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SPARC State of Pakistan’s Children Report

“State of Children Report” is an annual publication produced by the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC), a non-governmental organization based in Pakistan. The report provides information on the situation of children in the country, covering various aspects such as health, education, violence against children, juvenile justice system, etc. The report is widely cited by…

Rape cases Plea for striking down law criminalising abortion

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has been requested to strike down the law criminalising abortion to the extent of rape victims. `The pro-choice is a reality, which is why it is important that women should have access to medical services without any preconceived notions and biases,` says a public interest…

Child Health Data System Ordered

Secretary Health Balochistan Abdullah Khan has ordered data system for monitoring maternal and childcare, nutrition targets and health facilities effective in the districts of the province. DG Health, Dr. Farooq Hot, Additional Secretary Health Arif Achakzai, Director Public Health, Dr. Faheem Khan and the other day. The meeting presided over…

Catch-up drive to immunise children begins in Punjab

The Punjab government has launched the largest routine immunisation catch-up activity in all the 3,572 union councils of the province from April 1 and it will continue till April 30, 2024, to vaccinate each and every child in the province. The activity will be carried out in all the districts…

Autism and SDGs

The 2024 observance of World Autism Day is aligned with the implementation status and progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition representing human evolution and neurodiversity among all world populations. The SDGs are universally agreed goals adopted in 2015 by the UN to bridge economic disparities…

Hospitals register influx of patients with measles complications

While there has been a slight decrease in measles` cases with the weather conditions getting warmer in a couple of days, the highly contagious infection remains a serious public health concern in Karachi as complicated cases continue to be reported at the city’s tertiary care hospitals, it emerged on 30…

More samples test positive for poliovirus

Nine more environmental samples, collected from all the four provinces, have been found to be positive for Type-1 wild poliovirus (WPV1), taking the tally of positive tests for the current year to 83. Besides, Badin has been included in the list of 30 districts whose sewage water carries the virus…

Two minors succumb to `measles-like disease`

KASUR: Two minors have died, while six other children belonging to gypsy families have been hospitalised so far due to suspected measles outbreak in Khalil Shah locality of Phoolnagar in Pattoki tehsil. Health department teams from Lahore and Kasur reached the affected village on 23 March 2024 and started initial…

The polio problem: again?

A tragedy that could have been prevented. Six months after researchers at the National Institute of Health’s  Pakistan Polio Laboratory flagged the presence of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV-1) in sewage samples collected from Dera Bugti in Balochistan, a 30-month-old child has been paralysed by the virus. The child had…

Second polio case in as many days rings alarm bells

The second polio case in as many days has once again raised concerns over the efforts to end the crippling disease from Pakistan. The latest case has been reported from Balochistan’s Chaman district, where a 52-month-old child has been paralysed by the wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1). According to the…

Mother’s milk, mother’s choice

LAST month, the Senate approved the `Islamabad Capital Territory Protection of Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Bill, 2023` that aims to discourage the use of breast milk substitutes. Back in November, there had been heated speeches on the floor of the Upper House regarding the import and sale of breast milk…

Say yes to Polio Drops

The video highlights the significance of administering polio drops to children. It aims to raise awareness about the role of polio drops in eradicating the disease and ensuring the health and well-being of future generations.…
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