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31 Dec 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

MAJOR RESULTS

- About 35 million children immunised against measles.

- Immunisation , deworming, counselling on breast feeding and nutrition, and information on good hygiene practices provided to 1.87 million children under five and 330,000 pregnant women during two Child Health and Sanitation Weeks in six districts.

- Breastfeeding information provided to 20 million mothers during Global Breastfeeding Week.

- Emergency Obstetrics and Neonatal Care monitoring and training scaled up nationally reaching more than 670 doctors and health workers.

- Over 162,000 girls enrolled …

31 Dec 2008 description

Executive Summary

The ongoing emergency response to the Balochistan 29 October earthquake is located within the broader disaster management context. Culmination of emergency response phase is linked to meeting 'essential shelter needs' of 7820 shelters, planned distribution of 1750 MT Al - Nayhan food package and supporting the devolved district government based response mechanism following Army's de-induction.

30 Dec 2008 description

This report covers the period 01Jul 2008 to 31 Dec 2008

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief

Summary:

This programme update focuses on the work of the team in the Asia Pacific zone office to provide leadership and guidance to the International Federation …

30 Dec 2008 description

This report covers the period 01 July to 31 December 2008.

In brief

Programme purpose: As outlined in the 2008-09 plan, the aim of the International Federation South Asia regional office is to increase the capacity of the South Asian national societies to provide services that improve the lives of vulnerable people.

Programme(s) summary: In the second half of 2008, one of the key areas of support provided by the International Federation to national societies was in responding to the monsoon flooding in Pakistan, India and Nepal and the earthquake in Baluchistan (Pakistan). Besides …

26 Dec 2008 description

Highlights

- Weekly DEWS reports from 17 sites were received from the earthquake affected districts Ziarat (11) and Pishin (6) on due time reporting total 3,201 consultations in week 52-2008

- Upper Respiratory Tract Infection was the highest cause of morbidity accounting for 34% (1094) of the total consultations during the week

- Lower Respiratory Tract Infection is the second highest cause of morbidity reported in 16% (504) of the total consultations

- Acute diarrhoea was reported in 9% (284) of the total consultation

- No alerts/outbreaks and deaths reported from any …

24 Dec 2008 description

KAWAS, Pakistan, December 24 (UNHCR) - For years they were considered passive recipients of humanitarian aid, but Afghan refugees are now using their skills to help their local hosts in the earthquake-hit areas of south-western Pakistan.

Pakistan's Balochistan province has always been prone to natural disasters like floods, drought and earthquakes.

23 Dec 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 23 December 2008 - UNICEF called today for more concerted action to make schools safe for children.

"Whether caused by poor construction or natural catastrophes, school collapses invariably have disastrous effects on children," said Cream Wright, UNICEF Global Chief of Education. "Schools must be safe places where children can learn and thrive."

The year 2008 was marked by a number of school collapses - many of them fatal - in various parts of the world.

Following the 3 May cyclone in Myanmar, more than 4,000 schools still need to be repaired or …

23 Dec 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

KATHMANDU, 23 December 2008 - For many of South Asia's children, 2008 will go down as a year of triumphs and tragedies - a year in which children continued to be recruited in conflicts, yet a year when conflicts were briefly halted for the sake of children's health; and a year when the food, fuel and financial crises threatened to worsen child malnutrition, yet triggered off important new thinking on protection for the most vulnerable, according to the UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia.

In a region which is one the most emergency prone in the world, nearly 2.8 million …

19 Dec 2008 description

Highlights

- Weekly DEWS reports from 16 sites were received from earthquake affected districts Ziarat (10) and Pishin (6) on due time reporting total 3,025 consultations in week 51-2008

- Upper Respiratory Tract Infection was the highest cause of morbidity accounted for 36% (1081) of the total consultations during the week

- Lower Respiratory Tract Infection is the second highest cause of morbidity reported in 16% (481) of the total consultations

- Acute diarrhoea was reported 9% (267) of the total consultation

- No alerts/outbreaks and deaths reported from any reporting …

19 Dec 2008 description

GLIDE n=B0 EQ-2008-000206-PAK

Period covered by this Ops Update: 3 to 17 December 2008.

Appeal target (current): CHF 2.5 million (USD 2.08 million or EUR 1.65 million)

Appeal coverage: 81%, including contributions in the pipeline; funds are still needed to enable the Pakistan Red Crescent Society to provide immediate warm shelter assistance.

Appeal history:

This Emergency Appeal was launched on 19 November 2008 for CHF 2.5 million to provide emergency shelter provisions to 4,000 families (10 persons per family) affected by the earthquakes which struck Baluchistan on 29 …

17 Dec 2008 description

17/12/2008 Baluchistan, Pakistan - For the residents of the south western Pakistan region of Baluchistan, a bleak winter was a looming reality until an intervention by UN-HABITAT helped them to put roofs over their heads.

A winter in the open with the attendant calamitous effects would have been a double disaster for the 800 families residing in the mountainous area who suffered a huge blow last October after a devastating earthquake hit the area.

The earthquake of magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter scale hit the area on 29 October 2008 affecting a huge swath of land extending from …

16 Dec 2008 description

"Data Against Natural Disasters" to help governments and aid agencies design new monitoring systems that ensure timely and efficient delivery of assistance to disaster victims

Jakarta, December 16, 2008 - The World Bank and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today jointly launched a book that contributes to the world's understanding of the conditions and actions necessary for establishing effective disaster management information systems.

12 Dec 2008 description

Contribution In The First Year Of Three-Year Partnership Will Help Build Habitat Homes in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Ethiopia

DUBAI, 12th December 2008: ETA Star Property Developers, a real estate company based in the United Arab Emirates, recently presented its donation of two million dirham (about US$544,650) in the first year of a three-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

The contribution, which came from ETA Star's Homes for the Homeless campaign, will help Habitat to build homes with families in need in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Ethiopia.

10 Dec 2008 description

CERF Advisory Group met in Geneva

The Advisory Group met in Geneva on 19 and 20 November and included the eight members newly appointed by the Secretary-General. The Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. John Holmes, briefed the members on the progress of the Fund since their last meeting in June 2008 and the potential impact of the global financial crisis on CERF. The Advisory Group also discussed the management response to the Two-year Evaluation of the Fund.

08 Dec 2008 description
report Hong Kong Red Cross

Background

On 29 October, a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter scale shook Pakistan' s south-western province of Baluchistan in the early morning. The worst-hit areas were the districts of Ziarat, Pashin and Harnai.

The Situation

- According to government officials, about 8,000 households were completely damaged, displacing approximately 80,000 people. A total of 166 people died and 320 people have been injured.

- The emergency response operation is almost completed.

08 Dec 2008 description

QUETTA: The first winter rains and snowfall have worsened the situation in the earthquake stricken areas of district Ziarat, where thousands of quake survivors, including women and children are living in tents in the chilly weather.

They lost their houses and loved ones when a strong earthquake struck many parts of northern and central Balochistan.

The season's first rains started in Ziarat, Quetta, Pishin, and other parts of Balochistan on Saturday evening and continued till Sunday morning.

Survivors spent a sleepless night since rain water entered many tents and strong wind …

07 Dec 2008 description

QUETTA, Dec 7: Thousands of earthquake survivors in parts of Ziarat spent a sleepless night on Saturday, as incessant rain, coupled with cold winds triggered by snowfall on mountains, served to compound their woes.

Water from Saturday night and Sunday morning's rain entered tents of many quake survivors, forcing them out in the open.

"The tents provided to us failed to protect our children and other family members from rain and chilly weather," Mohammad Akhtar told Dawn by telephone from Waam.