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.

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Following are the updates of the activities

Mobile Medical Camps update till 3rd April 2014

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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:

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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

HANDS Pakistan Response update from Tharparkar (Update 02/04/2014)

Introduction:

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, Shikarpur, 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 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.

tharparkar disaster campFollowing are the updates of the activities

Mobile Medical Camps update till 1st April 2014

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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

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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

1st Situation Analysis Survey – Tharparkar March – 2014 Conducted by HANDS & Technically Facilitated by UN-OCHA

The humanitarian community continues to complement the relief response of the Government of Sindh in Tharparkar district following drought calamity. Untimely and low rainfall have caused crop failure, coupled with outbreak of sheep pox epidemic in small livestock may be strongly associated with high number of child deaths in recent months. To understand the link, it is important to understand the socio-economic makeup of Thari society. Almost half of the population of Tharparkar is non-Muslim, poor and with minimal access to social services including healthcare. Households do not have financial liquidity in the regular sense of our understanding. If a family requires cash for essential commodities or services, they take one of their animals to the nearest market and trade-in or sell, to fulfil their requirements. In Thari society there is no culture of cash savings. They have all their investment in their livestock, which makes households vulnerable to adverse events. The current sheep pox epidemic is wiping out their livestock and ability to survive. It can be expected that life in Tharparkar will become more difficult in coming days and month.

The Government has not requested international support. Humanitarian partners are informally providing localized assistance to complement Government’s response and to bridge gaps in assistance.

 This document provides findings of a rapid assessment based on interviews with key informants (KIs) conducted by HANDS, from 11-14 March 2014, across 322 villages in  Tharparkar districts. It also provides a summary of humanitarian response in early days in affected areas.

 Findings of the rapid assessment indicate the recent drought have affected at least 306,686 people and 303,902 livestock died due to different diseases. The coordinated assessment by humanitarian partners collected data through 637 (male & female) key informant interviews.

The Sindh Provincial Disaster Management Authority reports 259,947 families are affected. Half the population of Tharparkar is non-Muslim, poor and with minimal access to social services including healthcare.

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International Women’s Day

HANDS believes in providing women a self-reliant life through roof over their heads, suitable vocations, formation of women CBOs in almost 20 districts of Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan and an overall dignified life for them. On International Women Day, 8th March, 2014, HANDS best practice models for women empowerment were projected at a number of forums.

 Dr. Shaikh Tanveer, Chief Executive, HANDS, was invited as Guest of Honour at a joint venture celebration of all NGOs at Arts Council, along with Ms. Anees Haroon, Former Chairperson National Commission on the Status of Women and Ms. Majida rizvi, first woman High Court judge in Pakistan. HANDS Marvi Health Worker presented her case study as a socially aware woman who can utilize the provided resources and lead a sustainable life.

 HANDS Karachi Urban in collaboration with Aman Foundation organized an event “Peaceful women for a healthy nation” under MHD project. Dr. Seema Zia, MPA Sindh Assembly, Pakistan Tahreek Insaaf, Ms. Siraj Nissa Essani, Board Member HANDS, and Dr. Sadia Rizvi, Director, Mental Health Initiative Aman Foundation, were among the chief guests.

 Women speakers from fields of education, governance, sports and social work, shared their views and projected women empowerment and recognition at the forum.

HANDS MHD intervention, project achievements, documentary of women’s struggle for development, role plays by City school students and empowerment case study by MARVI worker highlighted the seminar proceedings. More than 210 participants and 15 guests participated in this seminar.

 ImageImageImageSimilarly, HANDS Matiari also added colours to the day by organizing a cultural exhibition of HANDS projects and performances in collaboration with District Social */Welfare Department.

Tharparkar Emergency Relief

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In response to the drought-hit deaths of more than 121 children in Tharparkar, HANDS Pakistan has declared a state of emergency with provision of Rs. 50 million financial aid. HANDS Advocacy team has also appealed the affluent civil society to come forward in supporting the disaster victims of Tharparkar, while protesting the weakness of resource management in the area at government level.

In coordination of supplies from UNICEF, HANDS’ Disaster Management staff has initiated its services by deploying 200 health facilitators in more than 400 villages, with 200,000 people, of Taluka Mithi and Taluka Diplo. HANDS Drought Relief Emergency Response Center has been established at HANDS District Office, Mithi, Tharparkar, for emergency response in any affected area.

The community is initially being screened for cases of Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) and Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) complications to be referred to Nutrition Stabilization Centre at District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ), Mithi.

According to GM, Disaster Management, HANDS, “Fortunately, the recent formation of HANDS’ nutrition management teams helped in implementing an immediate vertical action plan in response to the famine emergency killing over hundred children. Our facility based nutritional management approach, static and mobile teams will be providing adequate nutritional care and treatment to children less than 05 years of age with SAM and MAM, pregnant and lactating women with acute malnutrition. Also, micronutrient deficiencies would be overcome through provision of micronutrients, vitamin and de-worming.”

Apart from supervising provinces/districts, HANDS Disaster Management is in coordination with PDMA, Relief Department, Government of Sindh, NGOS, INGOs and funding partners.

International Women’s Day 2014

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A challenge to the much celebrated notion of women empowerment still remains in the provision of basic ownership rights, a sheltered roof, health and education. In Pakistan, the notion of women empowerment can become a thronging reality only when the great challenge gathered up against the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance is channelized. The status quo in Pakistan sets rigid limits on women’s ownership of productive resources and rights to inherit property.

In terms of integrated development, HANDS has effectively mapped rural Pakistan, mostly Sindh, providing women autonomy over land ownership through its Shelter program, supported by Department for International Development (UKAID), Medico International (MI) and several indigenous philanthropists. In this regards HANDS is striving since long for empowering women but in relief intervention this opportunity get doubled through which more than 0.1 million shelters were been handed over to flood victims in Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan in which female headed households have been given major priority in shelter provision. A large number of women now owned their own houses.

The development model particularly addresses livelihood enhancement of people in which women are given more priority. The target areas of rural Pakistan are generally bound by land values, inheritance traditions, ethnic backgrounds; and a mix of micro, small, and large landholdings. Through intervention, HANDS has been able to overcome the bureaucratic roadblocks and medieval record keeping which makes the documentations inaccessible to women in these areas. The authentic and transparent provision of land documentation, social protection documents, building of resilient shelters along with the provision of livelihood opportunities has raised these women to support their families in a protected environment.

Imamzaadi, Karimaan, and Haseena are among many women who are leading a self-reliant life. The roof over their heads has enabled them to raise their families with respect and dignity. They are no more required to engage in vocations unsuited to females. HANDS has also formed 2482 and women CBOs out of a total 5205 in almost 20 districts of Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan. 

The best practice models deployed by HANDS include service, training and delivery, where after a diligent need assessment, women have been made socially aware to utilize the material resources and initiate their livelihoods on a continuous basis.

Water Conference 2013

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Water Cooperation in Action

From the Global to grass roots

December 4 and 5 – 2013 Sheraton Hotel, Karachi, Pakistan

With the the theme of Water Cooperation – from the Global to the Grassroots HANDS participated in Hisaar Foundation annual conference 2013 on water issues, Bilquis Rehman GM ICR&A & Ms. Rubina Jaffery GM MER HANDS presented their presentation on Research and advocacy strategy of HANDS project on Water & Sanitation Hygiene Health (WASH) in a plenary session which is chaired by Dr. Tanveer – C.E HANDS, and Co chaired by Dr. Sabtiri Kumari Tripathi, Asst. Professor, Nepal. The conference reflects the theme of the 2013 UN International Year of Water Cooperation, which recognizes that cooperation, is essential to strike a balance between different needs and uses of water, sharing of water resources equitably, and using water as an instrument of peace. HANDS stall was also visited by national and international participants on the occasion. HANDS also sponsored and partner in this conference.

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KARACHI: Pupils School of Yousuf Goth located at Gadap town initiated a campaign regarding health and hygiene specially for the importance of toilet cleanness and to mobilize and increase awareness in neighborhood in order to observe World Toilet Day in Pakistan HANDS with the collaboration of its partner WaterAid in Pakistan celebrated World Toilet Day and organized a walk for the cause at school of Yousuf Goth located at Gadap town in Karachi walk was attended by school pupils, teachers and community members and who spoke about the importance of cleanness in toilet later HANDS representatives Shoaib Jagirani and Shahnaz Shahid advocated about the importance of toilet in their school, houses and locality moreover HANDS manager advocacy Abdul Raheem Moosavi stated that, “Pakistan is among 10 worst countries whose citizens does not have proper access to clean water and proper toilets”.

 

The World Toilet Day (WTD) was observed across the world on 19 November 2013. In the world about a third of the world’s people don’t have an access to a decent toilet. According to the United Nations about 2.5 billion people do not have an access to adequate sanitation and about 1 billion people practice open defecation, which contributes many diseases. Each year, more than 800000 children under 5 die from diarrhea, many due to poor sanitation.

 

Nineteen (19) countries  around the globe observe United Nations World Toilet Day in order to mark the importance of toilets and sanitation; since more than 48 million Pakistanis are suffering from contaminated water and non availability of toilets as per United Nations 2.5 billion people – around one in three of the world’s population – don’t have a safe, clean, private toilet.Image

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