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13 Nov 2017 description

Islamabad, November 2017: The National Polio Management Team reviewed the progress and discussed the challenges pertaining to the implementation of the National Emergency Action Plan for polio eradication in its recently held meeting at national EOC the other day.

The meeting was chaired by Prime Ministers Focal Person Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq with Coordinator for National EOC Dr. Rana Muhammad Safdar and was attended by coordinators from all the provinces as well as representatives from the Capital Development Authority, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir.

13 Nov 2017 description

PESHAWAR: Despite registering 370,000 undocumented Afghan nationals across the country, the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has yet to deliver cards to the applicants.

The officials concerned said that Nadra had yet to start printing of cards to be provided to the registered Afghan citizens. They said that Nadra did not start printing of cards since launching of the registration process.

13 Nov 2017 description
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The purpose of this report is to give an overview of the way the Drought Financing Facility is designed, including two proposed pilots in Zimbabwe and Pakistan.

The Drought Financing Facility is based on a risk management approach that involves scientific modelling of drought risks, focused scenario-based contingency planning and ground monitoring, and pre-positioned financing.

12 Nov 2017 description

Total (observed) arrivals – October: 1,017
Total (observed) arrivals - September: 673

Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - October: 69
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - September: 28

Total occupancy of government centres – end October: 4,100
Total occupancy of government centres - end September: 3,900

12 Nov 2017 description

Key messages

  • The benchmark US wheat price declined in October mostly because of higher supply prospects while maize quotations firmed due to rain-induced harvest delays. International rice prices strengthened in October, mainly reflecting seasonally tight Japonica and fragrant supplies.

11 Nov 2017 description

by Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio | @saleemzeal | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 10 November 2017 01:20 GMT

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

KARACHI, Pakistan, Nov 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When an unseasonal and potentially deadly heatwave loomed on weather forecasts last month, authorities in this port city took an unusual step: They issued a public warning, a full week in advance.

10 Nov 2017 description

In October 2017, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 4,093 deaths and injuries from explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 63% (2,592) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 93% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 8% in other areas.

10 Nov 2017 description

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been told by the Pakistani authorities to close its medical activities in Bajaur Agency in north-western Pakistan. The closure will leave thousands of people in Bajaur Agency without vital healthcare, and comes just seven weeks after MSF was forced to close its project in Kurram Agency, also in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

10 Nov 2017 description

Local Stories of Change

Empowering communities to help themselves

In May 2017 UNFPA with the Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF) began supporting the FATA Health Department and its field units in Kurram Agency, helping two overburdened health facilities in Sadda and Alizai lower Kurram to provide female health workers with reproductive health supplies, safe delivery kits and new-born baby kits.

10 Nov 2017 description

Karachi, 07 November 2017 – Students, government officials, civil society organizations and UN agencies came together today to commemorate World Tsunami Day (officially celebrated on 5 November) by holding a tsunami school evacuation drill and cleaning the shoreline near their settlements. Supported by a regional United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project to improve preparedness for tsunamis in 18 countries, this is part of five school-based awareness trainings and evacuations in Karachi’s vulnerable coastal areas.

10 Nov 2017 description

Question

What lessons can we draw from Bangladesh and other refugee-hosting countries on how to leverage change to policies, laws and practices applied to refugees? In what situations have we seen drastic shifts towards more protective legal and policy frameworks? What endogenous and exogenous factors and incentives have contributed to those shifts and what were the associated risks?

Summary

09 Nov 2017 description

Despite a recent improvement in seasonal rainfall, dryness remains in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Increased seasonal rainfall was recorded in Somalia and northeastern Kenya, helping to mitigate early-season moisture deficits, although dryness remains. Average to above-average rainfall forecast in mid- November is expected to continue to provide relief to the region.

  2. Heavy rainfall continues to sustain the risk for flooding in southeastern Kenya and northeastern Tanzania.

09 Nov 2017 description

Polio this week as of 8 November 2017

09 Nov 2017 description

As of 31 October, United Nations-coordinated appeals and refugee response plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require US$24.1 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of 105.1 million particularly vulnerable people of an estimated 145 million crisis-affected people in 39 countries. The appeals are funded at $11.8 billion, leaving a shortfall of $12.3 billion. This is $1.5 billion less than the gap reported at the end of September 2017.