samples from Sohrab Goth, Chakorah Nala, Muhammad Khan Colony, Baldia, and Nagi Nala have traces of the polio virus," Programme Incharge Fayyaz Jatoi told a meeting of key stakeholders, adding that samples collected from Sukkur in the same month also had traces of the virus.

10 Oct 2018 description
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KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has reiterated his resolve to eradicate polio and measles from the province of Sindh by intensifying vaccination campaigns and launching awareness drives.

This he said on Tuesday while presiding over a meeting of provincial taskforce for polio eradication here at the CM House.

09 Oct 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 86,436 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 7 October, with 39,445 to Spain, the leading destination this year. In fact, since late September’s arrivals were reported, Spain in 2018 has now received via the Mediterranean more irregular migrants than it did throughout all the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 combined.

The region’s total arrivals through the recent weekend compare with 140,272 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 318,207 at this point in 2016.

09 Oct 2018 description

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In September, 54,545 eligible refugees and asylum-seekers (26,165 families) received cash assistance in Greece, in 97 locations.

08 Oct 2018 description

By Hanif Samoon

MITHI: The names of 67,905 heads of families of Thar with the help of the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) are being included in a list so that the Tharis could get relief wheat bags and a summary in this regard has already been sent for approval from relevant authorities.

Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh, adviser to the Sindh chief minister on information Murtaza Wahab and MPA Qasim Siraj Soomro said this during a press conference in the DC office here on Sunday.

08 Oct 2018 description
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THARPARKAR: As many as three more infants succumbed to malnutrition Tharparker area of Sindh on Saturday.

According to Sindh health department, three children were killed at Civil Hospital, Mithhi and recent death has taken the death toll in Tharparker to seven in October and 483 for the year.

Every year 1,500 children die due to malnutrition, infections and lack of proper medical facilities in the remote region, health department.

08 Oct 2018 description
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LAHORE: In its first 100 days of governance, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government took another step for the well-being of its people as Prime Minister Imran Khan accorded an approval to a 5-year plan of eliminating polio from Pakistan.

On Sunday, Premier Khan, while approving the 5-year plan, directed concerned authorities to implement all measure to battle the menace of polio virus. “The restrictions imposed on Pakistan, due to polio, are distressing. I want to see a polio free Pakistan soon,” PM Imran stated.

05 Oct 2018 description
  • Preparations for World Polio Day are in full swing: partners and stakeholders across the world are preparing for World Polio Day on 24 October, to raise awareness and resources for the global eradication effort. Join Rotarians around the world in making this year’s World Polio Day a huge success. Click here to view a video message by Rotary International President Barry Rassin, inviting everyone to join in World Polio Day activities.

05 Oct 2018 description

ISLAMABAD 5 October: The UN refugee agency welcomed the federal government’s decision to extend the Proof of Registration (PoR) cards to some 1.4 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan until 30 June 2019.

“The decision will provide relief and predictability to Afghan refugees who were facing uncertainty and anxiety,” said UNHCR Country Representative in Pakistan, Ms. Ruvendrini Menikdiwela.

She met with Arbab Shahzad, Adviser to the Prime Minister on establishment on Friday.

05 Oct 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 84,345 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 3 October, with 38,451 to Spain, the leading destination this year.

The region’s total arrivals through the recent weekend compare with 139,677 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 312,153 at this same point in 2016. Deaths on the Mediterranean remain high, at 1,777. However, that figure is well below fatalities recorded at this time last year (2,749) or 2016 (3,682).

05 Oct 2018 description

QUETTA, 5 OCTOBER 2018: Though Mohammad Agha and his children could not acquire an education for themselves due to war and poverty, he has now become an advocate for education and visits local homes to convince parents to send their children, especially daughters to school.

“We couldn’t get an education, but my grandsons and granddaughters are now studying,” said Mohammad Agha, an Afghan refugee who lives in Saranan refugee village, in Pishin district, Balochistan.

05 Oct 2018 description
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Shafi Ullah

MINGORA: Provincial Health Department KP has decided to launch 12 days anti measles drive from October 15-27 across the province as the epidemic has attained alarming shape after over ten thousands suspected cases of the disease were reported in the health facilities of the province.

04 Oct 2018 description
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Adriano Campolina, chief executive of ActionAid International, says:

"Pakistan's decision to shut down ActionAid and other International NGOs is a worrying escalation of recent attacks on civil society, academics and journalists.

"The immediate victims will be the thousands of ordinary Pakistani families who ActionAid has been supporting to claim their rights and build a better life. If these trends continue, Pakistan's hard-won democracy itself will be the ultimate victim.