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UNHCR’s lifesaving initiatives: Balochistan hospital gets first-ever centralized oxygen system

News Story QUETTA, 22 July 2015, Pakistan (UNHCR) - Abdul Waheed’s father could not breathe and urgently needed oxygen to stay alive. Waheed erupted into cries, knowing how serious his father’s condition was. The doctor, too, knew he was critical. But despite all the worries, Waheed’s father survived - thanks to a sophisticated centralized oxygen system introduced for the first time in Fatimah Jinnah Chest ...

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UNHCR calls for international push to end Afghanistan refugee situation

News Stories, 25 June 2015 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 25 (UNHCR) – The head of the UN refugee agency has called on the international community to redouble its engagement with Afghanistan to help bring an end to the world's largest protracted refugee situation. UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres pointed out that reinvigorated and continued engagement was critical to support Afghanistan's natio ...

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UNHCR, SAFRON issues joint communique

24 June, 2015 Joint Communique issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. António Guterres and Minister for States and Frontier Regions, Lt. Gen. (Retired) Abdul Qadir Baloch on the occasion of the UN High Commissioner’s Ramadan Solidarity Visit to Pakistan 1) This Communique is being issued in pursuance of the UN High Commissioner’s meetings with the acting President and Prime Minister of Pakista ...

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UNHCR Chief inaugurates new Emergency Assessment Unit at Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Peshawar

Press Release PESHAWAR - 23 June, 2015: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Mr. António Guterres inaugurated the newly constructed Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU) at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH) in Peshawar on Tuesday. The new block will benefit around 9,500 patients per year, 25 per cent of whom will be Afghan refugees. Federal Minister of States and Frontier Regions, L ...

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Guterres lauds Pakistan’s generosity for hosting the world’s largest protracted refugee population

Press Release PESHAWAR: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres expressed his appreciation and solidarity with the Government and people of Pakistan for having generously hosted the world’s largest protracted refugee population for over three decades, in line with Islamic values of hospitality and generosity. Mr. Guterres expressed these views in his meetings with the top officia ...

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UNHCR Chief arrives in Islamabad on a three-day visit

Press Release ISLAMABAD - 22 June 2015 - - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres begins on Monday a three-day Ramadan Solidarity mission to Pakistan, where he will express his appreciation and solidarity with the people and Government of Pakistan for having generously hosted the world’s largest protracted refugee population for over 35-years in line with the Islamic values and ...

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UNHCR commemorates World Refugee Day to express solidarity with millions of refugees

ISLAMABAD - 16 June 2015 - - The UN Refugee Agency and the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) marked World Refugee Day (WRD) on Tuesday with a series of events across Pakistan involving the Government of Pakistan, UNHCR, its partners, and refugee communities. The World refugee Day is marked on 20 June every year as a tribute to the courage and resilience of the millions of people uprooted as a ...

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RAHA inaugurates its first education project in Ziarat

Press Release  QUETTA, May 21, 2015: In an effort to improve existing education facilities in different districts of Balochistan, the UN Refugee Agency through its partner organization, Balochistan Rural Development and Research Society (BRDRS) and in close collaboration with the Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees (CAR), has initiated the agency’s first ever education project in district Ziarat. The projec ...

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Refugee Affected and Hosting Area initiative: Improving lives through better education facilities

Press Release The United States and UNHCR inaugurate education project in Punjab for Afghan and Pakistani students April 28, 2015, Islamabad: The UN Refugee Agency in collaboration with the United States Embassy inaugurated two education projects under the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) initiative that will benefit more than 1,850 Pakistani and Afghan school students in Rawalpindi and Taxila. U.S ...

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Afghanistan, Pakistan and UNHCR agree on adopting new approaches to assist the voluntary return of Afghans from Pakistan

Press Release 11 March 2015 ISLAMABAD: Representatives of the governments of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today reaffirmed their commitment to the principle of voluntary repatriation, in safety and dignity, to end the protracted Afghan refugee situation. The parties agreed that intensified efforts are required in order to create an enabling environment ...

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