Boosting birth registration in Pakistan with mobile phones
THATTA DISTRICT, Sindh Province, Pakistan, April 2016 – In Nabi Bukhsh Baloch, a rural community in Pakistan’s Sindh province, the entire village has come together to celebrate its newest resident. Mai Hajiani and her husband Ameer Bukhsh have just welcomed a baby boy, Darya Khan. In rural communities like this one, the birth of a child calls for joy and celebration, with festivities sometimes continuing for days and weeks, especially if it’s a boy.
In Pakistan, cultivating young entrepreneurs
OKARA, Punjab Province, Pakistan, January 2015 – “I have my own motorcycle repair shop and am earning enough for my family to have a decent life,” says Mohammad Tanvir, 19. “Circumstances forced me to give up education after middle school. I started working in a motorcycle repair shop just to learn some skills. I did not get paid for my work since I was a novice and the owner of the shop was teaching me.”
In Pakistan, reconstruction and resilience in earthquake’s aftermath
SHANGLA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, 3 November 2015 – Deep in the mountains of the Hindu Kush, the 26 October earthquake that struck Afghanistan and Pakistan has ravaged the lives of many people. Some 272 deaths have been reported from different areas of Pakistan, mainly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, while the number of injured exceeds 2,000 people.
A partnership to raise prosperity and protect children in rural Pakistan
BELA, Pakistan, 28 October 2015 ¬– “Working together, we not only share each other’s burden, but are also ensuring a brighter future for our children,” Jan Bibi says proudly as she looks at her husband, Muhammad Sharif.
In Pakistan, countering malnutrition among the most vulnerable
MITHI, Pakistan, 20 July 2015 – “Raising children has not been easy for me,” says Pushpa, 27. “Each one of my daughters was underweight at the time of birth, and I had to take them to the doctor frequently, as they would often fall sick.”
A partnership to help vaccinate children against measles in Pakistan
SHEIKHUPURA, Punjab province, Pakistan, 17 April 2015 – As the vaccinator fills the syringe from a vial of measles vaccine, Nishat, 30, watches carefully while she holds her 2-year-old son. She knows the needle will hurt, but she also knows the benefit that comes with the pain.
In Pakistan, a vaccinator’s resolve
NANKANA SAHIB, Punjab Province, Pakistan, 15 April 2015 – “I have been vaccinating children for the last 25 years,” says Farrukh Hussain, a vaccinator at the Basic Health Unit in Budha village, Nankana district. “I have five children of my own, three girls and two boys, and I have vaccinated all of them myself. Vaccination is the first line of defence against vaccine-preventable diseases, and every time I vaccinate a child, it feels as if I have saved a life.”
In Pakistan, a skilled birth attendant delivers health and safety for mothers and children
KASUR DISTRICT, Pakistan, 3 December 2014 – “My biggest pleasure is to see that the mother and child are both healthy after the delivery,” says Shagufta Shahzadi, 30, a skilled birth attendant (SBA) who lives and works in Nandanpura village, Kasur district, in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
Restored health services benefit mothers and children in flood-affected Pakistan
RAJANPUR DISTRICT, Pakistan, 9 August 2013 – Amna Bibi, 28, feels overwhelmed every time she looks at her newborn daughter, who is sound asleep in her arms. Malaika is only 10 days old. She is the youngest of Amna’s six children and the only one born under proper medical care. All her other children were born at home.
Two years on, flood-affected communities in Pakistan find hope in schools
SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, 10 June 2013 - Ghulam Rasool, 11, doesn’t remember much about the floods that ravaged his village in Thatta district, Sindh province, forcing his family to flee.
Determined to protect every child in Pakistan from measles
QUETTA, Pakistan, 2 May 2013 – Kausar Parveen prepares an injection. Her resolve to vaccinate every child within her reach has kept her going with the same vigour for quarter of a century.
Difference between life and death for children in Sindh province, Pakistan
SANGHAR DISTRICT, Sindh Province, Pakistan, 15 April 2013 – Nightat Bibi is from a remote village in Sanghar district. A mother of five, she knows all too well how vulnerable a malnourished child is to disease and death.
Six months after the floods, life is slowly returning to normal in Sindh province, Pakistan
KASHMORE DISTRICT, Sindh province, Pakistan, 4 April 2013 – On a bright, sunny morning, children disembark from a boat in Kandhkot and run excitedly towards their school – or what remains of it.
Taking clean water and hygiene awareness to rural Pakistan
FAQIR WALA, Dera Ghazi Khan district, Pakistan, 22 March 2013 – Asma is a member of an 18-person household in the rural community of Faqir Wala, Pakistan. Until recently, the some 1,000 people of this village drank polluted water and defecated in the open.
In Pakistan, addressing the root causes of child labour
BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan, 18 March 2013 – Iqra Khalid, 13, dreams of becoming a teacher. “I would like to help those who cannot afford to go to school,” she says, with a bright smile.
Pakistani youngsters tell stories of hope through one-minute films
LAHORE, Pakistan, 30 January 2013 – Mibsam Tanveer practises his karate moves as he waits for the cameraman to say the magic word: Action! The 10-year-old is acting in a film he conceived about the eternal struggle of good versus evil. His karate kicks and punches are against the manifestations of evil – social ills such as hatred and anger.
In Pakistan, flood-affected children get a second chance to attend school
Farhat, 14-years-old, sits with a notebook in her hand, awaiting her lesson on a hot summer day. She is the oldest student in her school, and certainly one of the brightest. She was admitted in the 2010-2011 school year, and within eighteen months has progressed to the third grade, owing to her keen interest and eagerness to study. Her father, Ghulam Abbas, is a father of eight and works as a mason in their village of Basti Poly, located in Rajanpur district. He earns an average of USD 3 a day when he has a steady income, but that has been infrequent due to the economic downturn.
In the face of ongoing insecurity in Pakistan, a 13-year-old boy plays an active role in a camp for displaced persons
JALOZAI CAMP, Pakistan, 5 December 2012 – In his spare time, 13-year-old Irfan Ullah practises spin bowling, copying his favourite Pakistani cricketer, Shahid Afridi. Handy with a bat, Irfan hopes to represent Pakistan’s national team one day.
Hit hard by massive flooding for the third successive year, people of Pakistan's Sindh province have no respite
JACOBABAD, Sindh, Pakistan, 13 November 2012 – As the only breadwinner of a family of 13, Sikandar Ali is deeply concerned about the health and nutrition of his wife, nine children and two sisters. Although the family had hardly recovered from hardships brought by floods in 2010, widespread monsoon flooding has, once again, deprived him of his livelihood.
In Pakistan, UNICEF and partners provide essential services in area devastated by monsoon floodwaters
JACOBABAD DISTRICT, Pakistan, 19 October 2012 - Reshma is a cheerful first-grader with hopes and aspirations for her future. She makes beautiful dolls in her spare time.
In north-western Pakistan, UNICEF provides safety and education for displaced children
Jalozai Camp, Pakistan, 17 July 2012 – Safia Bibi, 11, recalls the day her house in Khyber Agency was riddled with mortar shells and bullets.
UNICEF-constructed schools are inaugurated in earthquake-affected Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
GARI HABIBULLAH, Pakistan, 22 June 2012 – Eleven-year-old Khadija Riaz recalls the earthquake that devastated north-western Pakistan in 2005. She was then a second grade student in the mosque school of Paksayr Village, not far from the town of Gari Habibullah in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
Insecurity in north-western Pakistan adds to mounting displacement pressure
JALOZAI, Pakistan, 20 June 2012 – More than 200,000 people – over half of them children – have been registered as displaced from Khyber Agency, in volatile north-western Pakistan, since January. They are joining families displaced by earlier insecurity, creating a total displaced population of close to 720,000 people in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
In Pakistan, an uncertain future for displaced families in host communities
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, 15 June 2012 – Rafil Afridi rubs his eyes in a dusty village on the outskirts of Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. The sound of rocks being crushed at the neighbouring gravel factory makes it difficult to concentrate.
Saudi Fund for Development and UNICEF revive education in the Swat Valley
NAWAY KALAY, Swat Valley, Pakistan, 9 May 2012 – Students of the Naway Kalay Government Boys’ School wore crisp uniforms and carried shiny blue school bags. Their faces glowed with excitement at meeting the special guests who were coming to their school.
Displaced families find shelter in north-western Pakistan
NOWSHERA, Pakistan, 2 May 2012 – Safe now at a camp for displaced people, Jan Bibi recalls the horrific events that led her family to flee for their lives earlier this year.
Providing safe spaces for children on front lines of insecurity in north-western Pakistan
NOWSHERA, Pakistan, 30 April 2012 – Seven-year-old Rizwana has seen things that no child should ever have to experience.
In post-flood Pakistan, 'Children's Fairs' entertain while promoting child rights and health
BADIN DISTRICT, Pakistan, 27 April 2012 – Thousands of flood-affected children and families have learned new life skills and enjoyed a much-needed reprieve from the stresses of post-flood life at a series of UNICEF-supported Children’s Fairs taking place in some of the worst flood-affected districts of Sindh province.
In Pakistan, religious leaders help change misconceptions about the polio vaccine
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, 20 April 2012 – A sermon by an imam is all it takes to change misconceptions about the polio vaccines in some communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, in northwest Pakistan. A brief talk by the religious leader reassures everyone that no harm – medical, social or religious – comes from the life-saving vaccine.
Youth advocates help enrol of out-of-school children in Pakistan
LAHORE, Pakistan, 17 April 2012 – Walking through the narrow streets of Ahmedabad, an urban slum on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan, 22-year-old Syed Mohsin Raza saw a barefoot school-aged girl playing outside her house.
In Pakistan, the 'United Against Polio' football tournament fights the scourge of polio
KARACHI, Pakistan, 29 March 2012 – Amid cheers, the Frontier Mujahid team takes their victory lap. The football team has just defeated National Frontier 2-1 in the final, beating 15 other teams to win the trophy.
Focus on water, sanitation and hygiene improves child health and nutrition in Pakistan
MUZAFFARGARH DISTRICT, Punjab, Pakistan, 21 March 2012 – Inside a dusty farm house compound in rural Punjab, 7-year-old Ume Hani helps her aunt Ume Hassan, 16, prepare flat bread. Ume Hassan sits on the ground, dipping her hands in clean water as she kneads the dough.
In post-flood Pakistan, temporary learning centres offer education amid uncertainty
NAUKOT, Pakistan, 15 March 2012 – On a lonely roadside in Naukot, Sindh Province, is a small collection of shabby tents. Many of them are makeshift constructions, plastic sheets covered in clothing, barely large enough to accommodate an adult standing upright. But for 10-year-old Laxmi and her family, one of these tents is home.
UNICEF supports children and women displaced by insecurity in north-western Pakistan
JALOZAI CAMP, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan, 9 March 2012 – Ongoing insecurity in north-western Pakistan has caused thousands to flee their homes. Families are streaming into Jalozai Camp seeking shelter, support and food.
New UNICEF-constructed school meets needs of flood-affected children
MUZAFFARGARH, Punjab, 2 March 2012 – The entire community of the small village of Peer Dargai Shah, in the Muzaffargarh District of southern Punjab, turned up to celebrate a special occasion. The new primary school, built with funding from UNICEF and the Government of the Netherlands, was being inaugurated.
After Pakistan’s floods, mobile teams bring health messages to villagers
BADIN DISTRICT, Pakistan, 13 January 2012 – Andraj, 11, looks up at a familiar sound. His eyes brighten and, without pausing to put on his shoes, he dashes barefoot out of his house.
Taleem-ul-Amal project helps child labourers obtain an education in Pakistan
SIALKOT, Pakistan, 10 January 2012 – Sadness fills the eyes of 12-year-old Chand Khushi Mohammad as he recalls walking the streets, collecting garbage, near Sialkot, a city known for sporting goods manufacturing, in Pakistan’s Punjab Province.
Vulnerable children struggle to cope with the aftermath of floods in Pakistan
BENAZIRABAD DISTRICT, Pakistan – 29 December 2011 – In the Quaid-e-Awam relief camp, 11-year-old Tariq Ali’s eyes are rimmed with shadows.
As flood-affected return home in Pakistan, services are threatened by insufficient funding
SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, 20 December 2011 – Nawo squints in the early morning sunlight as her 3-year-old daughter, Sarita, walks barefoot through the dirt. Around them, the land is scarred and piled high with the ruins of their home.
Urgent need for aid continues in Pakistan in wake of devastating floods
NEW YORK, USA, 14 December: “All these houses have drowned. We are getting no help here,” said 9-year-old Saeen Bukhsh in September, after torrential monsoon rains and flooding destroyed his home in Farooqabad, Pakistan. “We don’t even have anything to put on the ground and sit.”
UNICEF and partners provide hygiene education and clean water in post-flood Pakistan
SINDH, Pakistan, 13 December 2011 – Tens of thousands of flood-affected children in Pakistan are being kept free of disease through the emergency provision of safe water, sanitation facilities and hygiene lessons. But a lack of funding is putting in doubt future humanitarian assistance.
Safe PLaCES help flood-affected children and women prevent child marriage in Pakistan
SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, 6 December 2011: A new type of UNICEF integrated emergency facility is providing protection and assistance to tens of thousands of flood-displaced children and women in Pakistan.
In wake of the floods, malnutrition threatens thousands of children in Pakistan
JAMSHORO, Pakistan, 21 November 2011 – Mohammad Ali, of Southern Pakistan, is not the world famous boxing legend, but a true fighter nonetheless. This Mohammad Ali is just two-and-a-half-years-old and from a small village outside of Jamshoro in Pakistan’s Sindh Province. He is winning his struggle to survive after nearly succumbing to health complications associated with severe acute malnutrition.
UNICEF Child Protection Centres provide protective environment for street children in Pakistan
QUETTA, Pakistan, 14 November 2011 - For Nazdana, 15, the thought of playing with her friends outside used to fill her with anxiety. Whenever she would venture from the safety of her house in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province, she’d find herself subjected to the harassment of young men. Petrified, she and her friends would quickly run back into their houses, too afraid to stand up to the boys and ask them to stop their inappropriate and abusive behaviour.
UNICEF-supported Temporary Learning Centers provide education to flood-affected children in Pakistan
SINDH, Pakistan, 1 November 2011 – Noor Jehan, 10, is one of the 60 students enrolled in a Temporary Learning Centre (TLC) established by UNICEF in the Bukhaira bypass camp through its implementing partner, Strengthening Participatory Organisation (SPO).
UNICEF reaching Pakistani flood victims through a network of mobile health units
SINDH, Pakistan, 18 October 2011 - Devastated by her husband’s death and displaced by floods, Rani Mauji, 25, holds her badly undernourished baby in her arms, her face fixed in an expression of quiet resignation. Omji, her third child, was born only 20 days ago – a week after her husband’s death.
In Pakistan, flood-displaced families endure dire conditions in crowded school shelter
SINDH, Pakistan – Brightly coloured washing hangs in the corridor of a school in Badin district, where there are no students or teachers. Instead, the school has become a temporary home to some 127 families, displaced by the severe monsoon floods that have ravaged southern Pakistan.
In flood-affected Pakistan, a newborn’s first days are spent in a temporary camp
SINDH, Pakistan, 30 September 2011 - While Shanini was still in her mother’s womb and only days away from being born, severe monsoon rains were creating turmoil in the world outside.
A future prison provides educational opportunity for Pakistan’s flood-displaced children
THATTA DISTRICT, SINDH, Pakistan, 26 September 2011 - Inside the high walls of a prison near Thatta city, children displaced by Pakistan’s recent monsoon floods are enjoying the opportunity to return to class. A prison may seem a surprising place for a relief camp, but this jail is only partially completed, and the large empty, flat space inside the walls make for an ideal location to set up row upon row of tents.
UNICEF Representative visits devastated flood zone in southern Pakistan
BADIN DISTRICT, SINDH, Pakistan, 23 September 2011 – Pakistan has been hit for a second year running by heavy monsoon rains that have turned the lives of millions of people upside down. With flood waters covering vast expanses of land, this new emergency is affecting 5.4 million people, almost 2.7 million of whom are children.
A displaced family sets up a makeshift 'home' in flood-affected southern Pakistan
BADIN DISTRICT, SINDH, Pakistan, 22 September 2011 – Lado Shero holds her 3-year-old granddaughter Shama tenderly to her body as she sits on the ground in a makeshift roadside shelter in the severely flood-affected Badin District, in southern Sindh Province.
UNICEF scales up life-saving operations to reach displaced families in southern Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 19 September 2011 - For the second time in a year, Pakistan has been hit by severe flooding caused by the monsoon rains. With the scars of the 2010 floods hardly faded and the area residents still struggling to get their lives back to normal, heavy rains have caused widespread destruction in the southern province of Sindh.
In Pakistan, new floods leave displaced families in limbo
BADIN DISTRICT, SINDH, Pakistan, 15 September 2011 – Mubarak, 37, and his son Rajab, 10, wade through the dirty flood waters up to their waist. They are attempting to rescue something from the murky depths, but from a distance it is not clear what it is. As they get closer and the water shallower, a heavy wooden chest comes into view.
In Pakistan, monsoon floods return to new areas causing widespread devastation
BADIN DISTRICT, SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, 14 September 2011 - Like déjà vu, exceptionally heavy monsoon rains that caused an unprecedented disaster in Pakistan during 2010 have returned with a vengeance to hit the southernmost part of the country.
UNICEF supports transitional schools for children in post-flood Punjab, Pakistan
PUNJAB, Pakistan, 3 August 2011 – “Before the floods, this village had a one-room Masjid [mosque] school. Most of the children sat under a tree. We now have this beautiful school, and the children love it,” says Mukhtar Ahmad, Headmaster of the Government Primary School in Mullanwala village, located in the Muzaffargarh District of Pakistan’s Punjab Province.
Podcast #43: One year on, flood disaster's impact lingers in Pakistan
NEW YORK, USA, 3 August 2011 – The unprecedented monsoon floods that hit Pakistan a year ago claimed hundreds of lives, washed away 2 million hectares of cropland and damaged or destroyed 1.7 million homes. Nearly 10,000 were schools also damaged or destroyed, taking a heavy toll on the education system.
UNICEF supports fight against child malnutrition in flood-ravaged districts of Pakistan
NOWSHERA, Pakistan, 2 August 2011 – Since the floods destroyed his crops, Ibrahim, 36, a teacher and father of four, has been struggling to make ends meet for his family. Ibrahim’s two youngest children have been recovering from severe acute malnutrition.
UNICEF helps to rebuild a school in a flood-ravaged village in north-west Pakistan
NOWSHERA, Pakistan, 1 August 2011 – In July 2010, when floods reached the village of Kheshgi Bala, Maryam’s school – located right next door to the Kabul River – sat directly on the front line. Normally a sleeping giant, the river swelled with the intense monsoon rains and surged onto the land, filling the school with up to three metres of water and half a metre of mud.
Improved health services for mothers and newborns in flood-hit villages of Pakistan
HAJI GHAZI, Pakistan, 29 July 2011 – In Haji Ghazi, a small town and Union Council in southern Punjab Province, dozens of women – some pregnant, others holding their newborn children – fill a room in the town’s Basic Health Unit, or BHU. A doctor carefully examines and provides medical advice to each of them.
Ejaz’s story: A young boy remains hopeful in the aftermath of Pakistan floods
SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, 28 July 2011 – Ejaz Najum, 12, was living in Karampur, in the northern part of Sindh Province, when floods ravaged his entire village and surrounding communities in late July 2010. Across Pakistan, the massive floods inundated farms, schools and health facilities, and disrupted basic social services, from the Himalayas to the Arabian Sea.
Mobile clinics protect children from malnutrition in post-flood Pakistan
SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, 30 June 2011 – The battle against child malnutrition in Pakistan’s flood-affected Sindh Province is reaching even the smallest, most isolated villages with the help of UNICEF-supported mobile health teams.
Gabir's story: Child labour robs millions of Pakistani children of their dreams
SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, 13 June 2011 – As the sun burns down on a dusty, open-air brick-making factory on the outskirts of Shahdadkot city, Gabir (not his real name), 12, squats on the ground, picking up a lump of mud with his bare hands. Gabir’s hands, feet and clothing are covered with the evidence of his work.
After the floods, new schools provide normalcy and opportunities for communities in Pakistan
MUZAFFARGARH, Pakistan, 19 May 2011 – Children in the small village of Mullan Walla, in flood-affected Muzaffargarh District, were all smiles when they started class in a recently-opened UNICEF-supported school.
Health week delivers support to millions of mothers and children in Pakistan
PUNJAB, Pakistan, 18 May 2011 – Mothers and children across Pakistan received a much-needed health boost recently, thanks to the nationwide bi-annual Mother and Child Health Week.
Pakistan’s first female football club breaks down cultural barriers
KARACHI, Pakistan, 14 April 2011- On a scorching, early morning in Karachi, a dozen girls - some wearing shawls and burqas in the blistering heat - arrive in a large walled field, ready to practice football. Their eagerness is evident as they enthusiastically remove their burqas to reveal their practice uniforms. Hurriedly, they put on their cleats and run out to the field to meet their head coach, Sadia Sheikh.
In Pakistan, UNICEF-supported temporary learning centres create opportunities for girls
LAYYAH DISTRICT, Pakistan, 6 April 2011 – Pakistan’s catastrophic flooding last summer is leading to a change in attitudes towards sending girls to school.
UNICEF works to convince remote communities in Pakistan to abandon child marriage
SALEWALA, Pakistan, 16 March 2011- Pakistan’s disastrous flood last July has created an opportunity to convince rural communities to stop pushing girls into child marriages.
Children affected by conflict in north-west Pakistan desperately need relief aid
NAHAQI, Pakistan, 11 March 2011 – “It is extremely difficult to stay here,” says Gulmina, 14, as she fights back tears. “It’s very cold and I want to go back home."
UNICEF and partners deliver critical aid amidst harsh Pakistani winter
KOHISTAN DISTRICT, Pakistan, 18 February 2011 – United Nations helicopters quickly load UNICEF supplies – including children’s clothes and shoes, blankets, newborn kits and nutritional supplements – from the Pattan warehouse facility in Kohistan, one of the most flood-ravaged districts in Pakistan’s north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
Children and families face increasing challenges in aftermath of 2010 Pakistan floods
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 7 February 2011 - Tens of thousands of children who survived last summer’s apocalyptic flood in Pakistan are now at risk from cold and exposure as winter temperatures begin to plummet. Freezing conditions at night are currently affecting the entire country, but are especially severe in the mountainous Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in North West Pakistan, where snow has fallen.
Strategic plan tackles malnutrition in flood-affected areas of Sindh, Pakistan
KARACHI, Pakistan, 3 February 2011 – Following a survey that revealed alarming rates of malnutrition among children in flood-affected areas of Pakistan, the government of Sindh Province has designed a response to tackle the problem. The Sindh Strategic Nutrition Response Plan (SSNRP), launched last week in Karachi, aims to reduce child and maternal mortality and address malnutrition among children, pregnant women and lactating mothers.
Child Assembly ensures a voice for youth affected by crises in Swat, Pakistan
SWAT DISTRICT, Pakistan, 2 February 2011 – Seventh-grade student Malalai Yousafzai, 13, confidently chaired a session of the Child Assembly held recently in the Swat District of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Participants in the assembly “voice their concerns about child-rights issues and present practical solutions to address these concerns,” Malalai explained.
Six months after floods devastated Pakistan, the situation remains desperate
NEW YORK, USA, 28 January 2011 – Six months after devastating floods tore through Pakistan, the country remains in a state of emergency. The magnitude of the tragedy has been difficult to fully comprehend. Millions remain without food or shelter, and the situation could get from bad to worse now that winter has set in.
Six months after floods struck, malnutrition hits hard in affected areas of Pakistan
SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, 27 January 2011 – The floodwaters that swept the length of Pakistan six months ago have abated to reveal a new humanitarian crisis: child malnutrition.
After floods and conflict, schools in Pakistan's Swat Valley welcome children back
KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA, Pakistan, 21 January 2011 – As farmers busily work in their fields in the beautiful Swat Valley village of Sheen Patay – located in Pakistan’s troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, where both conflict and floods have taken a toll – students excitedly rush to the newly renovated Government Girls’ Primary School.
Pakistan launches girls’ education initiative
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 31 December 2010 - In a concerted effort to address gender disparities in education, Pakistan’s Ministry of Education, with the support of the National Commission for Human Development, the UNGEI Secretariat, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development and UNICEF, launched the Pakistan Girls’ Education Initiative (PGEI) on 9 December at the Pakistan National Council for Arts.
Millions displaced by devastating floods in Pakistan brace for winter without a home
PUNJAB PROVINCE, Pakistan, 8 December 2010 – Flood waters that have devastated one-fifth of Pakistan’s lands and affected the lives of more than 20 million people have been receding in most of the affected areas, but the misery left behind is indescribable. And now, at least 10 million displaced persons across the country are returning home to try to rebuild their shattered lives.
Hyderbad festival celebrates the rights of children in Pakistan
SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, 2 December 2010 – It was a rare day of celebration for hundreds of children from flood-affected areas – a day made possible by UNICEF and its partner Nutkhut Publications – when they came together recently in Hyderabad for a festival marking the 20th anniversary of Pakistan’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child Right.
Child-friendly centres help young victims of floods and conflict in north-western Pakistan
KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA PROVINCE, Pakistan, 29 November 2010 – The floodwaters may have receded in Dera Ishmail Khan district’s Band Koray village, but the troubles of families returning home have multiplied. Here in north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the situation remains dire for millions who have lost what little they had.
UNICEF supports efforts to fight malnutrition in Pakistan's flood-affected Sindh Province
THATTA DISTRICT, Pakistan, 22 November 2010 – The devastating monsoon floods that recently affected more than 20 million people in Pakistan – including 2.8 million children under the age of five – have brought many underlying problems to the surface. In a country that already had alarmingly high rates of malnutrition, the floods have made the situation worse.
Temporary learning centres offer opportunities for children in Pakistan camps
BALOCHISTAN, Pakistan, 15 November 2010 – Sitting in her family’s tent, Reshma, 8, proudly shows her mother a textbook she received from the temporary learning centre – or TLC – here in a relief camp located at the Jaffarabad Flour Mill
UNICEF responds to unexploded ordnance threat in aftermath of Pakistan flood crisis
KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA, Pakistan, 9 November 2010 – Catastrophic flash floods have scarred the lives of Tayyab, 4, and his family in unimaginable ways. His father, Mohammad Aslam, is a small farmer in the remote village of Sadra Sharif, located in north-western Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
Field diary: Conversations with flood-affected pregnant women in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – More than half a million pregnant women have been affected by the recent, unprecedented flooding in Pakistan. Further adding to the innate difficulty of bearing children in the middle of a disaster are the various complications that often arise when dealing with traditional family structures, as well as the ingrained social attitudes towards women, particularly in rural areas.
Time is running out for marooned flood victims in a district of Pakistan's Sindh Province
DADU DISTRICT, Pakistan, 2 November 2010 – The recent floods in Pakistan have been particularly cruel to the Dadu district in the country’s southern Sindh Province. With nearly half its population of 1.3 million displaced, and virtually everyone in the region affected, providing much-needed supplies and medical assistance to flood victims has indeed been a monumental endeavor.
Psycho-social services help Pakistan flood survivors cope with devastation
KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA, Pakistan, 26 October 2010 – In a disaster, it is always children who pay the highest price. For Umair, 7, a victim of the recent floods in Pakistan, that price was the tragic loss of his mother.
Pregnancy and childbirth support in Pakistan
THATTA, Pakistan, 19 October 2010 – When the floods hit the town of Belosheher in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh last August, Haleema Gafoor, 20, was in the final weeks of her pregnancy. With waters quickly submerging their home, she and her family had no choice but to flee.
Child-friendly spaces reach those with special needs in post-flood Pakistan
SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, 15 October 2010 – Rehana, 12, is a special needs child whose eyes have simply seen far too much misery for one so young. Having fled with her family from the floodwaters that submerged her home in Sindh province, Pakistan, she now lives in a poor area of the province where girls are isolated within their communities, have limited access to schools and cannot earn much.
Young flood survivors in Pakistan face an uphill struggle against malnutrition
MINGORA, Pakistan, 13 October 2010 – Last month, Najma Syed Ali Khan, 19, brought her seven-month-old daughter Rukhsar to the Nutrition Stabilization Centre at Saidu Teaching Hospital here in the Swat district of north-western Pakistan. Distressed and confused, Najma learned that the baby was not only severely malnourished but also suffered from gastroenteritis.
Water and sanitation are most urgent needs as Pakistan's flood crisis persists
THATTA, Pakistan, 11 October 2010 – There’s a cruel irony that hangs over Pakistan’s vast, tented camps in the wake of the country’s devastating floods. While water is what damaged or destroyed nearly two million homes and affected the lives of more than 20 million people just weeks ago, today water exactly is what those people need most.
In Pakistan, UNICEF and partners promote hygiene in schools amidst conflict and floods
SWAT DISTRICT, Pakistan, 4 October 2010 – Water levels along the Swat River have returned to normal, but evidence of the devastation from recent floods is everywhere. Bridges, roads, schools, health facilities, water supply and sanitation systems in Swat Valley – which were already suffering from the effects of military conflict over the last two years – are severely affected.
A family's story: early flood warning saves lives in Pakistan
SUKKUR, Pakistan, 1 October 2010 – Samia sat under the shade tarp on a string bed with her son, Saddam, 2. The child writhed and wriggled in her arms.
In Pakistan's Swat valley, health workers reach out to women and children already struggling
SWAT VALLEY, Pakistan, 28 September 2010 - The scenic Swat valley in Pakistan’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is facing a complex emergency situation. Since May 2009 military operations and conflict have ravaged the area and in July 2010 floods came, affecting some 3.8 million people in the province and devastating thousands.
As flood crisis persists, UNICEF provides health and education aid in southern Pakistan
THATTA, Pakistan, 27 September 2010 – Thatta, a town in southern Pakistan’s Sindh province, is one of the areas hardest-hit by the country’s recent floods. It is also home to the famous Makli Hills, a renowned burial place for some 125,000 Sufi saints.
In Pakistan, midwife training programme reaches the most vulnerable new mothers
NEW YORK, USA, 24 September 2010 –The fifth United Nations Millennium Development Goal – a set of internationally recognized targets for reducing poverty worldwide – focuses on improving maternal health. To help achieve this goal and reduce the frequency of maternal death, UNICEF is encouraging women to have a skilled attendant at their delivery.
In Pakistan's flood-devastated Sindh province, female health workers play key role
AGHA ALI JATOI, Pakistan, 15 September 2010 – A breeze whispers through a plantation of date palms in the small village of Agha Ali Jatoi, in Pakistan’s Sindh province. On the mud brick houses, watermarks – some up to two metres high – are silent reminders of the devastating floodwaters that have since receded in this tiny rural village of 900 people.
UNICEF supports emergency education for children displaced by floods in Pakistan
SUKKUR, Pakistan, 13 September 2010 – Over the past several weeks, monsoon floods in Pakistan have displaced millions and destroyed or damaged some 1.8 million homes and over 9,000 schools. The latest UN estimates place the total number of people affected at 20.5 million – including, of course, millions of vulnerable children and women.
Arbeli’s story: Finding shelter in Pakistan's makeshift camps
SUKKUR, Pakistan, 9 September 2010 – Arbeli, 8, sat with the other children on a hammock bed under some shade cloths. She was watching Dr. Nasreem Khaskheli – one of three members of a UNICEF-supported mobile health team – treat patients in her temporary camp clinic.
In Pakistan's makeshift camps, mobile health clinics save lives
SUKKUR, Pakistan, 8 September 2010 – Seemingly oblivious to the constant stream of trucks, gasoline fumes and dust being kicked up by the traffic roaring past this tiny makeshift camp on the outskirts of Sukkar, Dr. Nasreem Khaskheli listened intently to her patients’ descriptions of their ailments. She nodded empathically and, after a thorough consultation, dispensed the required medications.
Field Diary: A firsthand look at the devastating floods in Pakistan's Punjab province
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 3 September 2010 – I accompanied UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on his recent visit to flood-affected areas of Pakistan.
UNICEF and World Food Programme chiefs visit Pakistan's flood-stricken Punjab province
GUJRAT, Pakistan, 2 September 2010 – In a show of support for the victims of flooding in Pakistan, UNICEF and World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Directors Anthony Lake and Josette Sheeran visited the agencies’ humanitarian operations in the Muzzafargarh district of Punjab, one of the worst-affected provinces of the country.
UNICEF Executive Director visits Pakistan's flood-stricken Charsadda district
CHARSADDA DISTRICT, Pakistan, 31 August 2010 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake’s two-day visit to Pakistan, which wraps up today, has reflected the unprecedented scale of emergency the country faces, with more than 17 million people affected by floods caused due to exceptionally heavy monsoon rains.
Podcast #29: Pakistan floods and education
NEW YORK, USA, 30 August 2010 – Pakistan has experienced some of the worst monsoon-related floods in history, devastating large parts of the country, wiping out towns and villages, and displacing entire communities. Millions of children have been affected, losing their homes, loved ones, and schools, leaving them vulnerable to disease and abuse.
In makeshift temporary classrooms, children in flooded Pakistan go to school
RAHIM YAR KHAN, Pakistan, 30 August 2010 – Millions of children have been devastated by the disastrous floods in Pakistan. They have lost homes and possessions and have been forced to relocate to temporary accommodations.
As Executive Director visits Pakistan, UNICEF works to deliver safe water to flood zone
NEW YORK, USA, 30 August 2010 – Massive flooding continues to devastate Pakistan. Nearly 18 million people have been affected and about a fifth of the country remains underwater. The number of people killed has increased to almost 1,600 since the beginning of the flooding just over one month ago.
Thousands homeless and millions reeling in Pakistan's Punjab province
MUZAFFARGARH DISTRICT, Pakistan, 30 August 2010 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake arrived in Pakistan today to tour flood-hit areas and see UNICEF operations to assist the millions of people affected by the flood emergency. Tomorrow, Mr. Lake and the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Josette Sheeran, will visit flooded areas in Multan Division, Punjab province.
Field diary: In Pakistan, a doctor fights back flood waters to save his family
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 23 August 2010 – “Wake up and help me get the children!” my wife was screaming. “We have to leave the house immediately.”
UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia visits relief camps in Pakistan
SUKKUR, Pakistan, 20 August 2010 – The extent of the misery and devastation caused by Pakistan’s recent flooding is unprecedented, said UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia Daniel Toole after visiting the area this week. The country is facing its worst disaster in more than 30 years.
Field diary: Six days in Pakistan flood zone
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 15-19 August 2010 – This week UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia Daniel Toole has been visiting the provinces worst-affected by flooding in Pakistan. Here are his latest updates on the relief effort.
Urgent scale-up of interventions are urgently needed in flood-affected Pakistan
CHARSADDAH DISTRICT, Pakistan, 18 August 2010 – Flood waters have left behind a trail of destruction affecting some 20 million people in Pakistan, according to government estimates. In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in the country’s north-west, the floods have affected millions, with women and children representing the vast majority.
Scale of flood crisis in Pakistan unimaginable
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, 17 August 2010 – UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia Daniel Toole visited Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province this week to survey the devastation caused by the country’s severe flooding.
In flood-devastated Pakistan, 3.5 million children are at risk of disease
KARACHI, Pakistan, 17 August 2010 – More than 3 million children are at high risk of deadly water-borne diseases in Pakistan, making them the most vulnerable victims of one of the worst natural disasters in history.
UNICEF emergency aid arrives in Pakistan amidst continuing flood crisis
KARACHI, Pakistan, 12 August 2010 – As the worst natural disaster in living memory continues to unfold in Pakistan, a chartered airliner carrying 100 metric tonnes of UNICEF emergency relief arrived in the southern port city of Karachi early today. The shipment includes health kits, nutrition supplies, midwifery kits and tarpaulins for families affected by weeks of monsoon rains and flooding around the country.
Displaced by floods now reaching southern Pakistan, families seek shelter and relief
SUKKUR, Pakistan, 10 August 2010 – The floods that have inundated north-western Pakistan in recent weeks have now moved south, expanding the emergency into Sindh Province as torrential monsoon rains continue across wide areas of the country.
Flood-affected women and children in north-western Pakistan urgently need aid
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, 6 August 2010 – “I spent four nights on top of a tree,” says Araba Bibi, 70, a widow from Jala Bela village on the outskirts of Peshawar in north-western Pakistan’s flood-ravaged Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
Aid workers focus on staving off disease outbreaks in Pakistan flood zone
NEW YORK, USA, 4 August 2010 – As relief efforts accelerate in provinces of north-western Pakistan inundated by torrential rains this week, floodwaters are slowly receding and some stricken areas are finally becoming accessible. The Government of Pakistan and its humanitarian partners – including UNICEF – are now assessing the full extent of crisis.
UNICEF responds as floods affect over 3 million in north-western Pakistan
NEW YORK, USA, 3 August 2010 – More than 1,400 people are dead and more than a million children are in need of emergency assistance after the worst floods to hit Pakistan in 80 years devastated large parts of the country in recent days. As floodwaters begin to recede, UNICEF and its partners are sending emergency aid to the flood zone.
IKEA Social Initiative helps children from nomadic communities in Pakistan
FAISALABAD, Pakistan, 27 July 2010 – Only a year ago, Nazdana, 8, spent her days picking paper, bottles and metal pieces from the heaps of garbage littered around the city. Today, her world has changed completely. She sits reading from a textbook, dressed in a tidy school uniform, at the Education and Counselling Centre in Ghaziabad – enjoying her newfound freedom from hazardous work.
South Asian cricketers bowl UNICEF's 'healthy hat trick' for children
DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka, 24 June, 2010 – Besides batting overs, taking runs and losing innings, South Asia’s top cricketers were bowling a hat trick of another kind during the Asia Cup – which wrapped up here today as India prevailed over Sri Lanka in the final match.
Community midwives provide inexpensive, local obstetric care in rural Pakistan
KASUR, Pakistan, 19 May 2010 – When Mussarat Pervaiz gave birth to her first child eight years ago, she travelled to a private health facility where she paid more than $60 for the delivery. For the wife of a steel factory worker in a north-western Pakistan village, this sum – which was repeated for four more births – was considerable.
Non-formal education aims to end cycle of poverty for kiln workers in Pakistan
LAHORE, Pakistan, 13 April 2010 – Mohammad Kabir and his family struggle to earn a living at the brick kilns on the outskirts of Lahore, the provincial capital. Toiling in the oppressive heat, the Kabir family is paid $4 for every 1,000 bricks they produce.
Helping homeless children get off the streets of Pakistan
KARACHI, Pakistan, 19 February 2010 – Tens of thousands of children live or work on the streets of this, Pakistan's largest city. For Ali (not his real name), these streets were once his home.
Mother and Child Health Week brings health services to children and mothers in Pakistan
UMERKOT, Pakistan, 16 December 2009 – Pneumonia is one of the main causes of death in children under five-years-old in Pakistan. Sidori Churon is one mother that wanted to prevent such a death from happening to her child. She and her four-month-old baby, Isar, attended a health session designed to teach mothers how to spot the signs of pneumonia in their small children.
Education provides a future for children in earthquake-affected Pakistan
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 5 November 2009 – The earthquake that devastated this region in 2005 was a catastrophe for schoolchildren in Pakistan. An estimated 17,000 students were killed in their classrooms, and 6,000 schools damaged or destroyed.
Polio vaccination effort reaches children in Pakistan
GADAP TOWN, Pakistan, 29 October 2009 – As part of a national immunization campaign, Ruksana Bilqis has been working for the past two months as a polio community mobilizer in Gadap Town, a community of conservative Pashtu speakers from North-West Frontier Province and the tribal areas near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.
Conflict intensifies as winter closes in on displaced families in Pakistan
NEW YORK, USA, 26 October 2009 – Women and children in north-western Pakistan are once again on the move because of conflict in the region.
Rebuilding lives of families conflict-affected in Swat
MINGORA, Pakistan, 13 August 2009 – Taj Meena, a mother of ten, hails from a small village in the beautiful Marguzar Valley, once a popular tourist haven in the Swat District of Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province. When conflict began in April, her family, unlike thousands of others, chose to stay.
Children who stayed behind in conflict-affected areas need support
MINGORA, Pakistan, 10 August 2009 – At the newly reopened Mingora Central Hospital, 12-year-old Maryam huddles close to her elderly grandmother Musakhel.
Polio immunization drive reaches children on the move in Pakistan
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, 31 July 2009 – Dr. Mohammed Salem walks alongside volunteers carrying small coolers filled with oral polio vaccine around the streets of Fauji Colony in Rawalpindi, Punjab Province.
In north-west Pakistan, some families displaced by conflict begin the journey home
NEW YORK, 17 July 2009 – As UNICEF turns its attention to ensuring that children affected by the conflict in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province get back to school on time, the first of some 2 million displaced people have started to return home.
Children from conflict hit areas in Pakistan urgently need life-saving health services
TAKKAR, Mardan District, Pakistan, 16 July 2009 – It is sweltering and overcrowded in the Government Higher Secondary School in Takkar, which is now home to 106 displaced families from conflict-hit areas of Swat and Buner districts in north-west Pakistan.
In north-west Pakistan, host families welcome the displaced but struggle to cope
TAKHTBAI, Pakistan, 8 July 2009 – “Aeroplanes would come and drop bombs,” recalls Ajmal, 8. “There were mortar shells hitting our house. We children would cry. On the way it was very difficult and we could not walk – especially the little children, and we had to carry them on our backs.”
Executive Board closes Annual Session, mourning the loss of a colleague
NEW YORK, USA, 11 June 2009 – The last day of the Annual Session of UNICEF’s Executive Board began on a sombre note yesterday morning. Executive Director Ann M. Veneman eulogized Perseveranda So, Chief of Education in UNICEF’s Islamabad office, who was killed in a hotel bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan on 9 June. The Executive Board followed with a moment of silence in Ms. So’s memory.
UNICEF Pakistan Chief of Education Perseveranda So killed in Peshawar bombing
NEW YORK, USA, 10 June 2009 – The continuing violence in northwest Pakistan claimed yet more lives yesterday, when a vehicle forced its way into the car park of the Pearl Continental Hotel in Peshawar and exploded. Among those killed in the attack was Perseveranda So, 52, who served as Chief of Education in UNICEF’s Islamabad office.
In memoriam: Perseveranda So, 1956-2009
NEW YORK, USA, 10 June 2009 – The UNICEF family today mourns the tragic loss of Perseveranda So in the bombing of a hotel in northwest Pakistan last night. We miss her already. She personified UNICEF at its best, and we will honour her by carrying on her work – our work – with her memory in our hearts.
Health services for mothers and pregnant women displaced by conflict in Pakistan
MARDAN, Pakistan, 5 June 2009 – “I have nothing for my unborn child. I had made so many clothes for my baby but I couldn’t bring them with me,” says Azra who is nine-months pregnant with her third child and has come for a pre-natal check-up at the UNICEF-supported Comprehensive Healthcare Unit in Sheikh Yasin Camp in Mardan.
Reaching out to families torn apart by fighting in Pakistan
NOWSHERA, Pakistan, 5 June 2009 – Three weeks ago, Hanifa and her four children fled their home in Mingora, in the Swat valley in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan, where fighting has intensified heavily over the past month.
Bringing stability to the lives of displaced children in Pakistan
SWABI, Pakistan, 3 June 2009 – “Over there we couldn’t go to school. Here there is no bombing. Here we aren’t scared,” says Ikram Ullah, 10, sitting in the dusty grounds of Chota Lahore Camp primary school with his two younger sisters, Hinaz and Naseema. “But I miss my school and my school friends.”
Reaching conflict-affected orphans in Swat Valley
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, 1 June 2009 – “Muzammil misses our mother and he wants to go back to our home in Mingora,” says Anas, age 10. He and his brother lost their father in a bomb blast last year and their mother could no longer afford to take care of them. Young Muzammil stays as close as he can to his big brother and refuses to participate in the conversation.
Pakistan reels as global financial crises hits poor families hard
KARACHI, Pakistan, 29 May 2009 – As she places a chronically malnourished child on a weighing scale in the hospital ward she runs, Dr. Noreen Anwar has no doubt that the economic crisis that started in far-off lands is now having a direct and devastating effect on her most fragile patients.
‘We were scared’: As supplies arrive, children try to cope with conflict in Pakistan
NORTH-WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE, Pakistan, 29 May 2009 – The girls in the tent hosting first-grade students at the Yar Hussain displacement camp were reciting the day’s lessons. Amidst the group of six- and seven-year-olds sat Habiba Rojan, who looks much older than the others but does not know her age because she was not registered at birth. She thinks she is 12.
UNICEF Regional Director meets children and families displaced by conflict in Pakistan
JALALA CAMP, Pakistan, 26 May 2009 – The hot summer sun beat down as UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia Dan Toole walked around Jalala camp. Mr Toole was here last week to see how UNICEF is supporting those affected by the biggest population displacement in Pakistan's history.
Ongoing conflict triggers massive displacement of families in north-west Pakistan
JALALA CAMP, Pakistan, 22 May 2009 – Since the end of April, a new army offensive against militants in north-west Pakistan has caused the displacement of more than 1.5 million people. They’ve joined the 555,000 people already displaced since October of last year and still unable to go home.
Displaced families face humanitarian crisis in north-western Pakistan camps
NEW YORK, USA, 15 May 2009 – Less than two weeks into a military incursion that has caused massive displacement in north-western Pakistan’s Swat Valley, even more children and families are struggling to find safe shelter in camps.
Aid for children and families displaced by fighting in Pakistan’s Swat Valley
JALALA CAMP, Pakistan, 11 May 2009 – Kiyanet, a 10-year-old girl, walked with determination among groups of men waiting for aid distribution. Nearby, newly arrived families, sweaty and covered in dust, tried to register at this camp for the displaced in north-west Pakistan’s Mardan district.
Inauguration of the Banaw Langla School in Pakistan-administered Kashmir
BANAW LANGLA, Pakistan, 13 March 2009 – A catastrophic earthquake struck the northern areas of Pakistan on 5 October 2005, killing 73,000 and leaving 3 million homeless. Nearly 6,000 schools – the bulk of the region’s educational infrastructure – were destroyed, affecting approximately 450,000 primary school-aged children.
Help for displaced and malnourished children in Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, 10 March 2009 – Ataullah cries as the nutritionist measures his upper arm. He weighs only 7.7 kilos, well under the recommended weight for a two-year-old boy. The nutritionist concludes that he is severely malnourished. His brother Matiullah, less than a year older, is moderately malnourished.
Networks of care for mothers and children in Pakistan
KHANPUR, Pakistan, 28 January 2009 – A row of women sit in a brightly decorated waiting room at the Khanpur Basic Health Unit. The women have either come for their monthly antenatal checkups or postnatal visits, healthy babies in tow.
With UNICEF Support, Pakistan launches a National Campaign against Child Abuse
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 10 December 2008 – Last month, on Universal Children's Day, Pakistan launched its National Campaign against Child Abuse. The event brought together children, policymakers, social and development workers, diplomats, representatives of UN agencies, civil society organisations and the media.
Deputy Executive Director Hilde F. Johnson visits Pakistan and requests aid for the conflict-affected
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 3 December 2008 – UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Hilde F. Johnson, visited Pakistan this week where she discussed UNICEF programmes with government ministers and held discussions with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), donors and the beneficiaries of the agencies' programmes in the country.
Sabnan’s story: Support for the most vulnerable in Pakistan quake aftermath
BALOCHISTAN, Pakistan, 31 October 2008 – Sabnan Guldin, 3, is trying to bite an apple but suddenly looks up in fear as strangers enter the family compound. He is sitting on a mat in an area cleared of rubble where his family's home collapsed in the earthquake that struck Balochistan province, south-western Pakistan, on 29 October.
In Balochistan province, Pakistan, quake leaves children vulnerable
BALOCHISTAN, Pakistan, 5 November 2008 – The death toll from a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck the south-western province of Balochistan, Pakistan, on 29 October stands at more 200. The quake has affected about 108,000 people; 50 per cent of them are children, and some 19,000 are under five years of age.
'Building back better' for students in earthquake-affected Pakistan
SHATAY VILLAGE, Pakistan, 17 October 2008 – On the first day of school, dozens of children in blue uniforms rush excitedly towards their brand-new building. Finally, the the girls of Shatay Village will be able to attend their lessons in real school made of bricks and mortar.
Centre in Pakistan provides alternatives for children at risk of sexual exploitation
LAHORE, Pakistan, 27 June 2008 – About 20,000 children are estimated to be vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation in Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest city. These include about 9,000 children already involved in sex work, in addition to children from families of sex workers and from marginalised and poverty-stricken families who are often excluded
Community Action Process empowers localities to tackle development
MANGOCHER, Balochistan Province, Pakistan, 17 June 2008 – When Sumaya Bibi first started coming to community meetings, she would crouch in a corner by the door, timidly covering her face with her scarf. She felt ignorant and unimportant – a girl in her mid-teens in a tribal society where women rarely assumed leadership roles.
Child Health and Sanitation Week in Pakistan promotes hygiene to save young lives
TAKHTBAI, Pakistan, 5 May 2008 – In the remote town of Takhtbai in the North West Frontier Province, people took to the streets recently in a march to raise awareness during Pakistan's biannual Child Health and Sanitation Week.
Campaign on track to protect 63 million children against measles in Pakistan
PUNJAB, Pakistan, 25 March 2008 – In a small, cool classroom in the ancient city of Multan in Punjab Province, Samana Khan smiled reassuringly at a little girl named Mahnoor, just before giving her a life-saving inoculation against measles – one of the leading causes of death amongst children worldwide.
Trainee midwives bring expert care to rural women in Pakistan
NANKANA SAHIB, Punjab Province, Pakistan, 12 March 2008 – A high mortality rate for newborns plagues Punjab Province in Pakistan. But steps are being taken to prevent these deaths by training skilled midwives who can attend births and can give much needed advice to new parents.
Children and women lead the way to ‘total sanitation’ in Pakistan earthquake zone
PAKISTAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR, 29 February 2008 – Said Alam remembers the day when his granddaughter came back from school with a smile and a request that was about to change the whole family’s mindset and habits.
Safe spaces for women and children after Cyclone Yemyin
SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, 10 January 2008 – After Cyclone Yemyin struck southwest Pakistan six months ago, an estimated 17,000 women were left vulnerable to neglect, abuse and violence. Floodwaters destroyed homes and fields but women did not have national identity cards that would allow them access to compensation.
Community midwives in Pakistan help mothers and babies survive
SHAHDADPUR, Pakistan, 24 September 2007 – Inside a small, mud-walled clinic, a group of expectant mothers converse while a community midwife performs her check-ups. She takes one of the young women’s blood pressure, notes the details in the patient’s book and with a smile and reassures the mother-to-be that everything will be fine.
Protection centres aim to end the cycle of child labour in Pakistan quake zone
NORTH WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE, Pakistan, 9 October 2007 – For over seven months, eight-year-old Khairuddin and his brothers have been roaming the streets of Abbotabad, collecting empty bottles from garbage heaps to make a little money to bring home to their family.
A model school for girls and boys is building back after Pakistan floods
BALOCHISTAN, Pakistan, 1 October 2007 – It is early morning in the village of Dat and students are still making their way to school, blue satchels slung over their shoulders.
Vaccinations and safe water provided in the aftermath of southwest Pakistan floods
BALOCHISTAN, Pakistan, 1 August, 2007 – The village of Khurmastan is an oasis for farmers surrounded by a vast, arid swathe of land. The community normally sees very little rain, so the torrential rains caused by Cyclone Yemyin, which struck in late June, caught most of the population off guard and took a heavy toll on their livelihoods.
Rebuilding from the ground up in the aftermath of Cyclone Yemyin
BALOCHISTAN, Pakistan, 23 July, 2007 – When Cyclone Yemyin tore into Northern Balochistan one month ago, it took only a short period of time before the village of Kuch Valari was completely submerged under raging torrents of muddy waters.
After the southwest Pakistan floods, life will not be the same for Imtiaz
NASIR ABAD CAMP, Balochistan, 16 July 2007 – “It was night time. It rained so much. I was all wet and I was scared.” This is all Imtiaz, 7, remembers from the night he and his mother and two sisters fled their home to escape the torrential rains that came in the wake of Cyclone Yemyin.
Najma’s ordeal: Surviving the floods in southwest Pakistan
SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, 10 July 2007 – The first thing that Najma remembers from the night of the floods was a voice shouting in panic: “Water, water!” It was midnight when the 14-year-old and her five siblings stumbled through the darkness and finally managed to reach the main road.
Relief efforts begin to reach flood-affected children and families in Pakistan
NEW YORK, USA, 5 July 2007 – Hampered by flash floods and blocked roads, relief efforts have started reaching the most vulnerable since Cyclone Yemyin struck Pakistan last week.
Cyclone floods in Pakistan leave thousands displaced and desperate
NEW YORK, USA, 3 July 2007 – Wading through waist-high water, families in Pakistan’s Sindh and Balochistan Provinces are looking for remnants of their homes and belongings – and sometimes for their lost loved ones.
Supplementary feeding centres boost nutrition in Pakistan quake zone
NORTH WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE, Pakistan, 12 June 2007 – At the brand new supplementary feeding centre in Attarshesha, Salma, 22, checks Usman’s weight and height. The four-year-old boy stares at the ‘Lady Health Visitor’, his eyes wide open.
Transitional schools keep children learning in earthquake-affected areas of Pakistan
PAKISTAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR, 15 May 2007 – At 1 p.m., 54 students are actively participating in a mathematics class at Sarikala Government Girls’ Primary School in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. They frown and concentrate on the blackboard but smile mischievously from time to time.
Lahore’s street children find alternatives at UNICEF-supported centre
LAHORE, Pakistan, 8 November 2006 – “Nobody, not even the police, dares to touch me,” says Rehan, a sharp, funny teenager with roughly cropped hair, dressed in a dirty shalwar kameez (the traditional South Asian trousers and tunic) and an oversized man’s wool jacket.
In northern Pakistan, ‘child-friendly spaces’ help young quake survivors heal
NORTH WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE, Pakistan, 1 November 2006 – As Britain's Prince Charles pays a highly publicized visit to earthquake-affected communities of Pakistan-administered Kashmir today, quake survivors there and in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) continue their struggle to resume a normal life.
Zakia’s story: Support for education in Pakistan’s earthquake zone
BATTAGRAM, Pakistan, 27 October 2006 – Under the watchful eyes of her mother, Zakia Bibi is getting ready for school, diligently packing her books and folders.
Rebuilding lives in the Pakistan earthquake zone, one year later
NEW YORK, USA, 6 October 2006 – It has been an extremely difficult year for children living in the earthquake-affected regions of northern Pakistan.
‘Eye See’ photo project spotlights the views of young earthquake survivors in Pakistan
NEW YORK, USA, 5 October 2006 – To mark the one-year anniversary of northern Pakistan’s devastating earthquake, UNICEF has launched the ‘Eye See II’ photo project, a special initiative to highlight the unique experiences and needs of children in the quake’s aftermath.
Delivering quality, child-centred education in Pakistan’s earthquake zone
BATTAGRAM, Pakistan, 8 September 2006 – Eight-year-old Parveen is once again getting used to life in her new tented classroom, following the end of the summer holidays. When the earthquake that affected so much of northern Pakistan struck in October 2005, her old school building was totally destroyed, forcing teachers to suspend classes due to lack of available shelter.
Pakistan’s children thirsty for safer water
RAHIM YAR KHAN, Pakistan, 31 August 2006 – Surrounded by vast mango groves and freshly tilled fields, Basti Yar Muhammad, a village of 200 people in the south of Punjab Province, is bracing itself for a storm. Dark, pregnant clouds hang low and a hot wind stirs up a veil of dust. The village welcomes the rain where daytime temperatures soar.
Monsoon rains put children at high risk of diarrhoea in Pakistan quake zone
BATTAGRAM, Pakistan, 11 August 2006 – Twelve-year-old Abdullah and his 10-year-old sister Shazma were unconscious when they arrived at the children’s ward here in Battagram. Both siblings were suffering from severe dehydration – a result of a diarrhoea epidemic that broke out after the monsoon season began several weeks ago.
Nourishing children affected by quake in Pakistan’s northern mountains
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 24 July 2006 – Young Raabya weighed eight kilograms when she was brought into a tent clinic for malnourished children. Her weight was that of a 10-month-old baby, but her actual age is 10 years old.
Community health workers reach out to quake-affected families in Pakistan
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 18 July 2006 – Firdaus, a 19-year old college student, entered the canvas-and-aluminium shelter of the Akhtar family in the ruins of Chela Bandi village, Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
Summer schedule helps mountain schools in Pakistan's quake zone catch up
JABORI, Pakistan, 12 July 2006 – In the valley communities of northeastern Pakistan devastated by the 8 October 2005 earthquake, thousands of temporary tent schools supported by UNICEF are closed down for the long, hot summer.
Puppet theatre welcomes children back to school in Pakistan earthquake zone
BALAKOT, Pakistan, 12 June 2006 – Schoolgirls topple over each other in a fit of giggles as they watch a puppet show performed by the Dosti Welfare Organization, a UNICEF local partner in Pakistan.
UNICEF-supported documentary reveals South Asia quake’s effects on children
DOHA, Qatar, 15 May 2006 – A documentary film about children living in the aftermath of last October’s devastating earthquake in South Asia has won a top award.
Health and nutrition survey provides vital information on Pakistan earthquake survivors
NEW YORK, USA, 9 May 2006 – Seven months after the terrible earthquake that devastated Pakistan in October, malnutrition persists as one of the major problems for children under the age of five in the affected areas. But the situation is gradually improving, thanks in part to an ambitious survey of the condition of earthquake survivors.
Six months after Pakistan quake, child nutrition and health care are key concerns
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 6 April 2006 – Six months after the earthquake that devastated this area in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, UNICEF is helping Pakistan’s Ministry of Health operate a therapeutic feeding centre for undernourished children in Muzaffarabad and extend health care to village communities where there was none before. These activities are intended to safeguard children’s health as the emergency phase of the quake relief effort changes to return, reconstruction and rehabilitation.
UNICEF Pakistan supports services for women and children disabled by earthquake injuries
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 24 March 2006 – Among the most vulnerable of the thousands injured in last October’s earthquake are those who suffered severe spinal injuries. In a society where disability is not easily addressed, UNICEF is providing support by helping Pakistan’s National Institute of the Handicapped to establish a special ward for injured women and children.
Art and puppet theatre provide relief for child survivors of Pakistan quake
BALAKOT, Pakistan, 9 March 2006 – Here in northern Pakistan, the children of Balakot have suffered a great deal. First there was the earthquake that killed more than 80,000 people and left millions homeless in the region last October. Then came the freezing winter and miserable conditions in tent camps for the displaced.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lucy Liu meets earthquake survivors in Pakistan
NEW YORK, USA, 1 March 2006 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lucy Liu visited the scene of the earthquake in Northern Pakistan to highlight the ongoing needs of the survivors. On the trip, she spoke with children and learned how UNICEF is supporting the recovery process.
Pakistan: Promoting hygiene among earthquake survivors by encouraging healthy behaviours and providing hot water
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 15 February 2006 – In Pakistan-administered Kashmir and North West Frontier Province (NWFP), where more than 136,000 earthquake survivors are living in camps, UNICEF is engaged in two major new projects to promote healthy hygiene practices. The first is an education programme to encourage clean habits; the second is the introduction of hot water to keep people washing themselves during the winter months.
Protection centres offer quake-affected children a chance to leave trauma behind
HASNABAD CAMP, BAGH, Pakistan-administered Kashmir, 20 January 2006 – “Abda talks very little since the earthquake – she doesn’t seem interested in going to the camp school or to play. She often cries for her mother and little sister,” says Akbarbi, the little girl’s grandmother.
UNICEF brings community health care to quake-hit Pakistan
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 17 January 2006 – The village of Ghorisadan is tucked away in a hidden valley in the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir. The earthquake did not spare a single home. Now residents manage with what little they have – in very poor conditions. Some are trying to patch together temporary shelters out of broken wood they find in the rubble.
Bleak Eid holiday for earthquake-affected children
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 12 January 2006 – Eid al-Adha is the most important date in the calendar for Muslims all over the world. As elsewhere, families in Pakistan traditionally come together to share food and gifts. Children are usually given new clothes.
Three months on, signs of progress in Pakistan quake recovery
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 9 January 2006 – The conditions in Pakistan’s earthquake-affected areas are difficult indeed: the weather is bitingly cold, windy and wet. Many displaced people are living in tents; the tents’ thin canvas bends under the weight of snow. Bedding is soaked by rain, and deep mud squelches underfoot everywhere.
Reaching quake-affected children with essential winter supplies
MACHIARA, Pakistan, 9 January 2006 – The New Year has brought heavy snow to Pakistan’s quake-affected region, leaving many villages cut off and aid flights grounded. Many quake survivors, among them thousands of children, do not have adequate clothing to shield them from the freezing temperatures. In a race against time, UNICEF and partners have been rushing out winter supplies for children and families.
Former camel jockeys reclaiming their lost childhood
NEW YORK, USA, 6 January 2006 – After passing through the final security check point at the international airport in Dubai, a group of Pakistani boys are going back home at long last. Like thousands of other children from poor countries they were sent by their parents – and sometimes even trafficked – to the United Arab Emirates to work as camel jockeys. Enduring harsh living conditions and long working hours were once their daily routines.
Restoring water supplies in quake-affected Pakistan
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 6 January 2006 – Nearly three months after the earthquake that devastated the Pakistan-India border region, UNICEF pursues its relief efforts in the area. The distribution of clean water to affected people remains a priority. Thanks to repair work and temporary supply arrangements, the water needs of nearly 90 per cent of Pakistan’s quake-affected population – including both camp residents and city dwellers – are now being met.
Pakistan: School kits help children cope with earthquake
NORTH WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE, Pakistan, 19 December 2005 - All over the earthquake-devastated areas of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province, UNICEF has been delivering essential education supplies so that children can get back to school.
Helping quake-affected children to survive a cold winter
NORTH WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE, Pakistan, 22 December 2005 - The long shadows of winter are falling on the Himalayan mountains. The shortest day of the year has dawned and temperatures in northern Pakistan have plummeted.
UNICEF distributes hygiene kits to families affected by earthquake
BAGH, Pakistan, 19 November 2005 – Like millions of others, Shaheen Bibi’s home was destroyed by October’s earthquake. Living with her children and grandchildren in a relief camp, she finds coping with everyday life a big challenge.
ECHO helps get vital supplies to Pakistan’s children
NEW YORK, USA, 15 December 2005 – The first snows have arrived in the mountains of Pakistan and there are fears that thousands who survived October’s earthquake could now be killed by a cold winter.
Netherlands Development Minister pledges support for education in Pakistan’s earthquake-affected areas
MANSEHRA, Pakistan, 12 December, 2005 – The Netherlands’s Development Minister, Agnes van Ardenne, has pledged a further €30 million to the large-scale rebuilding of the education sector in earthquake-devastated parts of Pakistan.
UNICEF distributes winter clothing for quake-affected children
SUDHAN GALI, Pakistan, 9 December 2005 – The Himalayan winter is descending on Pakistan-administered Kashmir. For children who survived October’s earthquake that now means an uphill battle for survival in the freezing cold temperatures.
Pakistan earthquake: ECHO contributes $500,000 to UNICEF response
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 9 December 2005 – Pakistan suffered heavy losses when the earthquake struck South-East Asia on 9 October. Over 80,000 people were killed and many more injured. Over 2 million people were left homeless, many of them in inaccessible mountain villages.
Pakistan earthquake: UNICEF renews its fight against measles
NEW YORK, USA, 7 December 2005 – As the harsh Himalayan winter looms in quake-affected Pakistan, UNICEF is fighting both disease and plummeting temperatures.
Pakistan Quake: UNICEF supplies New Emergency Health Kits ahead of winter
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 2 December 2005 – With the northern Pakistan winter weather beginning to bite and thousands of earthquake survivors living in tented camps, UNICEF is helping healthcare workers here fight the threat of freezing temperatures and disease for children and women by providing emergency health supplies.
Life in a tent camp for Pakistan’s earthquake survivors: Nisreen’s story
BALAKOT, Pakistan, 2 December 2005 – UNICEF Pakistan Communication Officer Javier Marroquin speaks to Nisreen Bibi*, a 20-year-old mother and earthquake survivor who now lives with her family in the newly set up Jaba camp, Mansehra, North West Frontier Province. Nisreen’s village was completely destroyed by the October 8 earthquake. This is her account.
Children orphaned by quake struggling to cope
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 1 December 2005 – The tented camp sprang up along the foothills of Meera Tanolia, Muzaffarabad, where more than 1,200 earthquake survivors now make their home. The camp is growing every day as more and more people abandon their ruined homes and come here to seek refuge. Among the new arrivals I came across a little boy: 18-month-old Owais, orphaned by October’s earthquake.
Earthquake relief effort: Preventing deaths among growing camp populations
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 30 November 2005 – The threat of a wave of additional deaths among quake survivors in northern Pakistan is becoming more acute with each passing day. Families continue to arrive in relief shelters, fleeing the sudden advance of winter and leaving behind villages damaged weeks ago in the disaster.
Immunization campaign protects half a million children from preventable diseases
CHINARI, Pakistan, 22 November 2005 – As winter approaches, poor hygiene conditions and the possible outbreak of disease are threatening the lives of tens of thousands quake survivors in Pakistan’s relief camps.
France’s Foreign Minister donates 2.5 million euros to UNICEF during his visit to quake-affected Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 21 November 2005 – France’s Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy has just completed an emergency visit to quake-affected Pakistan and donated 2.5 million euros to UNICEF. During a press conference in Islamabad, Mr. Douste-Blazy stated that, “France will continue its assistance to Pakistan in relief and rehabilitation efforts to help quake survivors.”
Nane Annan visits children’s hospital as polio campaign kicks off
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 18 November 2005 – UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his wife Nane Annan are in Pakistan to attend an international donors’ conference for earthquake emergency relief. Mrs. Annan took the opportunity to visit the Islamabad children’s hospital and spend time with boys and girls recovering from injuries sustained in the 8 October quake.
UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia visits quake zone, sees progress
MANSEHRA, Pakistan, 18 November 2005 – UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia Cecilia Lotse has visited northern Pakistan, hit hard by the earthquake of 8 October, to review progress of the relief effort. Ms. Lotse went to the Mansehra area in the North West Frontier Province and to Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, as well as visiting the Islamabad children’s hospital.
Water and sanitation projects aim to prevent deaths among quake survivors
MANSEHRA, Pakistan, 15 November 2005 – More than a month after a massive earthquake devastated northern Pakistan, a lack of clean water and adequate sanitation is threatening the lives of survivors. UNICEF and partners are working to prevent disease and deaths in relief camps by providing water and storage tanks, setting up latrines and distributing hygiene supplies.
Pakistan: No joy on Eid-al-Fitr for quake-affected families
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 8 November 2005 - Two days before the traditionally joyous Muslim festival Eid-al-Fitr was to begin, soldiers found the body of 12-year-old Awaiz Asmat.
On the eve of Eid-al-Fitr, quake-affected children have little to celebrate
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 3 November 2005 – The festival of Eid-al-Fitr, taking place tomorrow, should be the happiest time for Muslim children. It’s traditionally a time for presents and laughter as a reward after a month of Ramadan fasting.
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman concludes her visit to quake-affected areas
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 1 November 2005 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman has completed her visit to Pakistan’s earthquake-affected areas, including the North-West Frontier Province and the Pakistan-administered areas of Kashmir. She also visited a hospital and rehabilitation centre for children in Islamabad.
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visits quake-devastated region
NEW YORK, USA, 31 October 2005 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman has visited Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province and Pakistan-administered Kashmir to assess first-hand the destruction brought by the 8 October earthquake. Ms. Veneman is the first head of a United Nations humanitarian agency to visit the area.
Queen Rania of Jordan visits quake zone
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 31 October 2005 – Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan visited Pakistan to meet with children and families affected by the devastating South Asia earthquake. Bringing a planeload of relief supplies with her, the Queen hoped to help generate the international support still needed to save the lives of thousands of children.
South Asia earthquake: First tent school opened for children living in relief camps
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 28 October 2005 – For the first time since the powerful earthquake struck northern Pakistan two weeks ago, the sound of school children has begun to fill the air around the temporary shelters for displaced people. Earlier this week, the first tent school opened up in Muzaffarabad – a city 90 per cent destroyed by the disaster.
South Asia earthquake: 10,000 children could die in coming weeks
MANSEHRA, Pakistan, 24 October 2005 – It’s one of the most inhospitable places on earth. The towering Himalayan mountain ranges that make up a large part of the earthquake zone in Pakistan present a major challenge for relief workers. Thousands in remote areas have not yet been reached with supplies. Many injured children remain untreated, and 10,000 more could die if obstacles to relief are not cleared.
South Asia earthquake: Quick donor response helps save lives
NEW YORK, 17 October 2005 – Within 24 hours of the earthquake that struck South Asia on 8 October, funds for emergency relief had started to come in from governments all over the world. Although much more is still needed to ensure the survival and well-being of children and families affected by the quake, this quick response enabled UNICEF’s emergency teams to help thousands of people.
South Asia earthquake: Relief efforts focus on saving children’s lives
NEW YORK, 14 October 2005 – One week after a severe earthquake hit South Asia, survivors are still reeling. Tens of thousands of children have been injured, and others are separated from the families, putting them at risk. Nearly one fifth of the affected population are children under five.
Pakistan: Children injured in quake flood hospitals
ISLAMABAD, 10 October 2005 – Hundreds of children are being treated in this city’s largest hospital – the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) – for injuries sustained during Saturday’s earthquake.
South Asia earthquake: Children in need of medical care
NEW YORK, 10 October 2005 – The massive South Asia earthquake of 8 October killed tens of thousands and damaged or destroyed homes, schools, medical centres and mosques. It also caused severe injuries to thousands of others, including children, who are in desperate need of medical treatment.
Powerful earthquake strikes South Asia
NEW YORK, 8 October 2005 - A violent earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck areas near the Pakistan-India border at 8:50 am (local time in Pakistan) on 8 October 2005. The earthquake’s epicentre was approximately 95 kilometres, north-east of Pakistan’s capital city, Islamabad.
Young people speak out at regional consultation on violence
ISLAMABAD, 30 May 2005 – The UN Study on Violence Against Children is gathering inputs from young people, experts and officials, through consultations in every region around the globe. Two of the youth leaders who spoke at the most recent consultation – held 19-21 May in Islamabad, Pakistan – were Noor Jahan from Afghanistan and Ugen from Bhutan.
UNICEF supports calls for an end of violence against children in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 24 May 2005 – UNICEF’s Regional Director for South Asia, Cecilia Lotse, brought attention to efforts to stop violence against children during her first trip to Pakistan to attend the South Asia Regional Consultation on the UN-mandated Global Study on the Violence Against Children in Islamabad.
Public health forum: Islamabad Declaration prioritizes child survival
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 6 April 2005 – Pakistan is prioritizing the improvement of maternal health and child survival. During the first week of April, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Saukat Aziz, presided over a landmark public health forum entitled ‘Achieving the Millennium Development Goals for Maternal Health and Child Survival in Pakistan’. UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah delivered a keynote address at the forum.
Pakistani villagers snowed in for weeks receive UNICEF aid
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 4 March 2005 - People living in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan (NWFP) prepare for a 15-20 day ‘seige’ when the snow falls each year, but this winter they’ve been snowed in for four weeks with the worst weather conditions in forty years.
Worst rainstorms in 20 years threaten children’s lives
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 14 February 2005 - Torrential rainfalls and snows have besieged Pakistan causing devastating loss of life across the entire country. A series of landslides and avalanches have also disrupted transportation, leaving thousands of people stranded or homeless.
Pakistan’s children say to President: Please do more for education
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 13 December 2004 – Last week, during a ceremony dedicated to children’s education, the President received 32,000 postcards written by Pakistani children.
The long haul: Getting vaccines to all children in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 6 December 2004 – In Pakistan’s remote western province of Balochistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, children of Balochi nomads are being immunized against polio during UNICEF’s National Immunization Days (NIDs).
Bellamy: World needs to do more for children’s survival and development goals
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 6 December 2004 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, in Pakistan for a three-day visit, spoke about the challenges facing UNICEF.
South Asia earthquake: Many children in isolated areas remain in peril
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 18 October 2005 – It’s a race against time to save up to 120,000 children who have not yet been reached by the relief effort in remote mountain areas of quake-stricken northern Pakistan.
Pakistani pop band brings HIV/AIDS prevention message to children
NEW YORK, 20 October 2005 – HIV/AIDS is a growing problem in Pakistan, where many cases go unreported because of the stigma attached to the disease. Educating the country’s 75 million children and breaking the silence is key to stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Helicopters bring food relief to hard-to-reach areas
BALAKOT, Pakistan, 15 October 2005 – Vital aid from UNICEF is reaching the more remote regions of Pakistan affected by the earthquake.
South Asia earthquake: Helicopters bring aid to remote areas
MANSEHRA, Pakistan/NEW YORK, 12 October 2005 – Survivors are struggling to stay alive after the South Asia earthquake that claimed at least 33,000 lives and injured at least 50,000 more. At present more than 120,000 people are in urgent need of shelter; the number of people left homeless as a result of the disaster could rise to over 4 million. Among the critical supplies being rushed to affected areas are tents and tarpaulins.
South Asia earthquake: Delivering supplies means saving lives
NEW YORK, 10 October 2005 – When the deadly earthquake struck South Asia on 8 October, emergency supplies were pre-positioned in UNICEF’s warehouses in Karachi and Peshawar, Pakistan. The supplies were immediately loaded onto trucks bound for Mansehra, located in an especially hard-hit area.
Supplies en route to assist children affected by earthquake in South Asia
NEW YORK, 9 October 2005 - The destruction caused by the earthquake in South Asia continues to claim lives, amid news reports that children are among those trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings in the region.
Pakistan: ‘Fair Play for Girls’ campaign uses cricket to promote development
LAHORE, Pakistan, 23 September 2005 – On a cool, grey day in September, the voices of thousands of schoolgirls singing filled a packed sports stadium.
Stopping a polio outbreak in its tracks
THATTA DISTRICT, Pakistan, 5 July 2005 – Nine-month-old Asma was a healthy little girl until she suddenly fell ill with a high fever on a fateful day in May 2003. At a nearby rural health centre, examination and tests confirmed that she had contracted polio. Her left leg was paralyzed, and even today, Asma can’t stand still without support.
Child camel jockeys return home
LAHORE, Pakistan, 28 June 2005 - Fifteen-year-old Ghulam Sarwar spent almost half of his young life racing camels far away from his home in Pakistan. His parents sent him to the United Arab Emirates seven years ago to work as a camel jockey. In exchange, the family received a recruitment fee, and Ghulam was paid a few dollars a month.
Pakistan: Frontier schools blaze a trail for girls’ education
ISLAMABAD, 25 April 2005 — The students of Pitao Banda Primary Feeder School are among the trailblazers for girls’ primary education in the remote hamlets that are scattered throughout the foothills of the Hindu Kush, in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province.
Pakistani religious leaders pledge to ‘break the silence’ around HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK, 19 April 2004 – Pakistani religious leaders assembled for the First Meeting of the Inter-Religious Council of HIV/AIDS in Islamabad, Pakistan to discuss how to create a caring society free of HIV-related stigma and discrimination.