News Bulletin August 2011
HANDS Rescued Thousands from the Rains / Flood Areas
Relief work in Badin
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
More than 7000 houses have been handed over to the 2010 flood survivors so far;
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.
Prof Gaffar A Billoo addressing at Handing over ceremony
Dr Tanveer Shaikh addressing at Handing over ceremony
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.
Inauguration of houses
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 center
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
Visit of UNDP Delegates
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 Chairman Signing Guest book
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
Prof Gaffar A Billoo presenting TAMEER strategy
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.
HANDS Medical camp with Ibrat group
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 advance training of LHVs
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.
Training for 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
Distribution of food in relief camp
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
Presence of Shahla Raza at International Women’s Day Celebration
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
Celebrating World Population Day
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
Stakeholders at advocasy seminar
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
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”
Radio Set distribution in remote area
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.
Leadership training at Naraan
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.
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