July-2012 to Sept-2012
Highlights of Current Response
Since HANDS was being involved in early recovery and rehabilitation work with 2011 flood survivors of lower sindh, so this helps HANDS to remain active in the calamity during flood, this year with collaboration of volunteers initially and later achieves support of DFID for combating emergency response.
Heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan have submerged houses, destroyed crops and displaced thousands of families in Sindh.
HANDS rescued and evacuated peoples in Thull district Jacobabad by utilizing boats and small trucks.
HANDS-DFID team also provided one month dry food family package to 600 families under TAMEER project with support of DFID.
Safe drinking water provided to 7000 families in Rajhan pur and Jacobabad.
Advocacy activities for preparedness were remain on top priority before starting monsoon, by conducting training of 20 CBOs of 20 villages on Disaster risk reduction thorough HANDS staff who were trained initially on the subject.
Establishment of two Disaster Risk Management Centers in Sukkur and Thatta are signposts on the track of mitigating disaster loses “Medico International” is providing financial support to this project.
HANDS Chairman inaugurated HANDS Disaster Risk Management Center Thatta on 14th August 2012, where ambulance and mini truck handed over.
A mega project was implemented with the support of DFID in early recovery and rehabilitation of flood 2011, 50,000 one room shelters in 8 district of lower Sindh were built moreover roofing kits, solar lights, girder, bamboos, ropes, plastic sheets have been given in these areas. Session on CNIC importance as social protection component also provided. Other mega project of HANDS TAMEER was with the support of Medico International in Jacobabd and Jamshoro in which 1000 one room shelters, 1000 kitchens and latrines, 1000 person livelihood support have been given where as 300 hand pumps have been also installed. Culverts and street pavements were also constructed in these model villages with other interventions of livelihood support. Health services to 20 villages were provided by giving training to 20 MARVI’s (Community Health Workers) along with provision of commodities supplies and medicines. Early childhood education centers have been developed and community teachers capacity were build in these villages.
Villagers sharing happy moments of shelter completion in Sanghar with HANDS and DFID Team.
Construction of pavements and one room shelter
Hand pump at model village.
Urban WASH for Karachi
Water-Aid has approved a project of HANDS on Urban WASH for Karachi District (Urban). This is a four years project with the funding limit of Rs. 85 million. The project aims to the rehabilitation and lining of safe drinking water sources for 134900 residents of Surjani Town, rehabilitation and installation of 10 communal water filters, advocacy seminar and research activities and school WASH activities in 500 schools and colleges have been planned.
Acknowledgement of Services
Best performance annual award distribution ceremony for HANDS employees was held on 3rd September 2012 at Baharia Auditorium. Shields were presented in various categories of employees. Journalist from print and electronic media acknowledged of for their support for HANDS mission.
Provincial Minister Haleem Adil Shaikh presenting best performance award to HANDS employee.
HANDS Executive Board Member Ghulam Hussain Baloch presenting award to Nasir Khattak of Anjam Newspaper.
Under the Advocacy program HANDS has started project with rurtgers WPF a project of safe motherhood advocacy in which early marriages were focused. In this regard MoU was signed between HANDS, Rutgers WPF and Women Development Department of Government of Sindh. Key messages on Early Marriage issue are developed and have finalized through consultations with expert panel, religious leaders, civil society organizations, media, government officials and legislatures. This Advocacy project meant to advocate policy makers that the legal marriage age of a girl should be 18 years instead of 16 years. As in Pakistan most marriages are taken place before the age of 18 and many are taken place even before 15. These marriages often lead to early conceptions, as adolescent girls rarely have information on family planning or enough authority to exercise their decision-making rights. While it affects their health and deprived them from right to education.
Memorandum of Understanding Signing Between Women Development Department Govt (Sindh) HANDS and Rutgers WPF Pakistan on 5th July 2012
Religious Scholars at Consultative Meeting.
Senator Haseeb A Khan presenting his views during consultative meeting.
Third People’s Health Assembly in Cape Town , South Africa
8 members of PHM Sindh participated in Third People’s Health Assembly in Cape Town , South Africa 6th July to 11th July 2012. Dr Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed led the PHM Sindh chapter Pakistan’s delegates. A Session chaired by Dr Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed during the PHA 3 on privatization and its regulation. The case studies on different public sector health models of South Africa, USA, Germany, India and Colombia were presented with critical analysis during the session. Nearly, about 1000 participants from more than 70 countries participated in the event.
International Public Health University Course “Struggle for Health” was held prior to People’s Health Assembly which was attended by 55 people from all over the Globe and almost 50 country’s representatives were there. Ms. Bilquis GM Information and Communication and Advocacy- HANDS was selected for the course from Pakistan. This course is basically a comprehensive course for public health professionals and health activist to strengthen the People’s Health Movement and build capacities of professionals in lobbying and advocating for Health for All.
Representing Pakistan Experiences and Health Challenges.
Community Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) projects are running with the help of UNICEF and WFP in six districts of Sindh. 116790 children were de-wormed and 137910 children and 123311 lactating women provided with micro-nutrients and 302 community midwives were trained through this project.
Certificate distribution and deployment ceremony for community midwives of MNCH Public Health School
A model village Rotary Jo Goth” initiative is been implemented through HANDS – TAMEER Project in district Thatta within the period of 18 months with a financial assistance of Rs. 22.18 million from Rotary Humanitarian Trust.
HANDS ICD a capacity building milestone in social development sector
Inauguration ceremony of HANDS Institute of Community Development was held on 26th April 2012 Dr. Prof. A.G Billoo presided over the event. Ribbon was cut and a prayer was said ‘Oh my Lord guide us, help us and enable us so that we can contribute to community and play our part for the underprivileged through this Institution’ (Aameen).
Building of HANDS Institute of Community Development has two learning halls having capacity of 35- 40 participants, accommodation of 27 persons, kitchen, dining hall, and about 2000 Sq ft open area. Easy access from Super highway and Karachi Airport, park, masjid, mini market, food Street are all nearby.
Children from HANDS intervene schools performed at Roshan Tara of Ptv
100 Kids from Karachi rural and District Mattiari participated in Ptv’ s famous children program Roshan Tara on 27th and 28th May at Ptv Karachi. Program was successfully recorded with the performances of children such as folk’s songs, poems, speeches and skits. All the children belong to the schools from HANDS intervention areas and especially from Life Skill Based Education. This program is being telecast in seven episodes once in a week with two repeat telecasts.
Connecting with social media to drive change
HANDS Communication strategic planners’ team with participants from other organizations attended the network non-profit 4-days training for using social media which was arranged by Lucile and Packard foundation on 16th to 19th April at Bur Dubai Instructors transferred the insights and guided to the best practices of social media.
Trainings to make life better
Master Trainers have been trained to play their roles
Advance training of trainers on Disaster Risk Reduction for Master trainers was held on 19th to 23rd May at HANDS Institute of Community Development by HANDS in Collaboration with BRAC and Medico International.
Two days Training on Linkages Development
HANDS Social Mobilization Program organized two days training on Linkages Development for HANDS Staff , Local support organizations and Community Based Organizations on 22nd to 23rd June 2012, at HANDS Institute of Community Development Gulshan Campus with support of PPAF and HANDS Institute of Community Development . Active participation of the contributors made this training event successful. HANDS Institute of Community Development team is worthy of taking credit for building staff capacity in linkage development.
Leadership training for Young Generation
Leadership for Young Generation 2 days training was held on 26th and 27th June 2012 at Dream World Resort by HANDS Institute of Community Development. Children from the age of 9 to 14 participated in this training. To know about leadership skills, practice leadership skills, know about parenting, schooling and friendship were the objectives of the training. Participants learnt with the help of slides presentations, role play, orientations and creative drawings. A group of trainers were trained a day before the actual training started. The whole group also observed and facilitated the leadership training. Participants enjoyed indoor and outdoor games as well.
World Health Day at Dadu
HANDS played an active role on World Health Day 2012, the theme was “Aging and Health” and slogan of , “Good Health Adds Life to Years” was celebrated in collaboration with Department of Health Govt of Sindh District Dadu, WHO, PPHI and other civil society organization of Dadu at Dadu Civil Hospital. A walk for the cause arranged from Admin Block to Main Gate Civil Hospital Dadu, Stalls were placed by different programs of health department and civil society network. Interactive theater activity was performed and a seminar was also organized. Certificates were distributed among all the participants at the closing session.
Peoples Health Assembly
Peoples Health Movement Pakistan organized “Peoples Health Assembly” on” 7th April 2012, at Arts Council, Karachi. More than several thousand people comprising of community members, ministers, civil society Organizations, Government officials, NGO representatives,media person, scholars, researchers and professionals attended the health assembly.
The event was ended with a big rally taken out at the end of the various activities from Arts Council to Karachi Press Club tor show all stakeholders are united to make the demand for having health for all. HANDS had the privilege to lead and organize the Sindh chapter of Peoples Health Movement. This health assembly is the primary initiation to the 3rd Peoples Health Assembly which will be held in Cape Town where a group of health activist under the leadership of Dr Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed will join the participants from all over the world.
HANDS Presence at International Nurses Day
Baqai Medical University celebrated International Nurses Day (IND) on 8th May 2012 to spread awareness on vast array of diseases that include reproductive health , infectious and aging related issues World Health Day and Lamp Lightening Session for nurses were also being held. HANDS team participated in this event dynamically;
Commitment to deliver
Inauguration Ceremony of One Room Shelter Project at Sanghar
HANDS has launched the DFID One Room Shelter project in Sanghar with a ceremony held at DC office Sanghar. Govt. Officials, presenters from INGOs, NGOs, CBOs, , Press and TV attended this inauguration ceremony.
Hunarmand Training Center is on the way to become Hunarmand poly technical institute.
HANDS Hunarmand Training Center Memon Goth Karachi Rural is now registered with SindhTechnical Education and Vocational training authority (STEVTA ). Commitment to scale up as a registered training center is fulfilled by the Poverty alleviation program which enhances the efforts of HANDS poverty reduction efforts.
Monitoring visit of ECHO-UNICEF team
On 26th April, 2012 UNICEF and ECHO delegations visited District Umerkot at HANDS Interventions: They visited Out Patient Therapeutics Program (OTP) centre at Government Dispensary Dadharo, Union council Chhajro, Taluka Kunri, community based Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) health session at village Soofi Ahmed Ali, They also met with the MARVI Workers and children at European Commission – Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) ECHO & UNICEF / HANDS-Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) Project.
Protection of Rights
Sharing of Power Mapping and Consultative Process for Adolescent Girls Empowerment
Expert Panel of Adolescent Girls Empowerment (AGE) comprising of leading personalities from civil society organizations, Media and Education shared the Power Mapping and Consultative Process from District Matiari and Jacobabad. The event was held to focus on early marriages in communities.
Rally for Child Rights Taluka-District Umerkot
HANDS Umerkot team participated in “Child Rights Rally” organized by Child rights Committee on 9 April 2012 at Umerkot to address the issues of violence against child, child poverty, Child Labor and Health and Education
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Nov-2011 to March-2012
Commitment to Rehabilitation
Gliding Floats raised awareness for the rehabilitation and restoration of normal life
HANDS elegantly tackled this challenge in collaboration with Provincial Government and UNICEFand made every effort in the sector of Health, Education and psycho-social balancing of flood affected peoples. Distribution of Supplies, provisions, food, Ration and other necessary items were also done during that activity.
A skilled lawyer has been appointed for taking care of the flood affected families. Providing Prompt help for getting legal documents like Birth Certificates, CNIC and other personal documents is the main feature of legal aid desk
Nopporn Wong Anan Asia communication officer Plan International along with Shahnawaz Khan of Plan International visited HANDS Interventions at Rural Badin. They went through the HANDS projects in union council Kadi Qazia, Shaheed Faazil Rahu, union council Khorwah, Ismail Jat, and Ahmed Rajo.
Mr. Toshihiro Tanaka country Director (UNDP) Pakistan and Mr. Mujeeb Ahmed Rahu Field officer (UNDP) did the kind visit at HANDS Tent village Saeedabad bypass.
Eid mela was observed at IDP’s relief camp Saeedabad by pass Hala. PTV team recorded this event to telecast on Eid special transmission. Radio Bhit shah also captured the audio for their special broadcasting on Eid day. That was gratified moments when well dressed delegation of philanthropist and guests from Karachi spent joyous hours. Children performed parodies, comedies and different songs. Cultural dance and songs were the source of inspiration to all. Gifts, Food, sweaters, bangles and toys were distributed among the children.
HANDS team distributed clothes, On the occasion of Eid-ul-Azah, to the flood affected especially senior citizens and females living in the relief camps at Bach band, Kamal Din Arisar, Raja Rasti, Jahinro, Ismail Khan Bhurgari, Ghulam Muhammad Kapri, Ghulam Hyder Kapri, Ghulam Rasool Dhounkaee, Saher Roonjho and Muhammad Usman Shahani. 144 male and 500 female suits were distributed.
HANDS and Plan International team celebrated Eid with community of Tarae, team distributed 100 Eid packets for children and 9 Eid packets for women. Stitched dresses, vermicelli and 100 rupees cash per pack was given
Trainings to make life better
Training for the staff of Diarrhea Treatment Centre was held on 2nd November 2011 at Taluka Head Quarter Hospital Kunri arranged by HANDS in collaboration with WHO. Practical Work Monitoring, Training of Staff on “infection control at DTC” and “Management of Diarrhea Patients at Diarrhea Treatment Centre” were the keynote features of this training.
Two days on Leadership for Future Generation training was held on 26th and 27th December 2011 at Dream world Resort Hotel Organized by Institute of Community Developments of HANDS.
HANDS ICD Multan organised three days Training workshop on “Proposal writing” in collaboration with World Foundation on 26th to 28th January 2012. Participants from four provinces of Pakistan attended. This training workshop was conducted by Dr Aslam Khan (COE), Mumtaz Ali Khaskheli (Chief HID Executive) and Dr Irfan Ahmed (SGM).
Teachers of Adult Literacy Center have been trained at District Umerkot. These trained teachers will render their service in the ALCs that is established by HANDS. Professional trainer Mr. Mazhar Kapri, successfully made this task completed.
Two days Training of Enterprise Development at Village Naparkot UC Pir Bux Shujrah Taluka Khanpur By UNDP- HANDS Project District Shikarpur. Hopes and fear, Business Definition and Types of Business, selection of business, identification of skills and proficiency, define values of purchase and sale items and Record Keeping activity were the objectives of the training.
Capacity Building Training for Community Based Organization was held for the UCs of Taluka Khanpur District Shikarpur by HANDS at Village Shafi Muhammad Jhulan.
Training of Community Based organizations members on Disaster Risk Reduction40 men and 40 women members of CBOs were got trained through this 3 days training on Disaster Risk Reduction by HANDS and MI through Disaster risk reduction component in TAMEER strategy Project was arranged at Jamshoro and Jacobabad courses. The objectives of the training were to educate community to learn about lessening of their vulnerability to disasters, to improve their disaster preparedness, response capabilities and recovery mechanism and enhance human resource disaster management capacity.
Health for All
FALAH seminar on “Reinvigorating Family Planning in Pakistan was held on 21st March 2012 at local Hotel in Karachi. The seminar was widely attended by representatives from the Sindh Government, USAID, donor organizations, academics, NGOs, and civil society. Nora Madrigal, Health Development Officer USAID , Mr. Khurshid Naeem Malik, Mr. Imtiaz Shaikh, Advisor to the Chief Minister Sindh and Minister for Special Education also acknowledged FALAH’s contribution to Pakistan’s family planning debate.
HANDS Team Conducted the Health Education Session on Hygienic Kit at Plan projects in Badin.180 females attended the session at Haji Ahmed Zaor village and 50 females attended the session at Muhammad Sahto village Banner
IUCD Skill Based Training for Female Medical Officers of Bolan Medical College was held at SPH Hospital, Provincial Health Dept Quetta Balochistan and at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital Karachi.
38 Houses handed over at TAMEER model village, Allah Dino Faqeer. Mr Abdul Jabbar Saya, Mr Younus Billoo, Mr Faisal and Dr Haroon Billoo participated in the event and showed their satisfaction. That was a philanthropist supported project managed by HANDS. Philanthropist also visited HANDS renovated school and observe the students activities at the School.
HANDS and Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative (SSGWI) Project’s Ground breaking ceremony was held at Suleman Mallah Village Thatta.43 shelters with school, play ground, community center, and shades for domestic animals, water filters, pavement and availability of livelihood will be provided.Salman performed for the deprived community and the villagers showed their happiness by dancing and showering flowers.
UNDP Top-Up-Grant program provided 30 rickshaws and cash grant distributed to 180 females. Beneficiaries firmly pledged and assured to continue their business and trades and will do better for increase in business and to generate the income to support their families.
Inauguration Ceremony of One Room Shelter Project was held on Thursday, the l5th March, 2012 at a local Hotel in Karachi. In partnership with Department for International Development-DFID In the perspective of HANDS efforts to rebuild Pakistan (TAMEER) Construction of 19500 One Room Shelter and provision of l0500 Roofing Kits are at the serve under the project. Provincial Minister for Rehabilitation Haji Muzaffar Shujra Chairman HANDS Prof Gaffar Billoo Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed CE HANDS And the delegates from civil society, Consulates, Media and Government officials attended the Ceremony.
Inauguration Ceremony of “HANDS Disaster Risk Management Center (HDRMC) Southern Sindh”was held on Sunday- March 25th at Makli-Thatta by Advisor to Chief Minister on Relief Government of Sindh Mr. Haleem Adil Shaikh along with Dr Shaikh Tanveer AhmedA Memorandum of Understanding was signed between HANDS and District Government officials for joint emergency response in Southern Sindh by utilizing “HANDS Disaster Risk Management Center Southern Sindh” in future. Ghulam Hussain Baloch, Mustafa Zaor, Zafar Dehraj, Aijaz Memon and Other Managers from HANDS, Additional Relief Commissioner Ghulam Rasool Bajero and other provincial government official attended the ceremony. Joint media briefing was also arranged there for the media persons.
Whole of School Activity program was performed at GGHS & GBHS District Matiari by HANDS LSBE Hamara kal Team. Speeches, role plays, Cultural song were performed by the students and Case Studies were presented. Prizes and shields presented to the students and faculty members for the previous competitions position holders’ students and participants were also awarded with shields and certificates.
Life Skill Based Education Forum was held on 19th December 2011 at local Hotel by HANDS with the collaboration of European Union, Rutgers World Population Foundation and Government of Pakistan. Students benefitted through LSBE shared their success stories and performed theater. Panelists, stakeholders and participants from various walks of life discussed on this model project and appreciated the efforts of HANDS and recommended to implement such model in the other districts of Sindh also.
Government of Baluchistan has recognized HANDS as its partner in development and capacity building. Government of Baluchistan through Secretary Local Government and Rural development signed MOU with HANDS General Secretary Ghulam Hussain Baloch as partner on 24th January at Secretary LGRD office Quetta.
HANDS Institute of Community Development organized the ceremony to mark the launch of book `The 2011 Sindh Flood impact, causes and repercussions compiled and edited by Zulfiqar Halepoto on 9th Feb 2010 at Marriott Hotel Karachi Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Khuhro, Head of the Thardeep Rural Development Programme, Sono Khangharani, renowned economist Dr Kaiser Bengali former adviser to the Sindh chief minister, Najma Sadeq, Ibrar Kazi, President of the Awami Jamhoori Party, Arif Hasan Sitara-e-Imtiaz, The deputy high commissioner of the United Kingdom at Karachi Frances Campbell, Retired Justice Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim Hilal-e-Imtiaz and Dr Tanveer Shaikh Chief Executive HANDS among many other delegates from media and Civil society attended this launching ceremony.
Panel discussion on ‘Gender Based Violence’ was organized by Gender Development Program (GAD) of HANDS in collaboration with Aurat Foundation, USAID and Asia Foundation on Saturday 28th January 2012 at a local Hotel.Poetry on GBV portrait and A Theatre play performed for highlighting educational and Marriage issues discriminated at domestic level followed by Panel discussion. Senior General Manager of GAD Ms. Rahila Rahim moderated the session. Documentary about 12 days activities conducted in 12 towns of Karachi under the theme of 16 days of activism was displayed. Shaheen Salahuudin (Indus News), Khursheed Haider (senior journalist, express news), Shamim Haider (senior journalist,dawn), Sirajuunnisa Essani (Vice chair person HANDS), Sharmila Farooqui ( Advisor to chief minister, sindh), Hilda Saeed (Columnist and women activist) were the active Panelist for this discussion.
Celebration of International women day, under the theme of ‘connecting girls, inspiring future’ held on 7th March 2012 at Arts Council Pakistan, Karachi with the collaboration of Aurat Foundation, USAID and Asia Foundation.Dr. Tanveer Shaikh Chief executive HANDS Mehnaz Rahim, Atiya Dawood, Mehtab Akber Rashidi, Humaira Alvani and Sobia Agha were the main participants of the event. Humaira Alvani and Mehtab Akber Rashdi presented award in Honor of their outstanding Journey. Many tabloos and theatre were performed on folk songs. The students of Karachi rural, Mithi and CMW performed a role play in this event. Various NGOs displayed their stalls at the celebration
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News Bulletin September – October, 2011
Relief and Early recovery work continues in Sindh.
As the disaster had turned to the worst due to the late appeal to the international community from government make but after the appeal a fast movement was seen in relief activity by government, INGOs and NGOs. HANDS relief work is also extended and intervention in more districts has started. “HANDS is a role model for other NGOs” said by Muzaffar Shujra Minister Disaster Management Authority during his visit to HANDS districts where along with other Government, International and local NGOs like UNDP, WHO, Plan International UNHCR, HANDS emergency relief activities is going on.
Various Delegations visits at HANDS Flood response area
Delegates from International NGOs, Civil Society Organizations, Government officials, Parliamentarian, Politicians, Journalists and media person frequently visited the HANDS intervention areas in Sindh. HANDS is working in 22 districts of Sindh specially 8 emergency declared districts.
Relief Coordination Meetings of Clusters with INGOs, NGOs and Government officials
HANDS is the participatory of all coordination meeting with various clusters for relief activities for flood victims on districts and provincial levels.
Health for All
1059 devices provided to Disable people
With cost of 7 million Rupees HANDS PPAF Disability Project starts in April 2010 in three union councils Rehari, Ebrahim Hyderi, Landhi UC-5 of bin Qasim Town Karachi, which is funded by Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF). In which, hearing aid; glasses; orthotic and prosthetic devices; wheel chairs; crutches; walking frames; toilet seats; tricycles; CP chairs and white canes were included.
25 MARVI workers trained under SHAMIL project
Certificate distribution ceremony of MARVI workers was held on 30th September 2011 at Sindh Government Hospital Ibrahim Hyderi after the successful completion of ten days training on Reproductive Health Family Planning and Mental Health. This training was conducted by SHAMIL Project of HANDS and Pakistan Association for Mental Health . Details…….
Consolidation Meeting of FALAH
The Consolidation Meeting was organized with FALAH Stake Holders, Line Departments, Religious leaders, FALAH partners and other organizations on 13th October 2011 at District Coordination Officer’s Committee room Mirpur Mathelo District Ghotki.The main objective of the meeting was to share the FALAH experiences, Success and the way forward with stake holders and District Government as they could be able to run the project objectives for future sustainability by providing the maximum assistance of birth spacing and health services to the marginalized Community of the areas.
USAID delegates Led by Nora Madrigal visited at FALAH Project Thatta
USAID delegates Led by Nora Madrigal (Health Specialist USAID Islamabad) visited at FALAH Project by HANDS. Sara Saqib, Mir Irshadullah and Nasreen Khan from USAID Islamabad, Dr Sarwat Mirza Zulifqar Ali Sario National Coordinator FALAH were present at the occasion.
World Rural Women Day was celebrated by HANDS on 19th Oct at Malir by District office HANDS. Children from HANDS supervised schools presented folk dances, dramas and debates. Stage was amazingly decorated. Founder of Shaheed Be Nazeer Bhutto Chair Prof. Aijaz Qureshi, General Secretary HANDS Ghulam Hussain Wadehlo, Chair person Women Development Foundation Pakistan Sabiha Shah and General Manager HANDS Rahila Rahim addressed the celebration ceremony.
Resource Mobilization for Flood Victims
HANDS with CPNE Karachi organized a press briefing to sensitize media to mobilize resource for flood victims, The Briefing was held on 27th September at CPNE Conference hall by the Chairman HANDS Prof. Gaffar Billoo he requested media to play their vital role in raising the issue of less response from International Community for flood survivors.
World Poverty Eradication Day by HANDS in Hyderabad Press Club.
HANDS with the collaboration of SPO, Hamdam Foundation, Journalist and Sindh Community foundation celebrated World Poverty Eradication Day in Press Club Hyderabad. Socialist, journalist and representatives of various NGOs participated. Event was well covered by all leading channels newspapers.
A session on State of Health of Children in Balochistan at HANDS ICD Quetta
Mortality rate of children can be decreased through proper planning for vaccinations, breastfeeding awareness, birthspacing technics and maintaining standard hygienic environment said by Prof Gaffar A Billoo Chairman HANDS at HANDS–ICD Quetta during a session on State of Health of Children in Balochistan on 1st October 2011 at HANDS House Quetta along with Chief executive HANDS senior leadership from civil society organizations, Government officials and media person attended this session.
Human Resource Development
TOT on Psycho-social Care for Disaster Affected Communities
HANDS ICD organized Ten days ToT in Karachi on 26th Sept to 5th Oct 2011 . This trainnig programme is organized by HANDS Institute of Community Development in the collaboration of Basic needs international for those who have a commitment to developing their knowledge and skills in the field of psychosocial care for disaster affected communities. The pupose is that these trainers will implement the Basic Needs model in communities. In this event 30 participants of leading NGOs of Pakistan are attending the training from all over the country. International trainers from UK and Srilanka were conduct this training sessions. Closing ceremony of the training was presided by Mr.Muzfar Ali Shujra Minster for Rehabilitation, in which certificates were given to all participants.
Two days training of project staff of Medico International Project
A Rehabilitation project for 2010 flood victim supported by Medico International has initiated at Jacobabad, Jamshoro. This project means to provide CPI, Health, Education and entrepreneurship support. For this reason project staff has trained to implement the project Two days training on M.I Projects for Jamshoro and Jacobabad was held on 24th and 25th September 2011. 39 HANDS staff were attended this training. The project is for 2010 flood victims rehabilitation in which staff was empower through technical aspect of all interventions.
Child Protection workshop for HANDS staff
Child Protection workshop was organized by HANDS & Plan International team at Badin Office Hall. Mohammad Ali was the Master trainer of this training 25 members participated in this workshop. Children were the most vulnerable at the time of disaster in terms of basic Needs and especially basic rights, this workshop organized to clear the child rights group activities were also done on WASH and H&H. Feedback from participants was comprehensive so proved that one day work shop was successful.
Participation in International Forums
HANDS Chief Executive’s visit to Malaysia
HANDS Marvi Models were presented by Chief Executive Dr Tanveer Ahmed Shaikh at Health Action International Annual Board Meeting and Asia P Pacific Conference on Access to Medicine in Penang Malaysia.
HANDS GM attended International Learning forum at Indonesia
HANDS GM Disaster Management Zafar Dehraj and GM Health Promotion Plan Dr Khalid Pervez attended 2nd International Learning forum and 6th APC-SRHR was held in October 2011 at Yogyakarta – Bali Indonesia along with other delegates from Pakistan. General Manager Disaster HANDS presented poster presentation on SRHR needs of IDPs during disaster. It was an international conference; more than 1100 delegates from around 60 countries were participated. Details………
Commitment to delivery
Inaugurations and handing over ceremonies are the routine practice of HANDS TAMEER Program
Inauguration of TAMEER project at Makli Thatta and Shikarpur celebrated during October 2011 Micro entrepreneurship support to start the live with self reliance and social protection with livelihood support are the major segment additionally been provided to the affected community. In this regards legal right support desk has been established to support people in getting their lost documents during flood like CNIC, birth certificate and death certificate and other compulsory documents. This project is also aims to propagate human rights awareness and especially for deprived sector of society like women and children rights.
HANDS Rescued Thousands from the Rains / Flood Areas
HANDS had started its rescue and relief work as early as from 14th August from Badin by declaring emergency and establishing three emergency response centers at Badin, Hyderabad and Umerkot. HANDS is present in 8 most affected districts for relief activity. HANDS has rescued many families throughout the rain affected areas of Sindh. HANDS Supported work in relief camps along with Government and other NGOs till now HANDS supplied ration to 20,000, Health facility to more than 6000 peoples and Education facility in more than 10 relief camps to the affected families established 8 tent cities for more than 4000 peoples. Mobile medical teams are vigorous serving affected people daily by providing medicines, ORS, water treatment tabs, de-worming medicine to kids and also carrying out circumcisions. Health awareness sessions for the prevention of epidemics are the key segments of Mobile medical camping.
HANDS executive management is keenly observing and monitoring this Response work with great attention. Photos…..
Media role in disaster 2010 applauded by chairman HANDS
Media Seminar at Karachi Press Club
HANDS arranged a media seminar on 7th June 2011 at Karachi Press Club for sensitizing need of super management for 2011 monsoon rains to avoid any disaster and to emphasis to speed up focus of rehabilitation work and to recognize and appreciate the efforts of Media person and Journalists during Flood 2010. 24 Shields of honor presented to the best performed correspondents during emergency from all leading channels and news papers, which have covered flood during emergency and yet committed in process of recovery and rehabilitation.
Prof. Gaffar A Billoo Chairman HANDS inaugurated the event with an inspiring presentation on post disaster situation. He presented that 80% of the work is still remaining. He also emphasized to engage government authorities to prepare the nation for upcoming disastrous situations ever in future. A documentary was shown describing the damages came about by Flood and HANDS efforts to mitigate from early emergency relief to rehabilitation. Senior journalists and columnists Prof. Tauseef Ahmed and Dr. Jabbar Khattak shared their views. Dr Tanveer Ahmed CEO of HANDS appreciated the solidarity shown by the media persons during pak flood 2010. Representative of the press club Shams Kerio shared the closing remarks with the spectators. more pictures of media seminar
Media is reported to play a proactive role in society GM Communication HANDS
HANDS Media seminar was held on 7th July 2011 at Venus Hotel Hyderabad. Bilquis Rehman HANDS General Manager Communication highlighted the recovery gaps which exist in delivering flood affected. She also emphasized to engage government authorities to prepare the nation for upcoming disastrous situations ever in future. Media is proving itself a useful partner for civil society organizations and Government as well. She stated that strategies should be made by media and NGOs jointly to handle disastrous situations to help the Governmental bodies. Razzaq Umrani District Manager Hyderabad delivered the welcome words to the media delegates with the wishes for having much better ties in between media and civil society organizations to rebuilt flood affected areas specially. Bilquis Rehman GM, ICR, HANDS presented a inspiring narration of HANDS work before media person she focused on the joint role of Civil Society Organizations and media which can lead us to success as media in Pakistan is very active in pointing out situations.
Zafar Dehraj of HANDS presented the insights of HANDS work throughout the flood effected areas. He mentioned that there is still a huge rehabilitation work to do and he appealed the governmental bodies, International and National NGOs and other philanthropists to walk along HANDS and contribute their parts in the process of rehabilitation. Nation is impressed by media and looking forward for it to play parts in the compassionate acts.
Mushtaq Ahmed Memon President Press Club Hyderabad praised the work of NGOs he stated that we journalists witnessed the efforts made by philanthropists and NGOs especially from HANDS He promised to offer any type of assistance during disastrous situations and to spread HANDS message through media.
A documentary was shown describing the damages came about by Flood and HANDS efforts to mitigate from early emergency relief to rehabilitation.
Abdul Rahim Moosvi In charge Media cell HANDS said the vote of thanks to Media concerns and other guests by sparing their efforts and time for the good cause. Pictures of Media seminar Hyderabad
HANDS Organized National Seminar on Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction at IBA Sukkar
May 7th 2011, people of Sukkur witnessed a spectacular seminar organized by the largest NGO of Sindh “HANDS”. The event was organized at IBA Sukkur which started at 9:00am under the leadership of Chairman HANDS Prof. A.G. Billoo. More than 1000 people participated in the event to learn about Post Disaster situations.
The Seminar started well with the recitation from Holy Quran followed by a welcome address by Prof. A.G. Billoo. Professor Billoo shared HANDS’ evolution from one room NGO to largest growing NGO of Pakistan. “Healthy, educated and prosperous Pakistan is our dream so we will work until this dream comes true” said the Sitara-e-Imtiaz Prof. Billoo. Later documentary video title “wailed water to TAMEER” was presented by HANDS which has been made on HANDS intervention from Rescue to Rehabilitation. This documentary highlighted efforts made in the past 9 months to provide Shelter, Education, Health, WASH, and livelihood services delivered by HANDS in 16 union Council of 8 districts of Sindh & Baluchistan.
A sensational theater play was also performed in the Seminar to sensitize about problems of flood victims & create understanding among audience. This was followed by few more addresses including Mr. Sajjad Hyder Shah (Director Operations PDMA Sindh) who shared future disaster risks estimated by PDMA. He praised HANDS efforts in the flood 2010 and showed his trust with HANDS to work with in future. Mr. Ghulam Mustafa Abro (Provincial DRM coordinator PDMA) specified the possible risks of disasters in Sindh and its preventions.
Dr. Naseeruddin Mahmood (a turstee of Sina & Karachi Rural Trust) described the 5 “R” concepts in a disastrous situation and emphasized on health and education sectors. A unique set of calculations were presented by Dr. Naseerudin, he suggested if every single household in Pakistan spares Rs 324/- every month out of 17 million population of Pakistan then we can serve flood affected families regarding their Health, Education and WASH issues and we would not require help from anyone else. Efforts made by civil societies were praised by Dr. Sono Khangharani (CEO-Sindh Rural Support Organisation/Thar deep Rural Development Program) he highlighted the role of National NGOs in several disasters faced by Pakistan. He said that our National NGO’s capacity is in face of evolution in past we don’t know much about it like in 2005 INGO’ s came forward and played major role in rehabilitation while in recent 2010 disaster National NGOS showed their efforts in full strength. Moreover problems of maternal health and Neonatal health issues during the disaster situation were highlighted by Mr. Ali Mir (Chief of Party FALAH- Population Council) focused his address on these issues and made sure we do not forget these issues. Mr. Qadeer Baig (Rutgers-WPF) explained the Gender perspective and affects of flood on women and how to provide them better health services and save from violence. Representation from Media and role of Media in 2010 flood was enlightened by Mr. Mohsin Babbar (KTN Network-Islamabad).Dr. Tanveer Ahmed CEO – HANDS presented vote of Thanks at the end.
After the plenary sessions, shields were presented to the chief guests and key speakers honoring them for participating in the seminar and working throughout disaster from response to rehabilitation phases.
The seminar concluded with a thanks speech by Chief Executive HANDS Dr. Sheikh Tanveer who said “It is our honor to serve 2010 flood affected and this was made possible only by the dedicated team of HANDS which has now exceeded up to 2000 employees”. He further said that the restless efforts of HANDS team delivered up to 1000 houses to flood survivors and more than hundred thousand students got benefitted through our education programs, while thousands of people supported through various income generation schemes under HANDS TAMEER strategy developed after 2010 flood.
HANDS also organized different stalls for its own departments which displayed HANDS work. Along with HANDS various partner organizations also shared their work by displaying their stalls. The seminar served the purpose in educating people on disaster preparedness and risk reduction, while the sharing of work by different stakeholders highlighted the work that has been delivered to flood survivors Photos on facebook
7000 One room homes handed over to affected of flood 2010
Handing Over ceremonies
People showed grand appreciation towards HANDS efforts by making their dream came true. As HANDS is the first organization who delivers the first 2010 Flood early recovery to Rehabilitation Projects which includes shelter, community Infrastructure, water and sanitation ,education with support of UNHCR, DFID,Steunt Pakistan,Novo Nordisk and many more donors and philonthropists.In this regard more than 7000 houses have been handed over to the flood survivors 2010. Continuing to prove its dedication and the ability to deliver its commitments, series of handing over of shelters at district Thatta, Jamshoro, Dadu has been organized by HANDS districts offices. The first handing over process began with the ceremony on 10th March 2011. This project was completed with the support of several development partners and philanthropist in which Medico International is on top. People who received houses were very happy and celebrated their happiness in grand occasion in their lives by dancing on local music. They showed grand appreciation towards HANDS efforts by making their dream came true. With these back to back achievements, HANDS is now rated the biggest national NGO.
Another handing over ceremony took place at Thatta on 30th March 2011 in which 204 houses further delivered to the flood survivors of 3 villages in Thatta. This project was completed with the support of Medico International.
In Village Maroo khan Talpur near Sehwan District Jamshooro next ceremony was held on 17th May 2011 by Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS) in which 63 constructed houses handed over to the flood effected people of Sindh HANDS established a model village of 63 housing units. Cost of one room Shelter with kitchen and toilet facility 110000 Rupees per unit. School and Mosque are also built in this village.
Chairman HANDS Prof. A.G Billoo (Sitarai e Imtiaz) said on the occasion that these efforts will continue till the last homeless person gets his own residence He thanks to the Philanthropist for their cooperation to achieve the task. Chief Executive Dr Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed explained the struggles made by the team of HANDS to achieve this goal and he obliged to all volunteers and participants.
A fabulous amount of appreciation was seen by the receivers of houses who get possessions of houses and they showed their gratitude towards HANDS selfless efforts. The cheerful faces of men and women who received houses were unexplainable. Cultural show was arranged by the community and people showered Flowers leaves upon the guests. Large number of people among which journalist, representatives from civil society organizations, local authorities’ personnel and volunteers attended the Ceremony.
MNA Mr. Ghani Talpur appreciated HANDS efforts and promised to offer his cooperation in further efforts for rehabilitation. He announced Gas, and basic health unit for the village, he further said that he will present appreciation resolution in National Assembly regarding the laudable work done by the HANDS. Details..
Inauguration of Vocational Training Center and Model house at UNDP- HANDS funded Intervention Areas in District Thatta
Inauguration of Vocational Training Center and Model house at UNDP- HANDS funded Intervention Areas in District Thatta was held on 7th July 2011 at Mazdoor Village Tehsil Jati by Provincial Minister of Relief and rehabilitation Sindh Haji Muzzaffar Shujra. Before that he Visited village Ismail Mirjat & Passand Maissri village along with the team of HANDS, Journalists, Government local officials and delegates from UNDP. Where sewing machines distributed to the women recently trained through HANDS vocational training program and the delegates sighted the built houses for the villagers.
Inaugration ceremony was held on Mazdoor village Construction site Muzzaffar Shujra appreciated the HANDS work and said that Government cannot cope up with the disastrous situation alone, Government was not prepared and trained even as this we faced the flood after 100 years heavy rains made it worst Government has established a official net work through DCO’s and local bodies we have spare crops and allocated a reasonable amount to face any upcoming disaster but we also need the civil societies organizations to come and support us.
Mr. Geromino Field coordinator from UNDP expressed his views and said that the HANDS work is beyond our expectations but we can do anything united we must respect the nature disasters come all over the world what we can do we must do. UNDP is always with HANDS he announced the visit of UNO’s and CNN’s executives to Thatta in near future.
Chief Executive HANDS Dr Tanveer Shaikh gave a brief of HANDS work and took a promise with the villagers to educate their children as HANDS doing every effort to educate their children. He said that often disaster provide us the chance to be united and do even better things which are not possible in normal circumstances.
DCO Thatta Rafique Memon, Usman Malkani , Aijaz Memon of HANDS, Ghulam Hussain Baloch General Secretary HANDS, Dr Aqsa of UNDP and CBO’s meber Khamees ullah also addressed the gathering. more pics of the event
Tennis icon visited Mazdoor Goth Jati Thatta
Toshihiro Tanaka Country Director UNDP for Pakistan and Goodwill ambassador of UNDP Pakistani Tennis Star Aisam ul Haq gave great encouragement to the community when they visited Community Restoration Project with the partnership of UNDP at Mazoor Village Jati. In this project 225 shelters, 85 people are selected for entrepreneurship, 170 for live stock and poultry development, 85 for agriculture development and 20 people are supported in terms of cash for work. With the intentions to empower the community and the restoration/ rehabilitation of this village after the destruction of flood because there are so many villages suffered from flood, but the Mazdoor Village Jati is deserved to be reformed so the joint venture of UNDP and HANDS Pakistan is the reality of the day that whole of the team of UNDP visited rather inaugurated the shelters and other inputs and supports being provided to this village by the country director.
This flood affected community with HANDS joint venture is supported 225 shelters, 85 people are selected for entrepreneurship, 170 for live stock and poultry development, 85 for agriculture development and 20 people are supported in terms of cash for work. These poor of the poors are selected by the CBO are given trainings in the subjects respectively and then 85 people for small business are practically supported and have started their livelihood. For live stocks nominees the process to provide them goats has been started as per schedule and the farms are also made there. 25 females are provided swing machines along with required stuff are also given trainings, 10 out of 25 have completed 2 months training of stitching clothes are happy now, they are generating their livelihood at low cost charges which benefits to the client as well. Agriculture inputs are in the process to be provided within the couple of days and at the time when they require fertilizer and seeds, etc. The community physical infrastructure is also the part of our program in which 25 hand pumps, plantation for good environment, streets and drainage, etc are the main components. Except this the process of mobilization regarding health and education will be continued even if the scheduled time period of project is over. At this stage community is so empowered and well aware that they keep check and balance in terms of quantity and quality, they are a bit capable now to resolve their minor problems, the process of development is not to be stopped, the community realizes that what is development and how to live a good life.Photos on facebook
NDMA and UNDP Visit at Passand Maissiri Village.
NDMA and UNDP delegation along with local Government official visited Passand Maissiri Village on 9th July 2011 Zafar Qadir Chairman NDMA, Peer bux Jamali DG NDMA, Shiliyam (Advisor UNDP ), Zia Abro DFP UNDP (DRM), Hafeez Siyal (EDO Revenue), Atif DDO Revenue Sujawal and Mr Rafique Memon DDO HRM (Revenue). NDMA Chairman announced for further support in this villlage initially he announced provision of TV Sets for this village. Dr Akash and Mr Sarang provided facilitation to visitors Photos…..
Inauguration of Housing project at Noor Muhammad Village
Housing project at Noor Muhammad Village Inaugurated by Sarim Shaikh Managing Director Shell Companies on 23rd June at Hub River Road. Housing Project of Noor Muhammad Village is a generous contribution of HANDS for underprivileged community livelihood duly sponsored and supported by PPAF and Shell Companies. Pics of Noor Muhammad Village Inauguration pictures
Dr Tanveer sheikh delivered the back ground and informed that 1000 peoples were living in this village depending only on Garbage searching to earn their livings Electricity, sanitations, health, pure water or School no such facilities were available to them even all of them were not registered with NADRA. He further stated the importance of collaboration of Civil Society Organizations, Philanthropists, Government bodies, Multinational organizations and CBOs to carry on the project. He declared that the project will continue until providing houses to all the villagers with health facilities, school, energy sourcing, sanitation and safe drinking water. They were living miserable life. HANDS adopted the village, managed to help villagers registered with NADRA to have their CNIC cards. Sanitation, school, health facility, drinking water, energy sources and Model housing block provided them by HANDS. Same works are still in progress. Dr Nighat Ahmed of PPAF appreciated the efforts made by HANDS; Sarim Shaikh Managing Director assured the every possible co operation in future to complete this task, Mr. Zafar P. Sabri of EIDM point out the happiness Shown on the faces of residents of Noor Muhammad Village and appreciated their assistance to bring about such a wonderful project. Ghulam Hussain Babu Representative of the community thanked the Shell, PPAF and HANDS for changing the lives of villagers.
Sensitization and Resource Mobilization for Flood Survivors 2010;
Meeting with Rotary club Karsaz
Dr Gaffar A Billoo Chairman HANDS presented a brief summary of HANDS work in the meeting of Rotary club Karsaz in a local hotel and briefed about the efforts have made by HANDS from relief to rehabilitation he mentioned that 17,44,471 houses destroyed all over the country during flood 2010. IDPs were settled in the temporary camps for saving their lives. There were threats for thousands of lives being devastated due to non precautionary measures and pre disaster planning. But the timely efforts done by governmental, nongovernmental, international organizations and donors saved our country by a human disaster. HANDS with its 1800 Volunteers and by spending more than 2 billons rupees has worked in sindh’s flood affected areas. We have planned to construct houses for 50,000 families and till now we have handed over 7000 houses to the flood affected peoples. He appealed the Rotarians, Donors and Philanthropists to come forward and play a part till the completion of rehabilitation. Rotarian Pir Mohammad Diwan thanked Dr Gaffar Billoo and said that HANDS efforts for flood survivors are commendable on that occasion Rotary Club Karsaz Announced Funding for the construction of 5 houses for flood survivors.
Tribute to friends of HANDS
HANDS arranged Tribute for Friends of HANDS on 28th July 2011 at Pearl continental Hotel Karachi for the acknowledgement of support of “Friends of HANDS” who gave support to HANDS interventions for its developmental Projects and especially in PAK Flood 2010 relief and recovery work. Chairman HANDS Prof. Gaffar Billoo and HANDS Chief Executive Dr Tanveer Shaikh presented progress of TAMEER project of early recovery and rehabilitation. Minister for Relief and rehabilitation Haji Muzzaffar Shujra point up HANDS as a role model for the NGOs and said that Govt. is eyewitness to HANDS work. Chairman Pakistan Federation of Chambers and commerce also shared his views, appreciated HANDS work and promised for support from KCCI. Friends appreciated HANDS intervention and committed to continue their collaboration in future as well as were in the past. Photos…
Right to Education
1 million students get benefitted through 1000 schools in 7 districts of Sindh;
HANDS has initiated a large scale project of “Integrated Approach for School Revival -ISAR” with support of UKAID-DFID for revival of 1000 primary schools in 07 flood affected districts of Sindh. This project is benefiting 100,000 children, 2000 teachers and nearly 500,000 community members. Not only schools have been renovated or rebuild where needed but teachers were trained for class management, disaster risk management, child rights especially for corporal punishment and psycho social help after any disaster to support children and community. pictures…
Health For All
1928 Mothers were treated
NARI project has distributed NARI vouchers to 1928 pregnant women for free of cost services of p`re-natal, natal and post natal services at Taluka Hospitals.The increasing number of maternal deaths in our society is an alarm to an unhealthy culture. HANDS with the financial support of Packard Foundation initiated a program called NARI through which 1928 mothers were treated initially but due to a good response and success in the program, HANDS and Packard Foundation were running to extend the program this program created awareness among women about the importance of birth spacing, proper delivery and other maternal affairs. A substantial drop in the number of deaths has been recorded. An article on this program was published in a monthly magazine “Tameer-e-Shehr” read more about HANDS NARI Project Interim Report……. NARI Video
HANDS and Ibrat a renowned name in media organized a joint venture for health camps.
Just about six months after the devastating flood 2010 sweeping, people seem to be stress-free and less caring when it comes to help flood affected. No doubt, when flood hit the country, volunteers from the four provinces showed a major contribution by helping the flood victims physically and financially. As the time was passing the help process touching to slower pace but HANDS and Ibrat a renowned name in media organized a joint venture for health camps and decided to dedicate a week to help flood affected in health sector in all the 8 districts of Sindh which were affected by flood. This was an idea by Mr. Kazi Asad Abid (Chairman I.G.P, Chairman T.V.O, President A.P.N.S and Former MNA). HANDS under the supervision of District executive manager Abdul Razzak Umrani stood by them as a partner throughout this activity and participated in several areas. Some of the areas targeted for the activity are Labor colony (Kotri), Aliabad, Masoobhoorgari and Talbal Maula colony, where Mobile Medical Camps were built. Approximately 3000 patients from 120 families were treated in a week’s time. Famous figures of the region Ex-Talluka Nazim, Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamoor (MNA), Syed Faisal Shah Jamoor (MNA) Jay Prakash (Media), Ijaz Lagari (Media), Jamal Bhatti (Media) also visited these medical camps and appreciated IGP & HANDS efforts in health sector. Mehran T.V, Sindh T.V, Dhoom, , and news papers Ibrat, Sindhu, Sansaar, Sindhu Digest, covered this remarkable activity.
Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) Training
Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) Training at THQ Sujawal organized by HANDS with collaboration SINA Naya pakistan From 16/05/2011to 21/05/2011 25Trainees participated in this event.Objectives of this training were to give awareness through training to TBAs for decreasing maternal death & in case of complication they must refer patient for nearest health center like RHC, THQ. Also develop the workforce at grass roots level (villages) to help the communities (Females) to have safe births at their doorstep.
Lady Health Supervisors Training on Supportive Supervision.
Lady Health Supervisors Training on Supportive Supervision was held on 26th May at EDO Health Conference Hall Sanghar. Dr. Farooque Aiwan (EDO-H Sangahr), Dr. Yar Mohammed Jamali (DC-NP) and Ms. Asma Jatoi (Health Education Officer – NP/Focal Person FALAH) attended inaugural session while Dr. Gul Rashid (Director HR- PC) supervised training. Mr. Nadir Baloch and Sanghar HANDS team arranged and organized training.
FALAH 06 Days CCFPS (Advance) Training
FALAH 06 Days CCFPS (Advance) Training at Dadu on May 20th, 2011 at Al Macca Guest House training Hall Dadu, has been completed. Dr. Shabnam Palijo and Ms. Rehana Abbasi were the trainers of training, Dr. Arshad Mehmood Director MER Population Council and Dr Anjum Fatima Senior General Manager HANDS visited the training on 2nd Day 06 Female Medical Officers and 18 Lady Health Visitors Total 24 HCPs of PPHI completed this training. Mr. Mola Bux Solangi DSM-PPHI Dadu distributed the certificates on last Day of the training and he thanked HANDS FALAH team for organizing 06 Days trainings for PPHI Female HCPs in District Dadu. Dr. Abdul Aziz BabarDistrict Coordinator FALAH Dadu Mr. Zulfiqar Sario and FALAH Head Office team facilitated this training.
Use of GIS in Planning and Monitoring.
One day training of District Officials at Ghotki on use of GIS in Planning and Monitoring under the facilitation of Ms. Iram Kamran, Senior Program Officer & Mr. Mohammad Rehan Niazi, Deputy Program Officer, Population Council Islamabad, at District Govt. Complex Ghotki at Mirpur Mathelo to disseminate the information regarding use of GIS System to improve the Health System in the District. Mr. Zahid Ali Abbasi DCO Ghotki, Mr. Munwar Lal EDO (Finance & Planning) Ghotki, Dr. Dhani Bux Thebo EDO (Health) Ghotki, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khokhar, EDO (Education) Ghotki Mr. Notan Lal, EDO (CDD) Ghotki, Mr. Irshad Ahmed Jatt, DPWO, District Coordinator NP HMIS Coordinator, DSM PPHI, District Officer MNCH and other personals had participated.
Fighting against hunger
HANDS collaborated with UNICEF to form Emergency Stabilizing Centers in Sehwan district Jamshoro under the ‘Nutrition’ project. This project was initially launched for 2 months but HANDS through efforts convinced UNICEF to continue it for another year. Till date 12,802 children have been screened and provided with plumpy dozes.
International Women’s Day 2011
On March 8th 2011 HANDS organized several events on that day at district levels as well as on provincial levels. HANDS executives participated in two rallies on that day which were held in Karachi, one appeared from Mazaar-e-Qaid and the other from Karachi Press Club. Shehla Raza (Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly) also participated in these rallies. The rallies were organized to address and promote the education, importance, role and rights of women in a society. Electronic and print media covered both the events.A similar event (Women Empowerment Day) observed on 14th March 2011 at Jam Kanda football ground (Karachi Rural), to motivate and encourage women and to educate them about their rights and their status. Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed (C.E HANDS) and Rahila Rahim (SGM GAD & PAP), many HANDS members and volunteers participated in this event. The event included speeches, debates, and tablos followed by certificate distribution.
World Population Day 2011
HANDS celebrated World Population Day on July 11, 2011 on several districts of HANDS intervention areas. Activities were witnessed in all HANDS intervention districts also in Sindh Punjab and Baluchistan Rallies and walks were organized with Partnership of Population department, for the cause of Maternal Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) healthy Birth spacing people were displayed banners and play cards with the messages of benefits of Birth Spacing and Mother Child health importance for the purpose of awareness raising in masses.
At HANDS District Umerkot the event significant was increases with the participation of Syed Ali Mardan Shah ,Provincial Minister Population Welfare, whose presence and speech enhance the importance of the event. Another renowned personality who contributed more life to this event was Mr. Ali Murad Rajer (M.P.A). The rally started at Umerkot from Moti Chowk and ended at Press Club in which people from different sectors and organization such as NGOs, Philanthropist, Government officials participated. The Rally was followed by a program in which guest speakers spoke about the problems faced by our nation due to over population and emphasized on controlling the issue. The last stage of the program was an award ceremony in which 22 awards were distributed to prominent MARVI Workers and Family Welfare Workers whose efforts were seen clearly in the communities.
In Punjab rally was also organize from Office of EDO health and Chowk Katchery with the collaboration of Population Welfare Department where about more than 300 people participated. Among prominent figure MNA Shahid Mehmood Khan, EDO health Inamul Haq and Principle Regional Training Institute of Population Welfare Abdul Wahid were participated. Photos….
National Workshop on where there is no LHW’s
National Workshop on where there is no LHW’s was held on 26th and 27th July 2011 by HANDS in a local hotel at Karachi. This National workshop was sponsored by Packard Foundation and held in collaboration with World Health Organization, Health and Population Welfare Departments of Federal and Provincial Government and Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi.
Over 3.5 million health workers urgently needed to end crisis over the world, new research published today identifies over 40 million children living in “healthcare deserts” not receiving even the most basic care. Every year 48 million women give birth without someone with the proper medical skills present. New research highlights ‘healthcare deserts’ in 25 developing countries, where up to one-third of all children do not receive any of the six essential vaccinations for childhood killer diseases or basic treatment for diarrhea, one of the main causes of child mortality. Over 250 organizations have come together to see world leaders make specific commitments to more health workers, better supported” at the UN General Assembly meetings in New York on September 20, 2011. Objectives of workshop are to share the different models of Community Health Workers (CHWs) for LHWs uncovered areas and to develop the consensus in a Community Health Worker model among stakeholders for LHWs uncovered areas.
The National Program of Primary Health Care of LHW worker is truly pride project for all of us but 90,000 LHWs covers only 54% of the country’s population thus 46% of population remain uncovered, these communities remain highly marginalized and vulnerable population. Findings of the workshop meant to be presented to policy makers for future implementations. Which are as under: Participants presented their suggestions for the training, practice, qualification and nature of the job they focused that Health workers should be posted on their own localities, married women should be preferred and their appointments should be done on merit without any political or other pressures. General conditions of the Centers for Maternal and new born should be improved and make sure the co operation of government and non government organizations.
Saleem Khan Minister population welfare Kayber Pakhtoonkhawh said Elimination of ignorance unemployment is mandatory for us we have to set up organized policies for lady health workers he further stated that 46% uncovered are must be facilitated that had been ignored till now. Government can not perform alone NGOs must come forward He invited HANDS to work in Baluchistan and Kayber Pakhtoonkhawh and committed to provide necessary co operation.
Prof. Gaffar Billoo Chairman HANDS stated that a figure speaks of volumes. He stated that Pakistan health scenario although improved but do not present a rosy picture with high Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) is 276 per hundred thousand live births, Infant Mortality Rate(IMR) is 76 per thousand live births and Contraceptive prevalence Rate (CPR) is 29 percent. He proposed that there should be male worker with Lady Health workers. He presented vote of thanks to the participants.
Mumtaz Ali Shah Secretary Population Welfare Department Sindh, Dr Yasmeen Qazi Senior Country Advisor Population Program David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Saleem Khan Minister Population welfare Department KPK, Dr Sumaia Afadil from WHO, Prof. Masood Hameed Khan Vice chancellor Dow Health Sciences, Naseer uddin Baluch Additional Secretary Health, Zafar Baleedi Additional Secretary population department Baluchistan, Naseer Nizamani Health Specialist UNFPA and Rizwan Ahmed Secretary Health Sindh. Provincial Health and population Ministers and Secretaries of all the provinces, Head of UN agencies (WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA), INGOs, Civil Society and International Experts discussed their pilots and innovative model which could be replicated in cost effective way throughout Pakistan. More than 100 distinguished delegates attended this National workshop. Photos….
Talk to me-breastfeeding - Provincial Advocacy Seminar on Breast Feeding
Only 36% of children below six month of age in developing countries are exclusively breastfeed.
Provincial Advocacy Seminar on “Breast Feeding “was held on 9th August, 2011 by Health Department, Govt. of Sindh and HANDS in collaboration with UNICEF and PPA at Pearl continental hotel. Secretaries health, Population welfare department, parliamentarians, leading public health persons and representatives of WHO UN, INGOs, Civil societies and Media representative attended the seminar.
Prof Gaffar Billoo said in his welcome address that the theme of world breastfeeding month in August is “Talk to me-breastfeeding”’. It is indeed a suitable theme. We talk so much about the importance and benefits of breastfeeding- to protect, promote and support it, during this month but what happen after that. Breast feeding is suppressed by baby milk formulas and bottle feeding still killing 1 million babies per year. HANDS generating awareness through masses since 30 years which can be shown in HANDS intervention areas.
Dr Khalid Shaikh Additional Secretary Health said that only a small percentage of mothers follow the recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding up to six months of birth, beginning immediately after birth. Of this small percentage, a majority are those who deliver in a government set-up they never guided for breast feeding NGOs may play a potential role in this regards. He also mentioned some of disadvantages for not practicing breastfeeding.
Ashfaq Ali Shah Secretary PWD Govt. of Sindh said that Breast feeding make sure the reasonable birth spacing time and better health of baby and mother. Collaboration of population welfare program and NGOs can achieve much better results. He illustrate on the religious aspects of breastfeeding.
Dr. Dure Shehwar Provincial Nutrition Cell focal person Government of Sindh said in her keynote address that decline in breast feeding and its marked effects on the child health is a national issue. In 1991-92, a nationwide survey was conducted in Pakistan to collect baseline health information on a variety of maternal and child health issues. Survey results indicate that fewer mothers are breast feeding their children, and that mothers who do breast-feed often supplement breast milk unnecessarily and/or stop breast feeding earlier. Scientific evidence has shown that breastfeeding could lead to a 13% reduction in deaths of children under five if infants were exclusively breastfed for 6 months and continued to be breastfed up to two year with timely and appropriate introduction of complementary food after 6 months. Only 36% of children below six month of age in developing countries are exclusively breastfeed. No other preventive intervention is more cost effective in reducing the number of children who die before reaching their fifth birthday.She presented 10 steps of breastfeeding.
Dr Hafeez Memon DG Health appreciated HANDS work for making kids life more safe and secured he focused for the quality training of health workers and awareness programs for pregnant women through media for exclusive breastfeeding.
Dr Asif Aslam Health Specialist UNICEF that there is evidence that breast feeding is on the decline in many developing countries Breastfeeding plays an important role in preventing stunting a condition that cause irreversible physical and cognitive damage, and which is viewed as a key indicator reflecting inequities in society. A communication challenge is to be met and media can also play a vital role.
Prof. D S Akram CEO HELP said Undesirable breast feeding practices were found to be associated with urban residence, younger mother’s age, and higher educational attainment. This is an unsafe tendency awareness should be created from early age through school girls. Breast feeding is a security to babies’ lives.
Dr Khalid Zubairi Representative PPA said If you look at the ground reality, we find that because of the failure to breastfeed, millions of babies’ lives are lost, which could have been saved through a simple act- breastfeeding.
Zareen Majeed MPA Sindh said government is fully aware of this matter but the awareness must be raised from grass root levels whichcan be done only by the help of civil society.
Dr Tanveer Shaikh Chief Executive HANDS delivered the vote of thanks to the participants. Photos…
When there is a “WILL” there is a “WAY”
HANDS managed to intervene in three remote and sensitive areas of Sukkur which even not having any law enforcement agencies or governmental observation. HANDS distributed 500 radio sets which were provided by Internews Organization.
64 HANDS staff visited Naran Kaghan Valley for Leadership Training from 21st May to 29th May 2011. It was a wonderful experience because every participant had opportunity to utilize his/her leadership skills. The training was very interactive and full of team building and group works.
News in Brief
- SEDC (Social Entrepreneur Development Center) of LUMS published a HANDS case study as a success story in their annual case study book.
- Several trainings were conducted by hands staff on health and education awareness and capacity building in Badin, Ghotki, Karachi Rural and almost every district HANDS is covering.
- A flower show was organized by District Govt. in Badin on 12th and 13thMarch. HANDS stall was certified as “Best Stall” and Ms. Abida Jamali was certified as “Best Focal Person”.
- HANDS organized events in several schools to celebrate “Pakistan Day” on 23rd March. Students performed tablos, songs and speeches on the occasion.