Pakistan media and news releases
Pakistan prepared for polio high season
31 July 2017
At the end of May 2017, more than 38 million children under the age of 5 were vaccinated against polio in Pakistan. During the campaign, over 250 000 trained polio workers went from house to house across the length and breadth of the country to vaccinate children against the crippling disease. The end of the May polio campaign marked the start of the “high season” for poliovirus transmission. The ability of the poliovirus to infect children increases in high temperature and during heavy rainfall. As a result, viral circulation is expected to be higher from June to September.
25 April 2017
WHO investigates outbreak of chikungunya in Balochistan province, Pakistan
WHO, the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, and the Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (FELTP) of Pakistan conducted an intensive house-to-house investigation over the past few weeks to confirm an outbreak of chikungunya fever in Balochistan province in Pakistan where it has been reported for the first time.
25 April 2017
WHO responds to leishmaniasis in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
A training workshop on the diagnosis, treatment and management of leishmaniasis was held in Peshawar on 10 April 2017, organized by World Health Organization (WHO) and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Department of Health. Since January 2014, 22 112 cases of leishmaniasis have been reported in the province. Training workshops are also to be organized in other provinces.
3 July 2016
Technical Advisory Group meets to assess polio eradication efforts in Pakistan
The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on polio eradication has met in Islamabad for the second time this year to discuss progress, remaining obstacles and opportunities as Pakistan edges closer to achieving the goal of stopping transmission of the virus.
28 April 2016
The final frontier in polio eradication
WHO's World Immunization Week 2016 kicked off this week with the aim of raising international awareness on the critical importance of full immunization from childhood through to adulthood. One of the campaign’s major focuses is polio; incurable, but preventable with a simple vaccine. World Immunization Week is an opportunity to celebrate the progress marked by the drop in cases by 99.9% in the last 3 decades; but it also calls for increased momentum for the final push to overcome the last remaining pockets of the virus and wipe out the disease.
12 April 2016
Canada extends support to stop polio transmission in Pakistan
Canada has announced a contribution of $ 40 million Canadian dollars to support the eradication of polio in Pakistan over the next 3 years.
27 October 2015
WHO responds to health needs following earthquake in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Kabul, Afghanistan – Following the major 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck northern Afghanistan and Pakistan on 26 October, WHO is working closely with national health authorities in both countries to support emergency health services and rapidly assess the full extent of the health impact on affected populations.
28 October 2010
WHO Director General Dr Chan and Regional Director Dr Gezairy arrived in Pakistan to support early recovery, rehabilitation as well as to boost Polio eradication efforts
Islamabad/Cairo/Geneva – World Health Organization Director-General Dr Margaret Chan is currently in Pakistan reviewing the progress of health relief and recovery efforts in flood-affected parts of the country. Dr Chan is also promoting polio eradication efforts in the country
15 October 2010
Ministry of Health, WHO and FAO to upscale prevention to avoid Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever and Dengue
Islamabad--Pakistan's National Institute of Health (NIH) has confirmed that cases of Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) and Dengue fever have been recorded in the country.
7 October 2011
KARACHI -- “In view of the current flood crisis, World Health Organization (WHO) will be scaling up its humanitarian response in all the affected areas in Sindh to address the health issues faced by the population displaced by the floods. WHO is already working side by side with the Sindh provincial and district health authorities and health implementing partners to comprehensively address health problems, but more funds are urgently needed in order to save precious human lives.” This was stated by Dr. Guido Sabatinelli, the WHO Representative in Pakistan, while speaking to the provincial Secretary Health and other senior officers of the Health Department during his visit to Sindh that concluded yesterday.
12 October 2010
Islamabad - Almost 300,000 suspected malaria cases, including confirmed cases of the severe falciparum-malaria, have been recorded in flood-affected areas of Pakistan since 29 July 2010, an overall number which is slightly above the average annual malaria seasonal levels. The World Health Organization is supporting Pakistan's Ministry of Health Malaria Control Programme, as well as Health Cluster partners, to prevent and control a malaria epidemic in the country.
1 October 2010
WHO, WFP and UNICEF unite to target Pakistan's most at-risk communities
GENEVA--The humanitarian community has entered a new phase to intensify assistance to the most vulnerable people in flood-affected Pakistan. A joint plan pools activities and resources in nutrition, water and sanitation and health to deliver emergency life-saving care and restore vital services in communities where people have begun to return.
24 September 2010
The floods in Pakistan have had an enormous consequences for the health of millions of people. They have also impacted the ability to deliver emergency and routine health care across the country.
23 September 2010
Islamabad | Cairo | Geneva--In a massive health relief effort underway in the flood-affected parts of Pakistan, nearly six million people have been treated for health conditions since the floods began in late July; but there are urgent needs to prevent further health crises or food insecurity caused by large-scale damage to crops and agricultural land.
6 September 2010
Health Clinics on the Move to Save Lives Across the Country
WHO, Pakistani authorities and health partners are operating almost 1200 mobile health teams across flood-affected areas of the country, delivering urgently needed services, including primary health care, to millions of people in need.
5 September 2010
WHO's regional director inspects flood-affected southern Pakistan, visits diarrhoea treatment centre
Multan--The World Health Organization's top official for the Eastern Mediterranean region visited areas in southern Punjab today affected by Pakistan's devastating floods, meeting with senior health officials and assessing one of the health facilities dedicated to treating diarrhoeal disease cases.
Pakistan's flood crisis has affected over 15 million people, with at least six million needing life-saving humanitarian assistance, including health care. Access to health care, including routine services, is difficult as monsoonal rains and raging flood waters have damaged or destroyed more than 200 hospitals and clinics.
3 August 2010
ISLAMABAD | CAIRO | GENEVA - The worst floods on record in Pakistan are placing the health of hundreds of thousands of people at risk, with a high threat of waterborne disease outbreaks and immense damage to health facilities. WHO is coordinating the response of health partners and supporting Pakistani authorities by sending medicines and related health supplies capable of treating more than 200 000 people to the affected areas in the northwestern region of the country.
9 November 2009
Health in photos
30 August 2009
Health in photos
Photo story: Health elief for people in crisis
11 July 2009
ISLAMABAD - The World Health Organization is ramping up its health response to the Pakistan's humanitarian crisis by buying ambulances and millions of courses of additional medicines, plus building new warehouses, to improve health care for the approximately 2 million internally displaced people and the many more hosting them in northwest Pakistan.
2 July 2009
United Nations lauds Pakistani relief efforts
Islamabad/New York - “The everyday people of Pakistan are the real heroes of this current crisis in Pakistan,” said Martin Mogwanja, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan. “They are opening the doors of their often modest homes, sharing what they have, no matter how little, no matter how it strains their often modest budgets. True humanitarians, they set an inspiring example of extraordinary generosity for the whole world,” he added, speaking at a press conference in Islamabad today. He noted that he hoped this example is followed by the governments of this world, whose continued urgent support is desperately needed.
27 June 2009
The total number of internally displaced people (IDPs) by ongoing fighting in northwest Pakistan rose from 209,136 in January 2009 to reportedly more than 2 million in June , ninety percent of which are living in host communities where life-saving health care services that are either already limited or have now reached a breaking point.
3 June 2009
ISLAMABAD -- Immediate funding is needed for national and international health providers in Pakistan so they can provide life-saving health care to the more than 3 million internally displaced people now residing in temporary camps and in host communities in the country's northwest.
29 October 2008
Islamabad/Geneva -- Accessibility to health services, exposure to cold weather and access to safe food and water are major health concerns facing the at least 20 000 people displaced by today's magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Pakistan's southwest Baluchistan province.
10 September 2008
Peshawar -- Thousands of Pakistan's most vulnerable people are on the move in the country's northwest, seeking health and other humanitarian aid after being displaced by armed conflict and heavy flooding. WHO and its partners are supporting Pakistani authorities to help the 423 000 displaced people in need.
9 September 2008
GENEVA - Some 423 000 people in Pakistan need urgent health care after being affected by recent conflict and flooding. WHO and partners are requesting US$ 9.76 million to undertake life-saving health responses to this humanitarian crisis.
13 October 2005
GENEVA - To fight the spread of health care-associated infections, which take a high toll in human lives and affect hundreds of millions of patients worldwide each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are launching the Global Patient Safety Challenge with the theme, "Clean Care is Safer Care". As part of the launch, an advanced draft of the WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care is being made available, to encourage simple measures to prevent the spread of these infections.