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22 Mar 2018 description

The brief summarises the findings of a systematic review of the effectiveness oftwo main approaches to targetting populations in programmes and policies to reduce barriers to accessing WASH services and strategies during the MDGs.The review includes evidence from 11 Sub-Saharan African and South Asian countries. 

22 Mar 2018 description

A landmine blast killed two people near the Pak-Iran border in Balochistan's Chaghi district on Wednesday.

According to Levies officials, a man and woman were killed near the Iranian border in an explosion when a pickup vehicle hit the landmine planted on the roadside.

The blast destroyed the vehicle, killing both of them on the spot.

Levies and other law enforcement agencies' personnel reached the site of the blast and an investigation into the incident has been initiated.

22 Mar 2018 description

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for Afghanistan’s reconciliation process.

“Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reiterated Pakistan’s support to the efforts for Afghan reconciliation under an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process,” said a statement from PM’s Office on the prime minister’s meeting with Afghan Ambassador Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal.

22 Mar 2018 description
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Mensajes claves

Estimaciones globales sobre la inseguridad alimentaria aguda en 2017

• Alrededor de 124 millones de personas en 51 países se enfrentan a una situación de Crisis de inseguridad alimentaria o peor (equivalente o superior a la fase 3 del IPC/CH) y requieren una acción humanitaria urgente para salvar vidas, proteger los medios de vida y reducir los niveles de hambre y desnutrición aguda.

21 Mar 2018 description
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Messages clés

Estimations mondiales de l’insécurité alimentaire aiguë en 2017

• Environ 124 millions de personnes vivant dans 51 pays sont en situation d’insécurité alimentaire de Crise ou pire (Phase 3 ou pire de l’IPC ou du CH ou équivalent) et requièrent une action humanitaire urgente afin de sauver des vies, protéger les moyens d’existence et réduire les déficits de consommation alimentaire et la malnutrition aiguë.

21 Mar 2018 description

FACTS & FIGURES

479 000 displaced people since January 2017 (OCHA, as of January 2018)

2.35 million Afghan refugees living in Iran and Pakistan (UNHCR)

2.7 million undocumented Afghans living in Iran and Pakistan

EU humanitarian aid: €775 million since 1994

Introduction

21 Mar 2018 description

Registered Afghan refugees holding Proof of Registration (PoR) or UNHCR-issued refugee cards, who are planning to return to Afghanistan from Pakistan under the UN Refugee Agency’s facilitated voluntary repatriation programme are hereby informed, that the UNHCR Voluntary Repatriation Centres (VRCs) in Azakhel in Nowshera and Baleli in Quetta will be closed on account of Pakistan Day on 23 March (Friday) 2018. The centres will reopen on 26 March, Monday.

21 Mar 2018 description
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Acute food insecurity global estimates in 2017

• Around 124 million people in 51 countries face Crisis food insecurity or worse (equivalent of IPC/CH Phase 3 or above). They require urgent humanitarian action to save lives, protect livelihoods, and reduce hunger and malnutrition.

20 Mar 2018 description
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Climate change is emerging as a potent driver of internal migration. The report Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration (2018) projects that, by 2050, without concrete climate and development action, just over 143 million people—or around 3 percent of the population across Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and South Asia —could be forced to move within their own countries to escape the slow-onset impacts of climate change.

20 Mar 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 12,983 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through the first 11 weeks of 2018, with about 47 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece (30%) Spain (22%) and Cyprus (less than 1%). This compares with 21,058 at this point in 2017.

20 Mar 2018 description

The GenCap Project, established in 2007 under the auspices of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, in partnership with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), aims to strengthen the capacity of humanitarians to undertake gender equality programming in humanitarian action. The IASC Gender Marker is the key tool used by the humanitarian community to assess how gender is incorporated in humanitarian projects.

20 Mar 2018 description

In 2017, DG ECHO gave EUR 3 million to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). When a National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society needs immediate financial support to respond to a disaster, it can request funds from the DREF.

20 Mar 2018 description

KEY UPDATES:

  • Bird flu continued to be the main challenge for the west region in February 2018. Initially in January, bird flu was found in 4 farms, but the disease has now spread to several hundred poultry farms. As a result 460,000 chicken were disposed from affected farms.

20 Mar 2018 description

Islamabad, 19 March 2018 – Having achieved the lowest ever case count of 8 in 2017, Pakistan is on right trajectory to finish the job in 2018 by maintaining intense pressure of the crippling Polio virus. This was concluded by the National Polio Management Team (NPMT) that met in Islamabad today to review the progress on National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP) and chalk out strategic direction for the low transmission season 2018/19.  

19 Mar 2018 description

Countrywide Conflict Displacement

According to OCHA’s Displacement Tracking System (DTS), 34,381 people have been displaced by conflict since the beginning of the year in 25 out of 34 provinces. The highest number of displaced families are in Kunduz Province with 13,615 IDPs, followed by neighbouring Takhar with 5,383 IDPs.

19 Mar 2018 description

ISLAMABAD, 19 March 2018: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency on Monday reaffirmed its commitment to work with the Governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan on long-term solutions for 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

19 Mar 2018 description

By Rina Saeed Khan

ISLAMABAD, March 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change is causing glaciers around the world to melt, raising the risk of flooding and other problems. But residents of a remote area of Pakistan face floods for the opposite reason – their glaciers are growing.

Experts say that more than 120 glaciers in Pakistan's north are stable, or even growing rapidly, in a phenomenon called the "Karakoram Anomaly".