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16 Jan 2019 description

ISLAMABAD: Early marriages and the practice of feeding girls less than boys are key reasons for stunting in children, the country director of the Global Aliiance for Improved Nutrition said on Tuesday.

Dr Qaiser Munir Pasha was speaking at a seminar on Adolescent Nutrition in Pakistan: Identifying Opportunities and Setting Priorities, which was organised by the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS).

15 Jan 2019 description

10 January 2019 – WHO has been providing support to Pakistan’s Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination and health departments in the Sindh, Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces to strengthen routine immunization in underserved areas and ensure equitable access to vaccines for children from these areas.

14 Jan 2019 description

QUETTA, 14 January 2019: It was an uphill task for a 27-year-old Afghan refugee girl to live in a traditional society having no source of income, skills and exposure – but thanks to UNHCR’s Safe from the Start programme which skilled her and empowered her, she is becoming self-reliant.

Born and raised in Quetta, Fareeda Bibi’s family fled Afghanistan due to war. She and her younger sister were very young when their father decided to go back to Afghanistan in search of job opportunities, where he was killed.

13 Jan 2019 description
report Frontier Post

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Another Polio case reported from district Bajaur as the number of polio cases rise to six from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa .

National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) Islamabad notified a polio case from Bajaur District of Tribal Districts.

National institute of Health has isolated wild polio virus from stool sample of 30 months child of village Sheikhan, UC Tali, Tehsil Salarzai, Bajaur District. .

11 Jan 2019 description

During the month of December, 2018 Light to moderate rainfall events were reported across Pakistan. Highest accumulated monthly rainfall was recorded at Islamabad = 43mm, Rawilakot = 43mm, Bantle Abbaspur (Poonch River) = 42mm, Hajira (Poonch River) = 40mm, Panjera (Poonch River) = 34mm, Haraman (Neelum River) = 33mm, = 32mm, Brarkot (Kunhar River) = 30mm, Chattar Kalas (Jhelum River) = 28mm, Balakot = 28mm, MuLaffarabad = 27mm, Carhi Dupatta = 27mm, Dir = 26mm and Pattan - 25mm.

December was practically dry across drought prone areas of Sindh and Balochistan.

11 Jan 2019 description

Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: With the confirmation of another case, the total count of polio cases in the country reached nine in 2018.

The confirmation of the ninth case came two days after the departure of World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who was on a visit from Jan 6 to 8.

Mr Ghebreyesus had said that the missing children and refusal by parents were major challenges to the eradication of poliovirus from the country.

09 Jan 2019 description


  • Uncertain prospects for 2019 wheat output due to low availability of irrigation water

  • Cereal production in 2018 estimated at near-average level

  • Cereal exports in 2018/19 forecast close to last year’s above-average level

  • Prices of wheat and wheat flour increased in recent months reflecting seasonal patterns and strong exports

  • Food insecurity persists in some localized areas

09 Jan 2019 description

PESHAWAR, 09 January 2019: As part of the UNHCR global approach to boost refugee self-reliance, the refugee agency and partners in Pakistan are supporting refugee communities to stand on their own feet.

With the support of UNHCR and partners, Afghan refugee communities are operating health facilities and pharmacies in some refugee villages through their own financial sources.

08 Jan 2019 description

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus highlighted WHO’s commitment to the final push to eradicate polio on a 4-day visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan - the only two countries where wild poliovirus cases were reported last year. He also commended the governments of both countries for their efforts to provide universal access to health services.

07 Jan 2019 description

In Numbers

1,857 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 350,000 cash based transfers made

US$ 13.03 m six months (Dec 2018 - May 2019) net funding requirements

237,000 people assisted in October 2018

Operational Updates

06 Jan 2019 description

The UAE has provided over 371.1 million units of polio vaccines to more than 57 million Pakistani children between 2014 and December 2018, through its anti-polio drive in the country, under the UAE-Pakistan Assistance Programme, UAE-PAP.

The UAE-PAP was launched under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

04 Jan 2019 description

ISLAMABAD, 04 January 2019: The Federal Minister for Health Aamer Mehmood Kiani has pledged to support the inclusion of all residents of Pakistan, including Afghan refugees, into the government’s health plans and programmes that will allow them to have access to better healthcare services.

On the invitation of Ms. Ruvendrini Menikdiwela, UNHCR Representative in Pakistan, the health minister on Friday visited UNHCR. They discussed various issues pertaining to the well-being of Afghan refugees and their host Pakistani communities.

04 Jan 2019 description

As recently as 30 years ago, wild poliovirus paralysed more than 350 000 children in more than 125 countries every year. Today, the virus has been beaten back to less than 30 reported cases in 2018 in just two countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan – and the world stands on the cusp of an unprecedented public health success: the global eradication of a human disease for only the second time in history.

03 Jan 2019 description

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minis­ter Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday expressed his happiness over enrolment of displaced Thari children in the model school built within the recently established New Sen­hri Dars model village in Thar coalfield’s block-II.

A batch of 48 students belon­ging to the Bheel community was enrolled in the model school on Tuesday.

In his message to mark the occasion, Mr Shah said: “I am quite happy that we have not only given them good houses for living but are providing education to their children.”

03 Jan 2019 description
report European Commission

Financing Agreements were signed with the Federal Ministry of Finance for a 100 million Euros today and an additional 15 million Euros will be committed by the end of the year.

Islamabad, 28 December 2018: The European Union is supporting Pakistan in its inclusive, sustainable and democratic development with new grant funding. Financing Agreements were signed with the Federal Ministry of Finance for a 100 million Euros today and an additional 15 million Euros will be committed by the end of the year.

02 Jan 2019 description
report Frontier Post

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday questioned the government about the funds spent on the development and reconstruction work in the 2005 earthquake-hit areas of the country.

The court also sought 11-year performance of the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) and directed its chairman, Lieutenant General Omar Mahmood Hayat to apear in person on next date of hearing.

30 Dec 2018 description

Current major event

Disease outbreaks in Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), January to December 2018

A total of 10 outbreaks were reported in the countries of WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) during January to December 2018. Some of these outbreaks have reported in the previous year and not been contained.

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