German Research team (Ms. Martina & Mr. Benjiman) came for research on disability because of Cousin Marriages in Pakistan. HANDS team give brief presentation about work and services provide to users at HANDS Independent Living Center Karachi. She appreciated HANDS work.
HANDS has a vision of Healthy society, in this regard HANDS Health team celebrated the World Health day on 7th April 2018. Theme for the day was #HealthforAll, our field staff conducted large community sessions and relies in different villages under MISALI and other projects to aware people about their health and to change behavior.
The Project “Facilitating ECP for the training of electoral staff” is running successfully by HANDS Livelihood Enhancement Program, in collaboration with DAI Tabeer and Election commission of Pakistan. BHC (British High Commission) majorly funds the project. HANDS has been allotted two divisions Hyderabad and SBA, which comprises of 12 districts, 09 from Hyderabad division and 03 from SBA division. Our prime responsibility is to facilitate the training participants in terms of providing meals and refreshment at the best quality, HANDS was also responsible for the boarding and lodging of the participants and trainers .The projects involves a series of training and sessions for electoral staff of ECP that includes POs, APO, ROs, PrOs and Sr. APOs.
The orientation sessions were conducted for POs and APOs (half day), similarly 03 day and 02-day trainings were carried out for ROs, PrOs, and SrAPOs respectively. The project was initiated on 1 April 2018 and will continue till 31stAugust, 2018. During the project duration of 05 months, approximately 1194 orientation sessions were planned out of which 473 were of POs and 721 were of APOs. These sessions were to be conducted from 23 April to 12 May, 2018. But HANDS has conducted total 1303 orientation sessions.
Secondly, the 03-day trainings were carried out of ROs in three phases at Indus Hotel, Hyderabad simultaneously for both divisions, Hyderabad and SBA. The training was held from 21st May to 31st May, 2018. The final training packages for PrOs and Sr. APOs according to the dates announced by the ECP were to be carried out from 25th June to 15th July, 2018. According to the District, election commissioner’s total 590 trainings were to be conducted from which 200 are supposed to conducted in SBA and 390 will be conducted at Hyderabad division. Name of the 12 districts are stated below:
- Tando Muhammed Khan
- Tando Allahyar
Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. This most serious form of heat injury, heatstroke, can occur if your body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher. The condition is most common in the summer months.
Heatstroke requires emergency treatment. Untreated heatstroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage worsens the longer treatment is delayed, increasing your risk of serious complications or death.
Heatstroke signs and symptoms include:
High body temperature. A core body temperature of 104 F (40 C) or higher, obtained with a rectal thermometer, is the main sign of heatstroke.
Altered mental state or behavior. Confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures and coma can all result from heatstroke.
Alteration in sweating. In heatstroke brought on by hot weather, your skin will feel hot and dry to the touch. However, in heatstroke brought on by strenuous exercise, your skin may feel dry or slightly moist.
Nausea and vomiting. You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit.
Flushed skin. Your skin may turn red as your body temperature increases.
Rapid breathing. Your breathing may become rapid and shallow.
Racing heart rate. Your pulse may significantly increase because heat stress places a tremendous burden on your heart to help cool your body.
Headache. Your head may throb.
HANDS has been working in rural remote non – LHW areas with the Marvi workers model for improving the nutritional status of under 5 year children, Pregnant and lactating women. The Marvi worker under the supervision of LHV conducts screening of malnourished children and provides services to identify malnourished including provision of supplements and counselling. Under this initiative the communities are mobilized to adopt healthy behaviors and prevent malnutrition focusing the under 5 years children
Speakers at a conference on sanitation in Sindh on Thursday called for including strategies to provide safe drinking water, improving the existing sewerage system and provision of resources to the cities of the province in the Sindh government’s list of main priorities.
The first Sindh Conference on Sanitation was organised by the Sindh local government ministry in collaboration with USAID, HANDS and WASH sector partners at a local hotel.
The speakers at the conference urged that global agreements on water and sanitation system should be followed.
Oghale Oddo, USAID deputy mission director Sindh and Balochistan, said there was a dire need to work on sanitation in Sindh to improve the existing conditions.
He said sanitation problem should be removed with the collaboration of local communities.
Appreciating the HANDS’ effort, he said it reflected the future would be better.
Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro said the Sindh government had realised that millions of people had no access to safe water and sanitation facilities.
He said the Sindh government had taken up the issue as a challenge with the resolve to improve the sanitary conditions across Sindh.
Murtaza Baloch, special assistant to the chief minister on katchi abadis, said because of certain legal complications water and sanitation facilities had become a big problem.
However, he added the issue would be resolved soon with special focus on katchi abadis.
Fahim Junejo of the local government ministry said almost one-fifth (20.2 per cent) of the population of Sindh still defecated in open.
He said some 47.7pc of the rural population of Sindh had been provided with sanitation facilities. He said only 54pc of people in the rural areas wash their hands with soap before meals.
- Awareness and orientation session for Doctors of Gadap Town Health facilities was organized by HANDS PPP project team. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Ganatra a renowned plastic surgeon conducted the session on “Cleft lip and palate —significance of management” on September 09, 2017 at SHG Murad Memon Goth.
- HANDS with the collaboration of Jhpiego and AIPH imparted training on PCPNC, MCPC and Family Planning to the first batch of HCPs.
- HANDS PPP team organized 3 medical camps in Malir district for creating awareness and provision of medical services related to “Chikungunya and other common viral diseases”. Camps were organized in affected villages Jam Goth, Saleh M. Goth and Kohi Goth, where total 2067 clients got treatment and medical advices.
- TB Camp was held at RHC Rehri. 357 clients were screened and got medical advices.
- Monthly Hepatitis screening camps were held at Dumba Goth, RHC Rehri and at SGD Jam Goth.
- NICU services initiated at MCH Murad Memon Goth which is functioning 24/7.
- Awareness session arranged at SGH Murad Memon Goth on Suicide Prevention in collaboration with Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning in September 2017.
HANDS has established 3 ECE classes in 3 Govt schools of Gadap and New Naziamabad towns where 650 students are enrolled. Recently HANDS distributed students learning bags including full accessories of books, copies and stationery items. Students port folios also being maintained by class teachers which include student’s activities papers.
After this intervention number of enrollment has increased especially who left school due to different reasons. Out of school children are re-enroll to continue their academic education right.