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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.

07 Mar 2018 description
report IRIN

Critics say the threat of looming aid sector shutdowns is already hitting the country’s most vulnerable

The closest government-run health clinic is more than an hour’s drive from the village of Bhagwal, in Pakistan’s Punjab province, but for expectant mother Mehreen Bibi, it might as well be a world away.

Read more on IRIN.

21 Feb 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight


Burkina Faso

15 January 2018: Update: An Australian humanitarian doctor kidnapped on 15 January 2016 continues to be held hostage by an al-Qaeda-linked group. Source: aOuaga

Central African Republic

15 Feb 2018 description


  • Four aid workers from Save the Children were killed in an attack on the NGO’s office in Jalalabad.

  • Thousands of Kuchi families are unable to cross the border into Pakistan with their livestock.

  • More than two million people live in informal settlement. The vast majority of has not enough to eat.

  • The Afghan health care system has achieved remarkable progress over the past years, despite deepening conflict.

05 Feb 2018 description

Countrywide Conflict Displacement

Since the beginning of the year, a total of 6,966 displaced people have been recorded in OCHA’s Displacement Tracking System (DTS), all of them displaced in 2018. The highest number of displaced people this year was reported from the North-Eastern Region.

03 Feb 2018 description
report Voice of America

Steve Baragona


Polio cases in Pakistan rose by 73 percent during the most intense periods of civil conflict there in recent years, according to a new study.

The report, in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is one of the first to provide concrete evidence of the impacts insecurity has on efforts to eradicate the paralyzing disease.

01 Feb 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents incidents affecting health workers, healthcare facilities and ambulances between July and December 2017. It includes incidents identified by Insecurity Insight's monitoring of open sources. The actual number of incidents affecting healthcare is undoubtedly higher.

46 health workers in eight countries were reportedly killed, kidnapped, injured or assaulted

29 Jan 2018 description
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Countrywide Conflict Displacement

More than 17,000 displaced people have been recorded in OCHA’s Displacement Tracking System (DTS) during the past week, some of whom have been displaced at the end of 2017.

25 Jan 2018 description

Key Updates

  • Conflict and displacement continued to affect delivery of health services across the country in December 2017.

  • In Nangarhar, the Khogiani IDPs continued to burden health services in surrounding districts.

  • 8 health facilities in 4 districts in the west region were closed by Taliban and three health facilities were closed in Kandahar.

  • 1,414 families were displaced in the northeastern region.

22 Jan 2018 description

Key issues:

More than 2,000 people have been displaced in Nejrab District, Kapisa, to the district centre and other villages due to military operations in the past two weeks.

Close to 7,000 people were displaced to Kunduz City from Chardarah district since 15 January due to military operations, according to initial information.

21 Jan 2018 description


  • Conflict indicators reached record highs in 2017, including air strikes.

  • The coming months are expected to be drier and warmer than on average, affecting the upcoming winter and spring crops.

  • Pressure could mount again on more than two million Afghan citizens in Pakistan to return to their home country.

  • Awareness campaigns by health workers in Khost have built trust with residents and ensured their better treatment.

19 Jan 2018 description

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is extremely saddened that two committed frontline health workers were killed while delivering vaccines in Quetta, Pakistan. We extend our deepest condolences to their family. The delivery of health care is impartial and any attack against health workers is an attack on the children of Pakistan, whose very lives health workers are working to protect. The GPEI remains committed to supporting the government and people of Pakistan in continuing their important work to stop polio for good.

19 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

KATHMANDU, 19 January 2018 – “UNICEF joins the Government of Pakistan in its condemnation of the killing of two polio vaccinators in Balochistan earlier this week."

“The mother and daughter who were killed were at the forefront of this extremely important fight to combat polio in Pakistan. Such attacks on health workers can hamper the important work to eradicate the disease and ensure that Pakistani children are no longer at risk of lifelong disability.”

19 Jan 2018 description

Islamabad: Federal Minister for National Health Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarrar and Prime Minister’s Focal person for Polio Eradication, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq have strongly condemned the cowardly attack on innocent polio worker in Balochistan in which two front line workers have been martyred by the terrorists.

18 Jan 2018 description

Pakistani authorities say gunmen shot and killed a mother and her daughter who were taking part in an antipolio campaign in the southwestern city of Quetta.

Police official Naseebullah Khan said that Sakina Bibi, 50, and her 20-year-old daughter, Alizah, were giving immunization drops to children on January 18 when two gunmen riding on a motorcycle shot them.

No one has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but militants in Pakistan have regularly targeted polio workers and their guards.

17 Jan 2018 description

On 3 January 2018, Pakistan granted Afghan refugees in Pakistan a residence extension until the end of January. This is the shortest extension ever given to Afghan refugees in Pakistan and raises concerns of imminent large-scale forced returns. Some 1.39 million Afghan refugees are registered in Pakistan, as well as an estimated one million unregistered Afghans. If returns are enforced, it is likely to have a major impact on shelter, protection, and food needs. However, previous deadlines have been threatened but not enforced, reducing the probability of the risk.

09 Jan 2018 description


In Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, 130 doctors were killed and 150 kidnapped between 2012 and 2014, according to major national newspaper The News.