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09 Oct 2019 description

OTTAWA, October 9 2019 –When an earthquake and aftershocks struck the Mirpur district in Azad Kashmir Pakistan on September 24 and 25, Islamic Relief began to respond immediately to the needs of the affected populations.

The impact of the quake damaged houses, roads and sanitation systems across a broad area. Families have been forced to sleep outdoors, and many have been collecting contaminated canal water. Health facilities are inadequate to treat affected populations, and the situation is causing psychological distress.

09 Oct 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund


In this retrospective, we look back at finalist research from six years of the Best of UNICEF Research exercise to gain perspective on its uptake and pathways to longer-term impact. The numerous examples highlighted here, including six case studies, are drawn from the many interviews conducted in 2018 and 2019 with UNICEF staff, on 37 finalist projects, supplemented by survey responses collected from 410 UNICEF staff, in 2017.


09 Oct 2019 description


The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Polio Eradication in Pakistan met in Islamabad on 29th and 30th August 2019. The two-day deliberations were led by the Chair, Dr Jean-Marc Olivé, attended by six of the seven members and supported by the Pakistan Polio Eradication Team, led by Dr Zafar Mirza, Minister of NHSRC and Mr. Babar Bin Atta, the Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Polio Eradication. The TAG welcomed the representatives from Federal and Provincial Governments, local and international partners and donors.

09 Oct 2019 description
infographic Government of Pakistan

In August:

The bi-annual Technical Advisory Group consultation was held. The report of the meeting is now available.

8.3 million children were vaccinated during the August Case Response Campaigns.

1.9 million children were vaccinated at 424 Permanent Transit Points.

09 Oct 2019 description
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The Global Humanitarian Overview published on 4 December 2018 announced funding requirements of $21.9 billion for 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Venezuela Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan. By the end of September 2019, requirements had reached $26.75 billion. The change in requirements since last month is mainly due to an increase in requirements for Mozambique. As at the end of August, 148.7 million people are estimated to be in need in 58 countries. The plans aim to collectively provide aid to 109 million people.

09 Oct 2019 description

Faiza Ilyas

KARACHI: Public and private sector hospitals in Karachi have been receiving a growing number of high-grade fever cases on a daily basis and many of them are being tested positive for dengue, it emerged on Tuesday.

As per official data, over 1,100 dengue cases have been reported in the metropolis in October alone.

According to media reports, dozens of residents in North Nazimabad’s Block F have fallen ill “due to dengue including many students of a local madressah”.

09 Oct 2019 description

Mohammad Ashfaq

PESHAWAR: The federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments have failed to reconstruct around 1,800 government schools in the province even 14 years after their destruction by a 7.6 earthquake on Oct 8, 2005.

These schools are located in Abbottabad, Mansehra, Shangla, Battagram and Kohistan districts.

Official sources said a lack of funds and disinterest of the authorities had delayed the reconstruction of schools and thus, making students attend classes in adverse conditions.

09 Oct 2019 description
report Frontier Post

KARACHI: One more patient of dengue fever died, raising the death toll from the deadly disease to 15 in Karachi this year.

According to reports, a resident of Pirabad Colony of Manghu Pir area of Karachi was admitted at a private hospital a few days ago after medical tests proved that dengue virus was present in his blood where he died during treatment.

On the other hand, 165 new cases of dengue fever were reported in Sindh province during the past 24 hours out of which 154 were reported in Karachi alone.

09 Oct 2019 description


  • In July 2019, the average retail prices of wheat and wheat flour increased by 1.4% and 2.6%, respectively; the prices of rice Irri-6 and rice Basmati increased by 2.5% and 4.9%, respectively, in July 2019 when compared to the previous month;

  • Headline inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased in July 2019 by 2.29% over June 2019 and increased by 10.34% over July 2018;

08 Oct 2019 description
report Insecurity Insight

Attacks on education

The section aligns with the definition of attacks on education used by the Global Coalition to Protect Education under Attack (GCPEA) in Education under Attack 2018.



08 Oct 2019 description

This map illustrates satellite based structure damage assessment in the Southeastern part of New Mirpur City, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan that was affected by the 5.6 magnitude Mirpur earthquake of the 24th of September 2019 with an epicenter SE of New Mipur City. UNITAR-UNOSAT has identified within the extent of this map 121 potentially damaged structures South of New Mirpur City. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR - UNOSAT.

08 Oct 2019 description

In September 2019, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 2,336 deaths and injuries from 304 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 66% (1,553) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 93% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 11% in other areas.

08 Oct 2019 description

A total of 66,268 migrants and refugees arrived in Europe through different land and sea routes between January and August 2019, 24 per cent less than the same period last year when 87,611 sea and land arrivals were reported, 50 per cent less than the 133,390 arrivals registered in this period of 2017 and 78 per cent less than the 296,512 registered during this period in 2016.

08 Oct 2019 description

Une approche internationale plus vaste et plus large est nécessaire pour lutter contre les causes contemporaines du déplacement forcé, a déclaré Filippo Grandi lors d’une réunion de haut niveau.

GENÈVE - Une approche internationale « plus large » est nécessaire pour lutter contre les déplacements forcés dans un monde où de nouveaux défis apparaissent, a déclaré aujourd’hui le Haut Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés lors d’une réunion de haut niveau.

07 Oct 2019 description

Total arrivals (1 Jan - 06 Oct 2019): 7,923
Total arrivals (1 Jan - 06 Oct 2018): 21,235
Total arrivals 1 Oct - 06 Oct 2019 289
Total arrivals 1 Oct - 06 Oct 2018 211
Average daily arrivals in October 2019 so far: 48
Average daily arrivals in September 2019: 83

07 Oct 2019 description

By Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
07 October 2019

Mr. Chairman,
Deputy Secretary-General,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

07 Oct 2019 description

Estimates suggest that by 2030, about half of the world’s poor will live in contexts of fragility, conflict and violence, all of which exacerbate the difficulties faced by poor and marginalised people, particularly in influencing the policy decisions that affect their lives.