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- Pakistan: Floods and Heavy Snowfalls - Jan 2017
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- Pakistan: Floods and Landslides - Mar 2016
- Afghanistan/Pakistan: Earthquake - Oct 2015
- Pakistan: Floods - Apr 2015
- Pakistan: Floods - Sep 2014
- Pakistan: Drought - 2014-2017
- Pakistan: Polio Outbreak - 2014-2017
- Pakistan: Dengue Outbreak - Oct 2013
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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.
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*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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Since mid-September, conflict has escalated between the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces and the Taliban in Sar-e-Pul, Jawzjan and Balkh provinces. Parliamentary elections will be held on 20 October and violence will likely continue in the runup to the vote. An unknown number of people have been displaced in the affected provinces.
10 August 2018: In Bamenda city, Mezam department, Northwest province, an ambulance belonging to the Bamenda Regional Hospital was shot at by either national military personnel or Ambazonian fighters, seriously wounding a nurse, and slightly injuring the driver. Source: Cameroon-Info
THARPARKAR: As many as two more children succumbed to malnutrition in Tharparkar region of Sindh and raised the death toll to 28 for this month.
According to details, the toll of children dying for various reasons in Sindh’s Tharparker region continues and the health department told that the deaths took place at Civil Hospital, Mithhi with the deceased including an infant and a three-year-old.
The recent deaths of two children take the death toll in Tharparker to 28 for this month and 454 this year.
Key issues in the past week:
Fighting across the country displaced more than 6,700 people, according to initial reports.
66,000 people affected by conflict and drought received humanitarian aid in six provinces.
A health facility in Khogyani, Nangarhar, was reportedly severely damaged in fighting.
6,700 New IDPs reported in the past week
225,166 Total verified IDPs in 2018
66,000 People assisted in the past week
Countrywide Conflict Displacement
The absence of significant rainfall in the last two to three seasons have triggered drought emergency in the southern part of Sindh Province in Pakistan. As per Sindh drought assessment conducted by FAO and EU in 2017, 100% of the area of Tharparkar was facing severe water scarcity. The district of Umerkot was facing severe water scarcity in 83.8% of it’s area and moderate water scarcity in the other 16.2%.
Updated September 13, 2018
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department is struggling to execute its plan to address endemic dengue fever in Khyber tribal district over a lack of clarity over the Fata health directorate’s merger with it.
Currently, the district’s jurisdiction falls under the Fata health directorate.
LANDI KOTAL: The health authorities launched a five-day anti-dengue campaign in Jamrud subdivision of Khyber tribal district on Monday.
The officials said that 35 health teams along with representatives of different line departments and polio workers would participate in the campaign. The number of dengue patients in Jamrud has reached 150.
The officials said that health teams would pay visits to houses in Gharreeza, Wazir Dhand, Teddi Bazaar and Nayee Abadi localities of Jamrud. These areas have recorded maximum number of the total reported dengue cases.
Key issues in the past week:
- The drought has displaced a total of 275,000 people, 52,000 people more than conflict in 2018.
- In Qala-e-Naw, partners are ramping up assistance across all sectors and deploy additional staff.
- Health authorities in Hirat report a spike of cases of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever.
9,700 New IDPs reported in the past week
222,500 Total verified IDPs in 2018
63,000 People assisted
**Countrywide conflict displacement**
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The eighteenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director General on 15 August 2018 at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited Member States attending via teleconference.
In visit to Pakistan, UNHCR’s Filippo Grandi and OCHA’s Mark Lowcock urge more investment in refugee-hosting areas and highlight need for greater stability in Afghanistan.
By Gisella Lomax in Peshawar and Islamabad
THARPARKAR: As many as four more children passed away because of malnutrition in Tharparkar area of Sindh on Friday, which raised the death toll in Tharparkar to 13 for this month and 432 for this year.
According to details, a total of 40 minors had succumbed to malnutrition in the area in the last month.
According to the health department, every year 1,500 children die due to malnutrition, infections and lack of proper medical facilities in the remote region.
PESHAWAR: The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) for Polio Eradication of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has confirmed the first polio case of the province from Charsadda district where a 19-month-old boy of Mohalla Miangan Tehbana, UC Sarki Titara has tested positive. However, the child has been protected from life-long paralysis and death because of the vaccinations he has received under the Sehat Muhafiz campaign.
• During the first half of 2018, the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan continued to be worsen due to drought, ongoing displacement and conflict. More than two thirds of the country, some 20 provinces, are affected by drought impacting 750,000 people who are at risk of acute water shortage and displacement.
Summary of new viruses this week: Papua New Guinea – three new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1). No new cases of wild poliovirus. Afghanistan and Pakistan continue to detect WPV1 through environmental sampling, indicating sustained transmission. See country sections below for more details.
Key issues in the past week:
The centre of Ghazni city has been declared clear of mines, 100 items of UXO have been destroyed
Taliban have reportedly taken three ambulances and medical staff under their control in Nangarhar.
The number of people displaced by conflict in Afghanistan has surpassed 200,000 in 2018.
5,400 New IDPs reported in the past week
206,615 Total verified IDPs in 2018
60,000 People assisted in the past week
As at 31 August 2018:
11,599 registered refugees have returned to Afghanistan from neighboring and non-neighboring countries (10,301 from Pakistan).
208,615 individuals have been newly displaced by conflict in 2018 and profiled by OCHA as internally displaced persons (IDPs) in need.
78,340 Pakistani refugees from North-Waziristan Agency have been biometrically registered in Khost province and verified in Paktika province.