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ECHO Factsheet – March 2014 – Pakistan

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Key messages

  • The emergency needs of a million people internally displaced due to the conflict in the northwest of Pakistan and in the regions neighbouring Afghanistan, as well as those of millions affected by four successive years of floods, must continue to be addressed.

  • The government-facilitated return process for the internally displaced people must be voluntary, safe and dignified.

  • The process of safe and voluntary repatriation for Afghan refugees should be sustained, and their protection ensured, including the preservation of asylum space, alternative stay arrangements and resettlement.

  • Protecting humanitarian space and ensuring neutral, impartial and independent action, in line with basic humanitarian principles, is a priority.

  • With acute malnutrition rates persistently exceeding WHO emergency thresholds, a sustained, holistic, and multi-sectorial approach continues to be required to address the issue of malnutrition and widespread food insecurity in certain parts of the country, particularly in Sindh Province.

  • There is a need to continue mainstreaming Protection, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development in the humanitarian response.

  • The coordination and effectiveness of humanitarian response must be strengthened.