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Humanitarian Update: Regional Office for the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, Oct 2009

Situation Report
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The Humanitarian Update is a monthly publication from UN OCHA's Regional Office in Cairo, reporting on the main humanitarian events in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. For more information on Iraq or OPT, please visit and

On 5 October 2009, a suicide bombing in the Islamabad Headquarters of United Nations' World Food Program (WFP) marks the first time where UN Offices were directly targeted in Pakistan. Five UN employees tragically lost their lives and another five were injured. Following this attack and subsequent security incidents in the country, security has remained a major concern impeding humanitarian assistance and restricting access to thousands of vulnerable populations. On 28 October 2009, in Afghanistan, another tragic attack targeted a guesthouse used by UN personnel in Kabul, killing at least four UN staff members and injuring nine. While humanitarian partners endeavor to continue serving those most in need, ironically they are subject to targeted attacks, which seriously hamper humanitarian work and make reaching out more difficult. While incidents like the suicide bombing in Islamabad and the attack in Kabul will not deter humanitarian work, partners pay tribute to all humanitarian staff, who lost their lives serving humanity around the world.

H1N1 "Swine Flu"

As of 31 October 2009, 22,689 laboratory-confirmed cases xxof Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 were reported to WHO by 21 out of 22 Member States of WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. There are 137 related deaths from Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 reported, so far, from 14 member states in the Region. These deaths were reported from Saudi Arabia (28), Oman (25), Yemen (15), Kuwait (17), Islamic Republic of Iran (22), Iraq (7), Bahrain (6), Syrian Arab Republic (6), Egypt (3), Jordan (3), Lebanon (2), Palestine (1), Afghanistan (1) and Qatar (1). For more information, please refer to WHO website at

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