Ikram JunaidiUpdated September 23, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Poliovirus that originated in the Northern Corridor in Afghanistan – Kandahar and Helmand – has been detected in various Pakistani cities including Rawalpindi.
Emergency Operations Centre for Polio Eradication National Coordinator Rana Mohammad Safdar said the virus has been detected in Peshawar and other cities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well.
THARPARKAR: At least two more minors succumbed to malnutrition in Tharparkar and increased the death toll to 34 in September.
The health department confirmed that a girl died in Civil Hospital Mithi on September 20 due to the same reason.
Deaths continue to be caused by malnutrition in Tharparkar, despite promises made by leaders of political parties on their visits to the desert.
As per data by the health department, every year 1,500 children die due to malnutrition, infections and lack of proper medical facilities in the remote region.
Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: Afghanistan – one new case of wild poliovirus (WPV1). Democratic Republic of Congo – two new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2). See country sections below for more details.
Featured on www.polioeradication.org: Coffee with Polio Experts – Darcy Levison of WHO talks about the logistical challenges of reaching every child in the Lake Chad subregion.
Conflicts and climatic shocks aggravate current food insecurity in many countries
Some 39 countries in need of food assistance - FAO expects slightly lower global cereal production
20 September 2018, Rome - Persistent conflicts and climate-related shocks are currently driving high levels of severe food insecurity, particularly in Southern African and Near East countries, which continue to require humanitarian assistance, according to a new report published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today.
BY PHILLIP CONNOR
Internal displacement is at an unprecedented global peak.
The number of people forcibly displaced within their own countries by armed conflict and other situations of violence has steadily risen in this century – resulting in more than 40 million internally displaced throughout the world in 2016.
By Rina Saeed Khan
Better water storage and a more secure supply mean conflicts over water are declining - and harvests are growing
SIKSA, Pakistan, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a pipeline was installed last year to bring spring water and snowmelt to this village of 500 households in northern Pakistan, it brought something else as well: peace.
SLAMABAD: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in its Monsoon daily situation on Tuesday reported 88 persons died, 158 were injured, and 362 houses were damaged due to heavy rains in the country from June 20 to September 14, 2018 here on Tuesday.
According to the report, due to heavy rains and overflow of water channels, gusty winds in various areas of the provinces caused most of the damages of precious lives and property during Monsoon 2018.
By Fahad Chaudhry
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that he will consult all the political parties before taking a final decision on his recently made promises to grant citizenships to Afghan and Bengali families living in the country for many decades..
The prime minister, in his first official visit to Karachi over on Sunday, had vowed to end the Afghan and Bengali refugees' plight by issuing them passports and national identity cards.
*10,749 Afghan registered refugees (PoR cardholders) repatriated to Afghanistan from 1 March – 31 August 2018.
*16,835 Afghan refugee births registered from 1 January – 31 August 2018.
**83,310 IDP individuals (13,885 families) returned to their areas of origin in Pakistan since 1 January 2018.
Working with Partners
The Community‐Based Protection and Urban Outreach Strategy (2017‐2019) for Afghan Refugees in Pakistan was endorsed in July 2017. The overall goal of the strategy is for Afghan refugees living in Pakistan to be empowered and their resilient capacity strengthened, enabling them to minimize their exposure to protection risks and improve their overall protection environment, with a special focus on the most vulnerable.
The four key priorities of the strategy covers:
Nine Advice and Legal Aid Centres (ALAC) are operational in the main refugeehosting areas of four provinces and provide free legal support to persons of concern: four in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), one in Sindh and three in Punjab and Islamabad Capital Territory through partnership agreements with SHARP and one in Balochistan run by SEHER.
Proof of Registration (PoR) card is an important protection tool that provides temporary legal stay and freedom of movement for the 1.39 million registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan. PoR cards which have expired at the end of 2015 have been extended through official notification until 30 September 2018*.
Overview of Voluntary Repatriation from Pakistan to Afghanistan
UNHCR facilitates the Voluntary Repatriation of Afghan refugees as part of its mandate to provide durable solutions. UNHCR’s Voluntary repatriation program begins in March and ends in November every year.
Eight refugees previously held on Manus Island, have left Papua New Guinea's capital of Port Moresby to be resettled in the United States.
Read more on Radio New Zealand International.
REGISTERED AFGHAN REFUGEES IN PAKISTAN
Populaion in Refugee Villages
446,170 (Individuals) ‐ 32%
Populaion Outside Refugee Villages
949,422 (Individuals) ‐ 68%
The trend of decreasing political violence in South and Southeast Asia continued, while at the same time the number of reported fatalities slightly increased. The overall number of riots and protest events in South and Southeast Asia also increased last week compared to the previous week.
Since mid-September, conflict has escalated between the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces and the Taliban in Sar-e-Pul, Jawzjan and Balkh provinces. Parliamentary elections will be held on 20 October and violence will likely continue in the runup to the vote. An unknown number of people have been displaced in the affected provinces.