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Pakistan: Crisis in NWFP - Health Cluster Bulletin no. 19

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- To date, around 59 000 families (430 000 individuals) have been registered in the two IDP-hosting districts of DI Khan and Tank. Out of this total, 36 787 families (260 000 individuals) have been verified by the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

- Military operations in South Waziristan have spilled over into Orakzai Agency to the north, where some of the militants are reported to have moved. Over 40 000 civilians have fled the area and are seeking shelter in Kohat and Hangu districts. Following a multi-cluster rapid assessment in these districts, the Health Cluster has sent essential drugs and emergency kits for the management of reproductive health and cholera cases. The Health Cluster has also sent anti-snake venom and anti-rabies vaccines to Kohat district together with drugs to treat leishmaniasis, which is endemic in the district.

- Acute respiratory tract infection (ARI) continues to be the leading cause of morbidity in the IDP-hosting and conflict-affected districts of NWFP, accounting for 32% of overall consultations and for 42% of consultations among children under five years of age.

- The Health Cluster is planning to establish an H1N1 task force at national and provincial levels in response to the reported cases of H1N1 in the country.

- On 7 December, the Health Cluster launched its second emergency obstetrics and neonatal care workshop for 24 health-care providers from Malakand Division. The workshop was held in Saidu Shariff Teaching Hospital, Swat District.

- The Health Cluster has received 48% of funds required as presented in the UN Pakistan Humanitarian Response Plan (Revision) document. Needs identified is US$42 065 870 and available fund is now at US$20 380 286.