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United Nations World Food Programme launches Stunting Prevention Initiative in Kurram Agency, FATA

Peshawar, August 18, 2017 (PPI-OT): The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in partnership with the Directorate of Health Services in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan, has formally launched a programme to prevent stunting in the Kurram Agency of FATA. Stunting occurs when a child’s growth and development is impaired from poor nutrition. The effort aims to prevent chronic malnutrition in children under five years of age as well as in pregnant women and nursing mothers. In the Kurram Agency, stunting rates stand at 57.6 percent, which is alarmingly high and well above the global average.

The initiative is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – Pakistan and will focus on preventing stunting during the “1,000-day window of opportunity,” the period between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday. Inadequate nutrition during this time can irreversibly affect a child’s cognitive and physical development.

WFP will work with the Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) in Kurram to deliver locally produced specialized nutritious food for children aged 6-24 months, along with pregnant women and nursing mothers, through an extensive network of community-based female health workers and health facilities. In addition, children aged 24-59 months will receive micronutrient supplements. More than 75,000 children and women will benefit from the programme, and government staff will be trained to support and implement the programme to ensure its sustainability.

Senior officials from the FATA Secretariat, Directorate of Health, Khyber Medical University (KMU) and WFP participated in the launch event on 18 August. The chief guest of the event, Mr. Muhammad Fida Wazir, Additional Chief Secretary FATA stated that, subject to the availability of resources, the initiative will be gradually extended to other agencies of FATA.

The Vice Chancellor of KMU noted that this effort will strengthen the evidence base for providing specialized food for children and mothers to prevent stunting. Together with WFP programmes to support livelihoods and school feeding, he expressed hope that this programme will help reverse the trends of stunting in FATA.

“Stunting can rob children of the opportunity to reach their full potential in life,” said WFP Pakistan Acting Country Director Stephen Gluning. “In order to break the inter-generational cycle of undernutrition, we need to focus on mothers and very young children. We’ve already seen this approach show very promising results in Sindh, and we are hoping to see similar improvements in FATA.”

For more information, contact:
National Information Officer
United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-8355720
Cell: +92-300-8553790
Email: ishrat.rizvi@unic.org

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United Nations Secretary General’s message on World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2017

Islamabad, August 18, 2017 (PPI-OT): Every year on World Humanitarian Day, we shine a spotlight on the millions of civilians around the world whose lives have been caught up in conflict. On this day, we also take a moment to honour the brave health and aid workers who are targeted or obstructed as they set out to help people in need, and pay tribute to the government employees, and representatives of international organizations and agencies who risk their daily lives to provide humanitarian aid.

Despite our efforts, civilians, including medial and humanitarian workers continue to bear the brunt of intense conflicts around the world. They are attacked and their access obstructed, while humanitarian supplies and hospitals are looted by fighting parties. In addition, in cities like Juba and Aleppo, housing, markets, schools and vital civilian infrastructure are destroyed.

In Yemen, a lethal cholera epidemic has killed more than 9,000 people. Health services and water and sanitation infrastructure are collapsing under the strain of war. In Iraq, Syria, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria and elsewhere, thousands of women and girls urgently need protection, support and treatment for traumatic sexual violence and abuse.

The result of these crises is the record number of people – more than 65 million – forced to flee their homes from conflict. No one is winning these wars. We are all losing. This year, on World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations and our partners are calling on all global leaders to do everything in their power to protect people caught up in conflict. Let the world know: Civilians are Not A Target.

I invite you to stand with us in solidarity with civilians in conflict, and with the health and aid workers who risk their lives to help them. Get involved with our online campaign at worldhumantarianday.org. On World Humanitarian Day, let us commit to doing everything in our power to protect women, girls, men and boys in the line of fire, and to give them hope of a better future.

For more information, contact:
National Information Officer
United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-8355720
Cell: +92-300-8553790
Email: ishrat.rizvi@unic.org

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RANGERS ARREST 3 CRIMINALS FROM INTERIOR SINDH

Sindh Rangers in an operation arrested three criminals from interior areas of the province.According to spokesman of Sindh Rangers, the raids were carried out in Razidaro, village Hashim Gopan and nearby areas.Huge quantity of arms and ammunition was a...

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Chief Justice of Pakistan administers oath to Auditor General of Pakistan

Islamabad, August 17, 2017 (PPI-OT): The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar administered the oath of the office to Mr. Javaid Jehangir as Auditor General of Pakistan in a simple but dignified ceremony in Supreme Court Islamabad today i.e. 17.08.2017. Mr. Arbab Muhammad Arif, Registrar, Supreme Court, conducted the proceedings of oath taking ceremony. Officers of Auditor General Office and Supreme Court of Pakistan also attended the ceremony.

For more information, contact:
Public Relations Officer
Supreme Court of Pakistan
Tel: +92 51 9204184, 9220581
Fax: +92 51 9213452
Email: mail@supremecourt.gov.pk

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Malkani inaugurates Asia’s biggest Cattle Mandi at Super Highway

Karachi, August 17, 2017 (PPI-OT): Sindh Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Environment Muhammad Ali Malkani along with President Cantonment Board Malir Brigadier Waseem Bhatti, CEO Malir Sardar Arif and DG Livestock Akbar Soomro and others formally inaugurated the Asia’s biggest Cattle Mandi comprising of 1200 acres land at Super Highway here last night.

On the occasion the Minister Livestock Muhammad Ali Malkani has said that the Government of Sindh is promoting the livestock, Agriculture, Fisheries, poultry and other sectors to boost them properly. The Mandi has also help to promote the agriculture economy and other sectors at grass root level. We are trying to perform our religious obligations and provide all required assistance to the traders and cattle farmers.

He said that from all over the country, animals brought to Karachi for the purpose of Eid ul Azha, it is honour and pride for all of us to facilitate them properly. Large number of traders came here to boost the economic importance of the city. He offered his full cooperation and said that the Provincial as well as City Government have been cooperating and providing assistance to the Mandi Administration to provide all required help and facilities to the traders in the Mandi since very first day.

He appreciated the efforts of Mandi Administration in short time established biggest cattle mandi for the people of Karachi adding that all issues if any would be resolved on priority and people could get relief in this regard. The Minister Livestock Muhammad Ali Malkani has said that the Livestock Department Sindh is providing free Medical treatment to the Animals in the Mandi.

12 Veterinary doctors, para medical staff and field teams are continuously from day one since last ten days day and night to facilitate the traders and treat their animals properly to avoid any viral disease etc. Awareness literature/ material are being provided to them to promote their animals.

On the occasion President Malir Cantonment Board Brigadier Waseem Bhatti also spoke and apprised that in short span, the Mandi had established with the help of provincial and city governments and other law enforcing agencies, it has been fulfilled the difficult task and achieved the desired result of the establishing Mandi for the people of Karachi, who will perform their religious duty during Eid ul Azha.

Mandi Administrator Syed Irshad Ahmed also informed the arrangements and steps to establish Mandi with the help of Provincial and City Governments. Later the Minister Livestock Muhammad Ali Malkani, Brig Waseem Bhatti, Sardar Atif, Dr. Akbar Soomro witnessed the cattle cat walk show and presented the shields among 22 cattle farmers and traders.

Also the Minister Livestock Muhammad Ali Malkani visited the Livestock medical / veterinary camp inquired about the facilities provided by the Department during the Mandi. Director Dr. Abdul Qadir Junejo briefed him about treatment, facilities and progress of the field teams till the end of Mandi after Eid ul Azha.

For more information, contact:
Information and Archives Department
Directorate of Press Information
Government of Sindh
95-Sindh Secretariat 4-B, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-99204423, +92-21-99204401
Website: http://sindhinformation.gos.pk

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Union of Small and Medium Enterprises felicitates Sher Ayub on his appointment as CEO SMEDA again

Karachi, August 17, 2017 (PPI-OT): The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises felicitated Sher Ayub Khan on his well deserved appointment as chief executive office of the Small and medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) and urged him to give n...

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