Civil Society demanded Government to formulate strategy for the implementation of Child marriage Act in Sindh

After passing of the Bill child marriages restraint Act  2013 ,in Provincial Assembly of Sind, there is still increase in the Child marriages which is leading to high rate of Maternal mortality in the Region. It is also becomes a question mark on the efforts of Present government to combat this issue.

In order to overcome this problem HANDS in Collaboration with Rutgers WPF launch an awareness campaign, through this project “Awareness to Action” and trained 300 young peoples to create awareness among masses in various areas of Sind Province which aims health of girls & to ensure safe motherhood.  On this occasion HANDS officials said that we are putting our efforts to curb early marriage issues which cause early pregnancies and resulted in several complicated health problems for young mothers and new born child.

A consultative meeting of stake holders including Civil Society, Media and Government dignitaries has been arranged to address the Health & Rights of young girls especially to highlight teen age pregnancies due to early marriages and how to stop these practices. In this occasion apart from media representative and civil society high officials from Health department was also presented. Health department Dr.Abdul Shakoor  said that the condition of maternal health is not upto the mark in Pakistan especially our rural women are still dependent on unskilled birth attendants.

DSC_0067

The Civil society experts stress to  improve the access to free medical services and urge for the serious measures by authorities to stop marriages before eighteen and formulate appropriate strategy to implement the law of Child Marriage.

DSC_0074

HANDS Emergency Response for IDPs of North Waziristan update till 22 July 2014

Introduction of HANDS Pakistan:                                                                                        

HANDS was founded by Prof.A.G.Billoo (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) in 1979. HANDS has evolved in 34 years as one of the largest Non-Profit Organization of the country with integrated development model. HANDS has a network of 30 offices across the country and has access to more than 16.2 million population nearly 20,274 villages/ settlement in 34 districts of Pakistan. HANDS strength is 18 volunteers Board Members, more than 1502 full time staff and nearly one million community based volunteers of 5205 medium and small size organizations.

 HANDS Pakistan is registered under Societies Act, is certified by Pakistan Center of Philanthropy (PCP) and Tax exempted by Income Tax Department Government of Pakistan. HANDS has qualified the Institutional Management Program (IMCP) of USAID of management standards. HANDS is accredited with European Union. HANDS also possess membership with Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP).

HANDS International recently established its office in London, United Kingdom. HANDS international –UK is registered as Non-Profit Organization in Companies Act 2006 of England and Wales.

HANDS Disaster Management Program:  

HANDS Disaster Management Program aims to reduce, or avoid the potential losses from the hazards, assure prompt and appropriate assistance to victims or survivors of disaster, and achieve rapid and effective recovery.

HANDS has established Eight Disaster Risk Management Centers in Two Provinces i.e. Sindh and Punjab, inlcuding districts are Thatta, Sukkur, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Umerkot,  Sanghar, Matiari and Rajanpur. HANDS has its base office with well-equipped warehouse in Karachi.

HANDS Disaster Management Program responded to major disasters in Pakistan – the Badin Cyclone in 2002, the Northern areas and Kashmir Earthquake 2005, the flood emergencies of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013  in Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan; Earthquake in three districts of Balochistan in 2013, and recently in drought Emergency at Tharparkar (March 2014). HANDS Pakistan worked with integrated approach with Public sector stakeholders and communities to minimize losses, manage the vulnerabilities, provide relief, supports in recovery and then rehabilitation through contructions and provision of livelihoods. HANDS has vast experience to deal with emergency responses during the recent disaster in Pakistan.

  1. Drought in Tharparkar in March 2014:  Emergency Response was initiated within 5 hours and Relief package was provided to 6,000 families in 2 months.   
  2. Earthquake in Awaran Balochistan in October 2013: Emergency response was initiated within 8 hours & comprehensive relief package was provided in hard conditions and conflicted areas within two months to 10,000 families.
  3. Rain Emergency 2012 in Northern Sindh, South Punjab & Balochistan: Emergency response was initiated within 6 hours. Distribution of emergency relief package was provided to 27000 families within 2 months
  4. Rain Emergency 2011 in Southern Districts of Sindh: Emergency response was initiated within 8 hours in 8 districts. 29000 families were reached within 2 moths
  5. Flood Emergency 2010: Emergency response was initiated within 4 hours in northern Sindh & 36,000 families were reached within 1 month.

 Updated situation of Internally Displacement Persons from North Waziristan:  

According to the FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) more than 992,694 Individuals / peoples  (90,756) families have been registered those are displaced since the start of the operation  While the verification process is ongoing; 39,453 registered households were verified as of 15 July and 15,250 households were rejected. Registration was extended in Bannu and Peshawar until the end of 15 July for those families unable to register earlier. Registration in Kurram Agency, FATA continues.

IDPs Status:

The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has verified 49,857 of 85,065 displaced families of North Waziristan Agency, the record of which was sent to it by the Fata Disaster Management Authority.The FDMA  director general at a press conference at Peshawar Press Club on Sun-day. said that the registration process was stopped on July 15 and till that time some 49,857 families of 85,065 had been verified by NADRA.  However, he said that the total number of displaced families manually registered at various registration points was 92,702.  Of the verified families, record of 49,736 families had been sent to Zong while payment drawn by displaced families as reported by Zong was 15,031.

HANDS Emergency Response for Internally Displaced Families of NWA:

HANDS Pakistan has started its Emergency Response for affected families of North Waziristan from its own resources. HANDS haswomne medical camp got letter of collaboration from Ministry of SAFRON as well as got facilitation letter from Provincial Disaster Management Authority KP. HANDS initiated health services through conduction of Mobile Medical Camps with support of District Government Bannu, KPK Government, Health department, FDMA, SAFRON secretariat. HANDS teams has planned health education sessions on Health & Hygiene in the IDP camps at and different places  in different UCs of  District Bannu and at fixed Government BHU Chandni  Chowk.

Mobile Medical Camps update:

 Gender wise Ratio of Patients:

Total 908 patients were treated by HANDS Medical team in 10 days and most medical campof them were
children which are 47.1%, 31.7% female and 21.1% male were also given medical facilities by HANDS team.

Diseases wise Ratio of Patients:

Diarrhea is most common disease and reported 17.1%, follow by 13.5 Dysentery, 12.9% ARI and 12.7% Skin diseases

 

 

Coordination Meetings with Government and disease wise ratioNon Government Organization

Coordination Meeting with Different Government officials at Peshawar & Bannu, KP:

Coordination Meeting with PDMA KP:

HANDS Peshawar teams Conducted meeting with Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) KP  and briefed  them regarding HANDS Pakistan Emergency Response  for IDPs in Bannu KP and also shared about the HANDS future planning for continuation of HANDS  Response for IDPs.

Coordination Meeting with NGOs , INGOs and representatives of UN Agencies at KP:ratio of patient

HANDS Peshawar & Bannu teams Conducted meeting with NGOs / NHN , representatives of INGOs and representatives of UN agencies, OCHA, WFP, WHO and UNHCR working in the Province and briefed  them regarding HANDS Pakistan Emergency Response  for IDPs in KP.

HANDS Emergency Response Plan for IDPs of NWA:

Considering the previous track record and reputation of HANDS in emergency response; HANDS was called by Ministry of SAFRON and PDMA to extend the services. Considering the current situation in the area HANDS has shown the willingness with Government of Pakistan to start relief operations in affected areas through HANDS Peshawar office. HANDS has plan to provide emergency relief assistance to 25,000 families.

This program supports the provision of food, water, shelter, health care, nutrition and protection assistance to people affected by natural disasters and complex emergencies. In the current  situation in the North Waziristan, one of the FATA region, the displacement is towards the KP districts including the Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Tank and Dera Ismail Khan. The following plan is proposed includes immediate emergency relief and then extended short term plan.

HANDS is seeking for financial assistance to provide the following packages to 25,000 affected population.

(1)    Mobile Medical Camps:

HANDS Pakistan will provide medical services through it trained health care providers. Rs. 112 (£0.7) is required to provide the quality healthcare to one IDP.

(2)    WASH

HANDS has the two Water Treatment Units- WTU ready to mobilize and provide the safe drinking water to affected population. Rs. 23. Per month are required to provide the safe drinking water to one displaced person.

(3)    NFI & Hygiene kit:

Considering the hygiene and protection issues and previous experiences of HANDS; Rs. 3,265 (£20.4) are required to provide the NFIs & Hygiene kit. One solar light and one jerry can will be provided under NFI package and hygiene kit package will be comprised of towel, nail cutter, comb, sanitary cloths& dental powder.

(4)    Cash for work to produce the relief goods

Most vulnerable households will be engaged for cash for work- CfW. Beneficiaries will be engaged for production of relief goods; i.e production of Neem soap, hand wash liquid, matts, cleaning of areas &  other interventions. Affected population will be engaged for 12 working days and wages @ PKR. 300 per day will be paid. PKR 3,600 is required to engage one beneficiary to provide the temporary employment opportunities.

Cumulative Requirement =+ (Unit cost is calculated for per family):

cummulative services cost tab

 

 

 

 

 

HANDS Pakistan contacts information:

Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed, Chief Executive ‐ HANDS Pakistan

140‐C, Block‐2, PECHS, Karachi, Ph: 021‐34527698, Cell# 03008200507

Email: tanveer.ahmed@hands.org.pk , Website: www.hands.org.pk

 Dr. Muhammad Sarwat Mirza – Chief Research & Development Executive, HANDS Pakistan

HANDS Islamabad Office, Office 1, Block-5, Saidpur Market, Sector G-7/1, Islamabad

Ph: 051-2606482; Fax: 051-2606483, Cell# 0300-8297503

Email: sarwat.mirza@hands.org.pk, Website: www.hands.org.pk

 Muhammad Raheem Marri, General Manager ‐ Disaster Management Program HANDS

140‐C, Block‐2, PECHS, Karachi, Ph: 021‐34527698, Cell# 0346‐8209561

Email: raheem.marri@hands.org.pk , Website: www.hands.org.pk

Donations: HANDS Account No.003800613865-03 (Habib Bank Limited)

HANDS Zakat Account No. 003800705395-03 (Habib Bank Limited)


 

Download PDF

We and Water; A GADAP Town’s case study

Water is the basic living Component for Human life but unfortunately not only Karachi’s suburban’s  has the scarcity  of water but the  other town’s water requirement are not fulfilled. Water is the basic component for good Health and is sign of Health and Hygiene. Many of the areas of Karachi are not getting the proper water supply and have facing several associated problems due to lacking of water. People are helpless to buy the water from water Tankers which is hazardous for human Health. For highlighting this important issue and also to divert  attention of higher authorities, a Press briefing is arranged on Monday 7th July by HANDS with collaboration of Karachi Press Club and Health Journalist Association of Pakistan at Karachi Press Club, in which  awareness to media has given to play their role in addressing these challenges. On this occasion resident of Gadap Town representing thier community and highlighted their issues which they are facing in their town, while the solution they recive were also presented.

On this occasion,General Manager HANDS, Ms. Bilquis Rehman, address to the Media to take this sensitive issue seriously and highlight in masses as 70% of disease burden of Pakistan is due to water borne diseases. On this occassion, the leader of the residents of Gadap Town Yousuf Goth Mr.Ghos Baksh and Mr. Mohammad Ali inform the Media that the total Population of UC 7 is around 80,000 and Portable Water scarcity  is at peak, apart from electricity, education and povery. There is no  pipeline in many areas even, hygiene and sanitation problems are dismal. They also inform the journalists that there is only one pumping station in this UC, which were installed 15 years back to provide water to 18,000   population of that time and now  the population is around  80,000. They further added that residents of Yousuf Goth raise this problem with Water Board many times but Water Board did not have the resources to increase the water volume in the locality.

 HANDS, General Manager,Ghulam Mustafa Zaor sahred that HANDS conduct the survey in 2012 to find out  the water problems of  Yousuf Goth’s residents and we succeed to mobilized funds from Water Aid and a project has been launched. In 2012 we initiate work in Gadap town to solve the water problem of the area and with joint collaborative efforts of  the residents and Water Board we succeed to provide water to this area.

 Chief Superintendent Engineer, Water Board, Mr.Mohammad Ali Shaikh added, that in 2012, the Filter Plant is repaired  from the cooperation of HANDS and Water-Aid in Yousuf Goth from which people are now getting the facility of filtered water, he further added that from 2013 we also tried to enhance the capablity of filter plant. With the cost around 4,400 thousand, we increase the  the capability of pumping station to fulfill the demand of area but earlier we were only addressing 20% Population need. Due to increase in capacity  of pumping station the Yousuf Goth resident Mohammad Baksh says that our 60% population is now facilitated through the efforts of residents and Water Board through support of NGO HANDS and Water-Aid funding. We have been provided five supply lines so far, one Filter Plant and a Pumping Station has repaired.

This UC is creating the best example for all Karachits and even for the  country for mutual efforts of the people and City Government Department. By concluding the briefing Mr.Zainulabideen from Karachi Press Club representative and also from Health Journalist Association assured their solidarity with this cause and committed to highlight this into media to get relief to people.

 

HANDS Pakistan Emergency Response for affected families of North Waziristan

HANDS Pakistan has started its Emergency Response for affected families of North Waziristan from its own resources. HANDS has got letter of collaboration from Ministry of SAFRON. HANDS initiated health services through conduction of Mobile Medical Camps with support of District Government Bannu, KPK Government, Health department, FDMA, SAFRON secretariat and its local partner NGO Organization for Social and Economical Development (OSED). HANDS teams has planned health education sessions on Health & Hygiene in the IDP camps at Government College (Landhi Jahlandar) in District Bannu.

HANDS Pakistan contacts information:
Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed, Chief Executive ‐ HANDS Pakistan 140‐C, Block‐2, PECHS, Karachi, Ph: 021‐34527698, Cell# 03008200507
Email: tanveer.ahmed@hands.org.pk , Website: http://www.hands.org.pk

Dr. Muhammad Sarwat Mirza – Chief Research & Development Executive, HANDS Pakistan HANDS Islamabad Office, Office 1, Block-5, Saidpur Market, Sector G-7/1, Islamabad Ph: 051-2606482; Fax: 051-2606483, Cell# 0300-8297503
Email: sarwat.mirza@hands.org.pk, Website: http://www.hands.org.pk

Muhammad Raheem Marri, General Manager ‐ Disaster Management Program HANDS 140‐C, Block‐2, PECHS, Karachi, Ph: 021‐34527698, Cell# 0346‐8209561
Email: raheem.marri@hands.org.pk , Website: http://www.hands.org.pk

Donations: HANDS Account No.003800613865-03 (Habib Bank Limited) HANDS Zakat Account No. 003800705395-03 (Habib Bank Limited)

Click here to download report:

 

Aside

Responsible Parenting is key to Healthy society

Rutgers WPF, Pakistan in collaboration with HANDS and Visionary Foundation Pakistan held a Roundtable conference on responsible fatherhood. Under the theme, ‘I am a proud father – am I a responsible father too? on 26th June 2014 The participants of the round table conference included young people, fathers, politicians, government and civil society representatives and media personal.

“we are sensitized enough to talk about our growing up issues, but the distance and shyness between our parents lead us to seek information from unreliable sources” said a young girl at a roundtable conference on responsible fatherhood.

 “talking about our sexual health, puberty and other health issues to our parents is seen as sign of shamelessness and is considered outside the boundaries of respect” said a young boy at the conference.

The Karachi round table conference on responsible fatherhood was the last in a series of conferences previously held in Lahore, Islamabad and Quetta. The conference provides a platform for young people to directly address their issues in front key decision makers including fathers, media, politicians and health care providers.

 Last year Rutgers WPF, Pakistan launched an initiative “Green Ribbon Campaign: Promoting Responsible Fatherhood” across Pakistan. The campaign promotes active involvement of fathers and their responsibility for care and upbringing of children to better guide them on issues around sexual and reproductive health and rights said said Mr. QadeerBaig – Country Representative, Rutgers WPF.

Through responsible fatherhood workshops, the Green Ribbon Campaign aims to engage fathers tat community levels to bring an end to child marriages, domestic violence and create and enabling environment for young people to access youth friendly health services.

“by transforming rigid perception of our society where men are generally expected to be only providers and breadwinners while women and girls are generally expected to give care for children and be chiefly responsible for reproductive aspects of family life.” said Mr. Baig.

The round table conference aims to provide a platform to instigate discourse issues of the youth, and the role of Fathers towards their Children’s education and health.It also enables stakeholders to identity gaps between the young people needs and health care services available. The dialogue highlighted the issues that adolescents face related to their emotional, mental and physical health and the lack of right information and the risks associated with unreliable information sources.

Various literature on Youth Friendly Services by International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF) and World Health Organization (WHO) guides lay stress on the need to involve community members especially parents in such interventions.  Dr. YasmeenQaizi senior country advisor Packard Foundation spoke about the culture of silence that needs to be broken to bridge communication gap between fathers and young people. Absence of social support system leaves young people with questions but not access to .Lack of training of doctors to talk to young and unmarried people which results in more people going to quacks. She commended the reverse education program by Rutgers WPF as a good way to facilitate with parents.

 Skip Waskinhighltied USAID supported Sindh Basic Education program with an allocation of 135 Million USD. He stressed on the importance of working with men and fathers in communities to promote girl education. It is also important to engage communities in managing and safeguarding schools to promote ownership and sustainability. Senator Karim Khwaja guarded against growing conservatism and fundamentalism in Pakistans youth and pointed towards the need for promoting education systems that provide a basic necessities along with formal education to address needs of poor communities. He promised support on legislation around sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people and emphasized the need for promoting youth friendly services.  The Green Ribbon Campaign aims to promote responsive and care giving fathers for prevention of child marriages, domestic violence and to create an enabling environment for the youth to access youth friendly health services.

http://www.mehrantimes.com/responsible-parenting-is-key-to-healthy-society/

http://www.karachiupdates.com/taleem/28040-senator-karim-khawaja.html

 

Aside

World Food Program-Blanket Supplement Feeding Program

Cooperating Partner:

HEALTH AND NUTRITION DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY (HANDS)

Province/District:

Sindh, Pakistan.

Tharparkar desert in Sindh is the largest desert of Pakistan and the eighteenth largest in the world with an area of 22,000 square kilometers. The population of Tharparkar is approximately 1299735. Tharparkar has six talukas, with 2,365 villages spread across the largest desert.

The provincial government usually declares a state of drought in Thar by September or October when there is low rainfall during and after the monsoon season. However, with moderate to low rainfall occurring until late September last year, the government pushed the announcement forward and provision of relief was thus delayed.

Media reported more than 150 deaths in Tharparkar in first quarter of 2014 and according to PDMA Sindh & NDMA, it was unclear whether the children died from a shortage of food or medical problems, but the region is experiencing lower-than-average rainfall in last three years.

The National Nutrition Survey 2011 reveals more than 70 per cent population in Sindh are facing food insecurity with Thar at the highest ratio because people of this region are poor and constantly migrate to other areas in search of food, water and fodder.

HANDS Pakistan is continuously working in response to drought affected district at Tharparkar for relief and to improve situations of the deprived district. Although HANDS is mobilization resources for the much possible support of the people and is active through conduction of Mobile Medical Camps with support of District Government Health department and also providing CMAM services with support from UNICEF and World Food Programme in two Talukas Mithi including new tehsil Islamkot and Diplo of District Tharparkar as well as distribution of ration/ food bags in affected villages through philanthropist.

As per situation of Tharparkar, Taluka priorities set by the teams and in Mithi, Islamkot & Diplo already covered by HANDS with WFP & UNICEF while remaining area of tehsil Chachro and Dahli are more prone to food insecurity than Nagarparkar tehsil.

After that WFP & HANDS met and decided to blanket coverage of tehsil Chachro and Dahli with Wheat Soya Blend (WSB) to all 6-23m children as well as pregnant women and lactating women having child less than 6months.

WFP signed MoU with HANDS to Blanket supplementary food distribution of 218.67 metric tonnages.

At the end of BSFP activity in which 218.67 metric tonnages WSB distributed in 26562 pregnant and lactating women as well as 34344 children.

During the distribution, awareness raising sessions organized for beneficiaries about the health and hygiene as well as how to use WSB.

There are some fields experiences present that also shareable as the timeline given is very less and the area and distance from the ware house to distribution is very long.

 

Activity Report

Recent failure of rains and Livestock epidemics has deteriorated the nutritional status of the community badly affecting Children and PLWs.

To address the issue nutrition interventions are mostly considered for vulnerable groups to provide accurate energy gaps.To prevent further nutritional deterioration and related mortality in vulnerable populations and high risk groups “Blanket Supplementary feeding Programme” is the first to be started before setting up CMAM in Taluka Chachro and Dahli.

The population who targeted was “Children 6-23 months of age” and “Pregnant & Lactating Women” by providing specialized nutritious food to all individuals in the target group.

What quantity of WSB Provided:

  • PLWs                                       05Kgs WSB
  • Children 6-23 months              2.5Kgs WSB
  • Orientation of hired staff at earliest.

 

After hiring team by HANDS, BSFP team orientation planned and training organized by HANDS & WFP at Mithi. All team oriented about the procedures of distribution and awareness raising session conduction about the health and hygiene.

Team moved to Chachro and where warehouse and sub office established for the distribution of 218.67 metric ton WSB in tehsil Chachro and Dahli. At Chachro team made a plan of distribution and shared with WFP team.

There are total 15teams that initiated work from Chachro tehsil and day by day moved to further areas and covered one UC with 100% coverage. Before moving in field UC mapping done with the local drivers and vaccinators by program manager daily that also shared with WFP regularly. Daily distribution reports and next day plan also shared.

During the distribution BSFP team done and recorded MUAC screening of all pregnant and lactating women as well as children.

Continuous monitoring remained at the field by WFP teams and during those technical inputs about the activity given to the field teams as well as management given. Mr. Tahir WFP office Islamabad also visited the distribution sites and distribution process and they really appreciated the work of HANDS teams in this emergency situation.

 

HANDS BSFP team completed the WFP-Blanket Supplement Feeding Program (WFP-BSFP) in Taluka Chachro and Taluka Dahli within given time. Team achieved the huge target of 218.67 Metric Tonnage of Wheat Soya Blend (WSB) to all 6-23m children as well as pregnant women and lactating women having child less than 6m after screening them.

In this program 15 union council of tehsil Dahli and Chachro were covered, in which 26562 pregnant and lactating women as well as 34344 children were reached.

Blanket supplementary feeding program started from 15th April 2014 and distribution completed on 26th April 2014

 

Learning’s & challenges

  • Huge Distances from the ware house to distribution points that’s why needed more time in providing commodities at peripheries for distribution. If commodities may reach at Kheensar Taluka headquarter of Dahli that may lead
  • Limited short time but the team done within time limit.
  • In some villages due to religious influences, population can’t receive WSB as they refused to get due to USA flag printed on it.

ImageImageImageImageImageImage

Image

HANDS NEWS BULLETIN (January-March, 2014)

HANDS NEWS BULLETIN  (January-March, 2014)

HANDS was founded by Prof. A. G. Billoo (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) in 1979. HANDS has evolved in 34 years as one of the largest Non Profit Organization of the country with integrated development model. HANDS Pakistan has a network of 30 offices across the country and has access to more than 16.2 million population of nearly 20,274 villages / settlements in 34 districts of Pakistan. HANDS strength is 18 volunteers Board Members, 12 Districts Patrons, more than 1500 full time staff and nearly one million community based volunteers of 5205 medium and small size organizations.

HANDS Pakistan is registered under societies act, is certified by Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP) and tax exempted by Income tax department of government of Pakistan. HANDS has qualified the Institutional Management Certification Program (IMCP) of USAID for management standards. HANDS is accredited with European Union. HANDS also possesses membership with Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP).

HANDS International recently established its office in London, United Kingdom. HANDS International – UK is registered as non government organization in companies act 2006 of England and Wales.

 

HANDS News Bulletin (Jan-March 2014)

Aside

Shumaila – A short story about voluntarism of a resident of Ibrahim Hyderi

 

Image

Shumaila is a volunteer from her area who successfully completed her Intermediate. Perhaps education was the only reason that she cared a lot about mentally retarded patients. One day she came across HANDS team and join HANDS as volunteer with the zest to serve humanity to work on mental retardation awareness campaign which was funded by Basic Needs and started with the collaboration of Awaz News Network under this campaign HANDS organized four (4) awareness programs, three (3) medical camps, and trained five hundred (500) volunteer on initial survey finding HANDS found 200 people are suffering from mental illness who were helped with medical assistance and caring. Shumaila was one of the active students who participated in all events and still taking part in every activity to serve humanity.

HANDS Pakistan Response update from Tharparkar Update Report – 04/04/2014

Introduction of HANDS Pakistan:
HANDS was founded by Prof.A.G.Billoo (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) in 1979.HANDS has evolved in 34 years as one of the largest Non-Profit Organization of the country with integrated development model. HANDS has a network of 30 offices across the country and has access to more than 16.2 million population nearly 20,274 villages/ settlement in 34 districts of Pakistan. HANDS strength is 18 volunteers Board Members, more than 1502 full time staff and nearly one million community based volunteers of 5205 medium and small size organizations.
HANDS Pakistan is registered under Societies Act, is certified by Pakistan Center of Philanthropy (PCP) and Tax exempted by Income Tax Department Government of Pakistan. HANDS has qualified the Institutional Management Program (IMCP) of USAID of management standards. HANDS is accredited with European Union. HANDS also possess membership with Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP).
HANDS International recently established its office in London, United Kingdom. HANDS international –UK is registered as Non-Profit Organization in Companies Act 2006 of England and Wales.

HANDS Disaster Management Program:
HANDS Disaster Management Program aims to reduce, or avoid the potential losses from the hazards, assure propmt and appropriate assistance to victims of disaster, and achieve rapid and affactive recovery. Appropriate actions at all points lead the greater prepardness, better warnings, reduced valunaribility or the prevention of disasters.
HANDS has established two Disaster Risk Management Centers in Sindh Province i.e. for northern Sindh in Sukkur and for Southern Sindh at Thatta to ensure and accelerate its integrated operations and relief and rehabilitative activities whereas 08 more Disaster Risk Management Centers are under construction process in Districts Jacobabad, Kashmore, Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Umerkot Sanghar ,Matiari and Badin. HANDS has its base office with well-equipped warehouse in Karachi.
HANDS Disaster Management Program responded to major disasters in Pakistan – the Badin Cyclone, the Kashmir Earthquake 2005, the flood emergencies of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 in Sindh and Earthquake in Balochistan and now in drought Emergency, 2014 at Tharparkar. HANDS Pakistan with integrated approach worked tirelessly with communities to minimize losses, end displacement, and rebuild villages & livelihoods.

HANDS Emergency Response in Tharparkar Drought:
HANDS Pakistan is continuously working in Response to Drought affected district at Tharparkar for relief and to improve situations of the deprived district. Although HANDS is mobilization resources for the much possible support of the people but at the time HANDS is active through conduction of Mobile Medical Camps with support of District Government Health department and also providing CMAM services with support from UNICEF in two Talukas Mithi (including Islamkot) and Diplo of District Tharparkar.

 pic 1

Following are the updates of the activities

Mobile Medical Camps update till 3rd April 2014

table 1 copy

CMAM Project
20 Community Bases Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) teams with essential medicines are visiting the villages and screening children of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) and complicated malnutrition cases & Pregnant and Lactating women (PLWs) at the door step of communities. The Sevier Complicated Malnourished (SC) Children/ patients are referred to District Head Quarter Hospital to admit in stabilization centre. The HANDS CMAM teams are mobilizing parents to admit referral site as well as providing transport and food support to parents during their stay with patient in stabilization centre. HANDS CMAM team also providing supplements and de-worming to malnourished children and PLW’s.

Following are the current updates:

table 2

HANDS Pakistan contacts information:
Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed, Chief Executive ‐ HANDS Pakistan
140‐C, Block‐2, PECHS, Karachi, Ph: 021‐34527698, Cell# 03008200507
Email: tanveer.ahmed@hands.org.pk , Website: http://www.hands.org.pk
Muhammad Raheem Marri, General Manager ‐ Disaster Management Program HANDS
140‐C, Block‐2, PECHS, Karachi, Ph: 021‐34527698, Cell# 0346‐8209561
Email: raheem.marri@hands.org.pk , Website: http://www.hands.org.pk
Donations: HANDS Account No.003800613865-03 (Habib Bank Limited)
HANDS Zakat Account No. 003800705395-03 (Habib Bank Limited)
Dr. Satram Roopani District Executive Manager, HANDS Drought Relief Emergency Response center
HANDS District office Tharparkar, near Fakir Sher Muhammad Bilalani House behind Nadra office Kanji Colony Mithi Tharparkar
Ph: 0232261898, Cell# 0346‐8225621 Email: satram.roopani@hands.org.pk

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 62,268 other followers