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Zar Jan's story: inclusive humanitarian response in Pakistan

13 July 2018

Zar Jan is a 68-year-old man from Orakzai, a fertile valley in the mountains of Waziristan in north-west Pakistan. Until a few years ago, he lived happily with his wife and children in their village, earning a living through... Keep reading (3 Comments)

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Two steps forward, one step back at this year's World Health Assembly

01 June 2018

Last week's 71st World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva brought together all the World Health Organization's member states to discuss key global health issues. On the agenda was a report on the progress made in implementing the Global Strategy... Keep reading

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From victims to game changers: older people can transform disaster risk reduction

13 June 2017

The world is changing rapidly. Global warming has seen a rise in temperature of about 0.8 C in the past century, leading to greater environmental and climatic risks. This is a threat to life and livelihoods, warned a report by... Keep reading

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The Pakistani cobbler showing entrepreneurial spirit doesn't age

12 August 2016

Many older men and women in Pakistan lead difficult lives, struggling to bring in a regular income and getting little financial support from the government. Only 6% of adult workers are covered by social protection, typically government workers. The... Keep reading

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Smarter humanitarian financing needed to reach the most vulnerable

17 May 2016

At this month's World Humanitarian Summit, financing is high on the agenda for member states, UN agencies and NGOs alike. There is an increasing gap between the extent of humanitarian need in the world and the funding on offer... Keep reading

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