- There were no new cases of wild poliovirus (WPV1) reported.
- 10.5 million children were vaccinated against poliovirus during case response campaigns by more than 73 000 dedicated frontline workers.
- Teams at transit points and borders successfully vaccinated 1.7 million children.
PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehmood Khan had a meeting with the Corps Commander Peshawar at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar where they discussed matters of mutual interest. The Corps Commander congratulated the Chief Minister on assumption of his charge as the Chief Minister of the province.
Pakistan is moving to bring its Federally Administered Tribal Areas into the constitutional order. But rights remain severely restricted in the borderlands, threatening deeper popular alienation. To stop militants from stepping in, the government should lift its draconian interim regulations and deliver needed services.
Weekly repatriation of registered Afghan refugees was 53% less compared to 621 refugees repatriated between 29 July and 4 August 2018. Return of undocumented Afghans also decreased, by 34%, compared to the preceding week.
All 292 Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance, while 93% (585 individuals) of the undocumented Afghan returnees were provided post-arrival assistance.
THARPARKAR: Four children died on Thursday in Sindh’s Tharparkar district owing to viral infections and malnutrition, taking the total death count in the region for similar cases during recent year to 397, sources in Mithi Civil Hospital said.
The trend of infant deaths in the region seems to have carried on from January, during which 54 infants below the age of five lost their lives due to various health issues, sources said.
Nine Advice and Legal Aid Centres (ALAC) are operational in the main refugee-hosting 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.
REGISTERED AFGHAN REFUGEES IN PAKISTAN
Populaion in Refugee Villages
445,756 (Individuals) ‐ 32%
Populaion Outside Refugee Villages
948,611 (Individuals) ‐ 68%
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:
*9,821 Afghan registered refugees (PoR cardholders) repatriated to Afghanistan from 1 March – 31 July 2018.
*14,682 Afghan refugee births registered from 1 January – 31 July 2018.
*1,368 IDP individuals (228 families) returned to their areas of origin in Pakistan since 1 January 2018.
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SLAMABAD: Recent rains have improved river flows, which have subsequently enhanced storage in major reservoirs of the country, and are likely to cause high to very high flood in the River Chenab at some major headworks, including Marala, Khanki and Qadirabad.
“According to latest hydrological conditions River Chenab at Marala, Khanki and Qadirabad is likely to attain high flood level in next 36 hours,” says a forecast issued by the Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) of the Pakistan Meteorological Department.
As of 6 August, 67 people had been killed, 128 injured and 222 houses damaged due to flooding as a result of heavy rains between 20 June and 5 August. Heavy rains, the overflow of water channels and high winds caused most of the damage to property and loss of life. The greatest number of fatalities have been reported in the Punjab province where 31 people have died, and 71 people have been injured.
KARACHI: Nineteen more dengue fever cases were detected across Karachi in a week, taking the reported cases toll to 669 in the city since 1st January 2018. According to the weekly report issued by Prevention and Control Program for Dengue in Sindh, at least 20 new dengue fever cases emerged throughout Sindh province out of which 19 were in Karachi and one in other district of the province in a week.
Weekly repatriation of registered Afghan refugees and return of undocumented Afghans remained low as per the trend throughout 2018.
Some 99% (612 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance, while 89% (853 individuals) of the undocumented Afghan returnees were provided post-arrival assistance.