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06 Nov 2017 description
  • A massive landslide has affected the area of Bajaur Agency (Federally Administered Tribal Areas province, north-west Pakistan), causing casualties and damages.

  • According to media, as of 6 November at 6.00 UTC, at least seven people have been killed in the town of Sikandaro Kandao (Bajaur Agency).

03 Nov 2017 description
report Tufts University

By Julie Flaherty

Three questions with Gregory Gottlieb, the new director of the Feinstein International Center at Tufts

03 Nov 2017 description

Polio this week as of 1 November 2017

03 Nov 2017 description

Three years after they were set up, three physical rehabilitation centres have been handed over to the Indus Hospital Network by the ICRC. Over 14,000 people with disabilities have so far benefited from the free, state-of-the-art medical services provided at these centres, located in Lahore, Muzaffargarh and Karachi.

03 Nov 2017 description

The Desert Locust situation continued to remain calm during October. Seasonal rains ended in the summer breeding areas of the Sahel in West Africa and Sudan as well as along the Indo-Pakistan border. Consequently, vegetation was drying out and locust numbers were decreasing. Small-scale breeding continued in western Mauritania but locust numbers remained low. A second generation of breeding is thought to be underway in one area on the Red Sea coast in Eritrea where good rains have fallen since May.

03 Nov 2017 description

2 November 2017 – Pakistan has launched the first sub-national immunization days (SNIDs) campaign of the current low transmission season on 30 October 2017, targeting more than 21 million children under the age of 5. The campaign has taken place in a total of 95 districts/agencies/towns of the country. The majority of districts concluded the SNIDs on 2 November, while three districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Chitral, Dir Lower and Dir Upper as well as Lahore will start the campaign on 6 November.

02 Nov 2017 description

Mr. President,

Distinguished delegates,

A few weeks ago, I was in Bangladesh, at the border with Myanmar - witnessing the most rapid refugee exodus since the massive population movements of the mid-1990s.

It was a stark illustration of what happens when the root causes of conflict and violence are not addressed, and the relationship between a state and some of its people breaks down.

The result is a human tragedy on a dramatic scale.

02 Nov 2017 description


Between 1 January and 30 September 2017, 105,418 persons arrived in Italy by sea. This is a 20% decrease compared to sea arrivals in the same period last year (132,043). Disembarkations slowed as of mid-July 2017. Arrival numbers have consequently been significantly lower in July, August, and September this year, compared to 2016.

02 Nov 2017 description
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  1. In 2017, Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs) in the MENA region requested US$7.4 billion. The total amount received to date is $3.6 billion (49%), which leaves a shortfall of $3.8 billion (51%).

  2. The Syria Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) requested US$5.58 billion. The total amount received to date is $2.59 billion (46%), which leaves a shortfall of $2.99 billion (54%).

02 Nov 2017 description
report Save the Children

Executive summary


Writing in 1901, William Osler, one of the founders of modern medicine, described pneumonia as “the captain of the men of death”. He was writing about the USA, where the disease was a major killer of children – and a source of fear for their parents. Pneumonia remains a “captain of the men of death”. No infectious disease claims the lives of more children. Today, almost all of the victims are in low- and middle-income countries. The vast majority are poor.

02 Nov 2017 description

The Ambassador of Pakistan, Mazhar Javed, called on the Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba at his office today. The Ambassador handed over a cheque of US$ one million as Pakistan’s contribution towards reconstruction/ rehabilitation of the affectees of the recent floods in Nepal. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba thanked the Government and the people of Pakistan for contributing generously to Nepal’s efforts for the reconstruction/ rehabilitation of the flood affectees.

01 Nov 2017 description

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Cholera in Yemen: Key questions

The cholera outbreak in Yemen continues to rage and from April to 28 October 2017, a total of 880,987 suspected cholera cases including 2,183 associated deaths with a case fatality rate of 0.25% were reported from Yemen. The cases were reported from almost all governorates (96% of the governorates were affected) and almost all districts (92% of the districts were affected).

01 Nov 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Trump Administration Should Publish Policy, Strengthen Protections

(Washington, DC) – US President Donald Trump’s reported rule changes for targeting terrorism suspects increase the risk of drone strikes killing civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. The Trump administration should immediately publish its new policy on targeted killings outside conventional battlefields and strengthen protection for civilians.

01 Nov 2017 description

The UN refugee agency has formally transferred the protection cluster lead and coordination to the FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) in Pakistan.

A FDMA-led protection working group will now further strengthen coordination, information management and the provision of protection services, including the referral of displaced people and returnees requiring legal aid in FATA.

01 Nov 2017 description

Peshawar, 31 October 2017–The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the FATA Secretariat inaugurated the FATA Economic Revitalization Program today at an event in Peshawar. Representatives from USAID and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed the PKR 1.6 billion (US$ 15 million) award for building sustainable livelihoods in three FATA agencies – South Waziristan, North Waziristan and Khyber –affected by insecurity and displacement.

01 Nov 2017 description

Three Levies personnel were injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast targeting a polio team in Bajaur Agency's Khar district on Tuesday, officials said.

Officials in the political administration said the team was targeted while administering polio drops to children in the area.

The wounded were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital for treatment, the officials added.

Fieldworkers and security forces involved in anti-polio drives in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have often been targeted by militants.