THARPARKAR: As many as two more children succumbed to malnutrition in Tharparkar region of Sindh and raised the death toll to 28 for this month.
According to details, the toll of children dying for various reasons in Sindh’s Tharparker region continues and the health department told that the deaths took place at Civil Hospital, Mithhi with the deceased including an infant and a three-year-old.
The recent deaths of two children take the death toll in Tharparker to 28 for this month and 454 this year.
UNHCR’S SELF–RELIANCE AND LIVELIHOODS PROGRAMME
In recent years, UNHCR has given increased priority to promoting self-reliance for refugees and other persons of concern (PoCs)*.
Self-reliance is a vital part of enhancing refugees’ protection, empowerment, and resilience. It is a cross-cutting theme described throughout UNHCR’s Strategic Directions 2017-2021, and highlighted in the High Commissioner’s guidance to prepare annual plans for 2019.
September 16, 2018 6:33 PM
ISLAMABAD — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in an unprecedented announcement Sunday, pledged to offer Pakistani citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Afghans born to refugee families his country has been hosting for decades.
The United Nations refugee agency and local officials say there are 2.7 million Afghans, including 1.5 million registered as refugees, in Pakistan. The displaced families have fled decades of conflict, ethnic and religious persecution, poverty and economic hardships in turmoil-hit Afghanistan.
The absence of significant rainfall in the last two to three seasons have triggered drought emergency in the southern part of Sindh Province in Pakistan. As per Sindh drought assessment conducted by FAO and EU in 2017, 100% of the area of Tharparkar was facing severe water scarcity. The district of Umerkot was facing severe water scarcity in 83.8% of it’s area and moderate water scarcity in the other 16.2%.
Repatriation of Afghan refugees was significantly higher compared to 166 refugees that repatriated between 26 August and 1 September. Return of undocumented Afghans also increased, by 27%, compared to 705 individuals that returned in the preceding week.
Some 96% (525 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance, while 77% (687 individuals) of the undocumented Afghan returnees were provided post-arrival assistance.
Updated September 13, 2018
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department is struggling to execute its plan to address endemic dengue fever in Khyber tribal district over a lack of clarity over the Fata health directorate’s merger with it.
Currently, the district’s jurisdiction falls under the Fata health directorate.
LANDI KOTAL: The health authorities launched a five-day anti-dengue campaign in Jamrud subdivision of Khyber tribal district on Monday.
The officials said that 35 health teams along with representatives of different line departments and polio workers would participate in the campaign. The number of dengue patients in Jamrud has reached 150.
The officials said that health teams would pay visits to houses in Gharreeza, Wazir Dhand, Teddi Bazaar and Nayee Abadi localities of Jamrud. These areas have recorded maximum number of the total reported dengue cases.
This Communique is being issued in pursuance of the High Commissioner’s meetings with the representatives of the Government of Pakistan, notably the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary SAFRON.
In visit to Pakistan, UNHCR’s Filippo Grandi and OCHA’s Mark Lowcock urge more investment in refugee-hosting areas and highlight need for greater stability in Afghanistan.
By Gisella Lomax in Peshawar and Islamabad
As predicted by PMD, during July-August 2018, below normal rainfall was recorded over most of the southern parts of the country. The summer months (May-June) 2018 received (7%) above normal rainfall whereas during monsoon months (July-August) 2018, it was well below normal (-30.4%) and during (May-August) 2018, below normal (-24.4%) rainfall was recorded over Pakistan. The rainfall departure (%) detail is as under;
THARPARKAR: As many as four more children passed away because of malnutrition in Tharparkar area of Sindh on Friday, which raised the death toll in Tharparkar to 13 for this month and 432 for this year.
According to details, a total of 40 minors had succumbed to malnutrition in the area in the last month.
According to the health department, every year 1,500 children die due to malnutrition, infections and lack of proper medical facilities in the remote region.
ISLAMABAD, Friday 7 September: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi Friday said empowering youth and investing in their future will pay dividends for peace, security and prosperity.
“Empowering Afghan and Pakistani youth through vocational training and livelihood projects is an important part of strengthening both communities,” said the High Commissioner during his visit to the Construction Technology Training Institute (CTTI) in Islamabad.
PESHAWAR: The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) for Polio Eradication of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has confirmed the first polio case of the province from Charsadda district where a 19-month-old boy of Mohalla Miangan Tehbana, UC Sarki Titara has tested positive. However, the child has been protected from life-long paralysis and death because of the vaccinations he has received under the Sehat Muhafiz campaign.
WHO: Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief
WHAT: Joint Mission to Pakistan with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi WHEN: 6-9 September 2018
WHERE: Islamabad, Peshawar
Cross-border movement of Afghan refugees and undocumented Afghans resumed this week after holidays, but the numbers remained low following the trend in 2018.
Some 99% (164 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance, while 76% (535 individuals) of the undocumented Afghan returnees were provided post-arrival assistance.
THARPARKAR: Two children on Sunday died of viral infections and malnutrition at a government hospital in Tharparkar.
Civil Hospital Mithi administration sources said one-month-old Nizamuddin and two-year-old Allah Rakhio were admitted to the hospital for several days for medical treatment.
It is pertinent to mention that 60 children have died of viral diseases and malnutrition in the last month in the district.
The hospital administration said 48 children were still being treated at the hospital. The under-treatment kids are suffering from malnutrition.