Press Releases

10 May 2014
Pakistan: Tackling a nutrition crisis in southern Sindh

A severe drought and limited access to health services has led to a nutrition crisis in the Tharparkar region of south-east Pakistan. This year alone, more than 200 people including many children have died due to malnutrition-related causes in the region. An estimated 44 per cent of children under five are suffering from chronic malnutrition.

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08 May 2014
Pakistan: UN Assistant Secretary-General calls for more support for people affected by insecurity, disasters and malnutrition in Pakistan

(Islamabad/New York, 08 May 2014): UN Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Kyung-wha Kang concluded her mission to Pakistan today, stressing the need for more support to millions of people affected by insecurity, natural disasters and chronic malnutrition in the country.

Ms. Kang visited the Jalozai Camp for displaced people in Nowshera District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), which hosts an estimated 32,000 people displaced by insecurity....

17 Apr 2014
Pakistan: United Nations humanitarian fund releases US$9.5 million for critical aid operations in North-Western Pakistan

(Islamabad, 10 April 2014): The United Nations' Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$9.5 million (920 million Pakistani rupees) to help meet the needs of the more than 1 million people who remain displaced in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan due to insecurity.

The funding comes at a crucial time, as significant humanitarian needs remain in KP and FATA, yet aid agencies have limited...

29 Nov 2013
Pakistan: Fact Sheet: Emergency Response Fund (ERF) Pakistan

History of the ERF in Pakistan:

Pakistan remains among the most disaster-prone countries, with a history of humanitarian emergencies caused by floods, drought, cyclones, earthquakes and conflict.

In 2010, the humanitarian community established the ERF as a pooled fund mechanism to provide rapid and flexible funds incountry at the onset of an emergency, as an adjunct to other funding streams. The majority of ERF funding acts as a bridge to cover gaps in...

03 Oct 2013
Pakistan: United Nations Calls for More Support for Humanitarian Response in North-West Pakistan

(Islamabad, 2 October 2013): More funds are urgently needed to continue critical humanitarian assistance for more than 1 million temporarily displaced people across north-western Pakistan due to insecurity since 2008, the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan Timo Pakkala said today during a joint UN-Government mission to Kohat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

Pakkala and other senior UN and Government officials evaluated the...