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24 Sep 2018 description

Meet a religious leader helping to end polio in Pakistan.

Pakistan polio eradication programme has achieved significant progress in recent years, thanks to renewed government commitment and revitalized community ownership. However, in cities like Karachi, poliovirus continues to be detected.

24 Sep 2018 description

Total arrivals (1 Jan - 23 Sep 2018): 20,881
Total arrivals (1 Jan - 23 Sep 2017): 103,130
Total arrivals 1 Sep - 23 Sep 2018 880
Total arrivals 1 Sep - 23 Sep 2017 4,003
Average daily arrivals in September 2018 so far: 38
Average daily arrivals in August 2018: 48

24 Sep 2018 description


577,224 total returns from Iran and Pakistan since 01 Jan 2018
552,071 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2018
25,153 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2018
14,361 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran
505 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan
3% of returnees from Iran (442 individuals) assisted
90% of returnees from Pakistan (452 individuals) assisted

Return from Iran

24 Sep 2018 description

In Numbers

2,711 mt of food assistance distributed

US$19 m six months (July - December 2018) net funding requirements

291,000 people assisted in May 2018

Operational Updates

24 Sep 2018 description

During last week (16 – 22 September 2018), 211 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan (41 from Iran and 170 from Pakistan)

12,902 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan in 2018, out of which 11,419 from Pakistan, 1,372 from Iran and 111 from other countries (as of 15 September 2018)

This is 74% less compared to the same period in 2017, when 50,400 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan

24 Sep 2018 description

by Saleem Shahid

QUETTA: More than 2.5 million children under the age of five will be administered drops during a three-day anti-polio campaign to be launched across Balochistan on Monday (today).

Balochistan Emergency Operation Centre Coordinator Syed Faisal Ahmed said here on Sunday that vitamin-A drops would also be given to the children.

23 Sep 2018 description

Ikram JunaidiUpdated September 23, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Poliovirus that originated in the Northern Corridor in Afghanistan – Kandahar and Helmand – has been detected in various Pakistani cities including Rawalpindi.

Emergency Operations Centre for Polio Eradication National Coordinator Rana Mohammad Safdar said the virus has been detected in Peshawar and other cities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well.

23 Sep 2018 description
report Frontier Post

F.P. Report

THARPARKAR: At least two more minors succumbed to malnutrition in Tharparkar and increased the death toll to 34 in September.

The health department confirmed that a girl died in Civil Hospital Mithi on September 20 due to the same reason.

Deaths continue to be caused by malnutrition in Tharparkar, despite promises made by leaders of political parties on their visits to the desert.

As per data by the health department, every year 1,500 children die due to malnutrition, infections and lack of proper medical facilities in the remote region.

20 Sep 2018 description
  • Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: Afghanistan – one new case of wild poliovirus (WPV1). Democratic Republic of Congo – two new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2). See country sections below for more details.

  • Featured on www.polioeradication.org: Coffee with Polio Experts – Darcy Levison of WHO talks about the logistical challenges of reaching every child in the Lake Chad subregion.

20 Sep 2018 description

Conflicts and climatic shocks aggravate current food insecurity in many countries

Some 39 countries in need of food assistance - FAO expects slightly lower global cereal production

20 September 2018, Rome - Persistent conflicts and climate-related shocks are currently driving high levels of severe food insecurity, particularly in Southern African and Near East countries, which continue to require humanitarian assistance, according to a new report published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today.

19 Sep 2018 description

Internal displacement is at an unprecedented global peak.

The number of people forcibly displaced within their own countries by armed conflict and other situations of violence has steadily risen in this century – resulting in more than 40 million internally displaced throughout the world in 2016.

19 Sep 2018 description

By Rina Saeed Khan

Better water storage and a more secure supply mean conflicts over water are declining - and harvests are growing

SIKSA, Pakistan, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a pipeline was installed last year to bring spring water and snowmelt to this village of 500 households in northern Pakistan, it brought something else as well: peace.

19 Sep 2018 description
report Frontier Post

SLAMABAD: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in its Monsoon daily situation on Tuesday reported 88 persons died, 158 were injured, and 362 houses were damaged due to heavy rains in the country from June 20 to September 14, 2018 here on Tuesday.

According to the report, due to heavy rains and overflow of water channels, gusty winds in various areas of the provinces caused most of the damages of precious lives and property during Monsoon 2018.

19 Sep 2018 description

By Fahad Chaudhry

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that he will consult all the political parties before taking a final decision on his recently made promises to grant citizenships to Afghan and Bengali families living in the country for many decades..

The prime minister, in his first official visit to Karachi over on Sunday, had vowed to end the Afghan and Bengali refugees' plight by issuing them passports and national identity cards.

19 Sep 2018 description

*10,749 Afghan registered refugees (PoR cardholders) repatriated to Afghanistan from 1 March – 31 August 2018.

*16,835 Afghan refugee births registered from 1 January – 31 August 2018.

**83,310 IDP individuals (13,885 families) returned to their areas of origin in Pakistan since 1 January 2018.

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