Need Assessment Survey to Establish Permanent Transit Post at Friendship Gate at Pak Afghan Border, Chaman Balochistan

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As per request of Polio Emergency Operation Center (EOC) Balochistan, a diagnostic survey was conducted to assess the need of establishment of a special kind of Permanent Transit Post to cover transit children travelling between Pakistan and Afghanistan  through Friendship Gate at Chaman.

Accompanied with Dr.Sultan Khan, District Health Officer Killa Abdullah/ Chaman and Dr. Nasir Kakar, N STOP officer visited the site.

Had a meeting with Colonel Owais who is in charge of the area. He gave detail of travellers and requirement of PTP at the area. He said at least 400 children getting polio vaccination every day. Also visited the site where the new PTP is proposed.

The Chaman border is not a simple crossing through the border gates. There are separate lanes for travelling people along the high way. These lanes are more than a kilometer long and fenced from both sides. During morning and evening timings there is huge rush of transit people and a team of 28 vaccinators administrating polio drops to children under five passing through these lanes.

Our PTP (Container) is placed at very appropriate place ie; along the lanes to cater the need. However it needs major repair and paint. The EOC requested to establish a special PTP having 2 rooms and verandah to cover children during harsh hot days of summer and during severe winter. These rooms will also serve purpose of monthly cross border meetings with Afghan polio officials. Therefore the site selected for the establishment for the  new PTP.

Colonel Owais also suggested that there is need to place polio kiosks at Exit and Entry points to ensure polio vaccination to all children passing through the gates.

At the end, all assessment was shared with the Zonal Coordinator Balochistan Dr. Hanif Khilji. It was decided to de brief EOC Balochistan accordingly about our findings tomorrow for future strategy.


Asher Ali

Project Manager

Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee

Rotary International

Cell: 03002178435

E-Monitoring Through Cellphone, Cell Phones Distribution Ceremony Nowshera, KPK, November 5th-6th, 2015

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An E-monitoring Cellphone project was launched in Nowshera in June 2015 with the aim to provide 100 LHWs training in e monitoring through cell phones. The objective of the project is to provide first hand information regarding routine immunization and mother & child health care to District Polio Control Room (DPCR) and polio partners.

The first phase of training of 54 Lady Health workers was completed in July, 2015 and on the basis of number reporting cases of LHWs during the months of August- October another batch of 46 LHWs was provided training from 5-6 November 2015 in e monitoring through cell phones.

At the end of the training, a Cell phone Distribution Ceremony was held. CDG Rauf Rohaila chaired the ceremony. Chief operating Officer, Youth Catalyst (implementing partner), Asher Ali Project Manager and team of the Resource Center attended the event.

Asher Ali gave a brief description of the project and its objectives to the trainees. Tayyaba Gul explained the progress made by the first batch of LHWs and encouraged LHWs for more reporting through their cell phones.

She admired their efforts and constant reporting of MNCH and EPI data right from the field under e-Monitoring through Cellphone project in district Nowshera.

“I always appreciate the hard work, devotion and commitment of Lady Health Workers, who’ve been playing a vital role on the frontline to eradicate Polio from our country” said by CDG. Rauf Rohaila. Quoting examples of other countries and recent global polio updates he also recognized the dedication of Resource Center team for successfully running both Pakistan Rotary Polio Resource Center and e-Monitoring through Cellphone projects in district Nowshera.

At the end CDG Rauf Rohaila, COO, Tayyaba Gul and Project Manager Asher Ali distributed Cell phones among 46 LHWs. He appreciated the role of LHWs in the project and said the LHWs are setting example to initiate monitoring of activities in most innovative way to open new avenues to get timely information which helps to plan future activities by the service providers.

The event ended up with a vote of thanks by Rtn. Tayyaba Gul to the guests and participants.

Asher Ali

Project Manager

Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee

Rotary International

Cell: 03002178435

Meeting with Chief Minister KPK Pervaiz Khattak at CM House in Peshawar

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The National Chair Aziz Memon called upon the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khattak. The meeting was attended by the KPK Health Minister Sharam Khan Tarakai,  Akbar Khan EOC  Coordinator (Emergency Operation Center), KPK, Technical Consultant EOC, Dr Shahzad Khan, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister KPK and Asher Ali, Project Manager PNPPC.


1) Out of 29 polio cases in Pakistan – 13 are from KPK. 

It was discussed that Peshawar/Bunnu and Tank are the only reservoirs in Pakistan, and emphasis to stop polio transmission must be given special attention, as we have succeeded in bringing the National count down by almost 80% from last year.

2) 60,000 missed children reported in Peshawar, KPK. 

Vigilant surveillance and strict planning during the September NIDs will be done to ensure no child is missed, and all refusals are covered. Special attention to monitor transit points will be made during the National Campaign said Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak.

3) Provincial Polio Task Force Meeting should be held once a quarter: Chief Minister assured that this will be done.

The National Chair said a ‘dire need to focus on high risk areas and migratory population in Peshawar is needed to control the viral transmission. He said, as per NEAPs recommendations, Provincial Task Force Meeting should be held in all provinces on quarterly basis.  The Chief Minister conceded and issued instructions to the EOC Coordinator to arrange the Provincial Task Force Meetings quarterly. He also added that District Polio Control Rooms (DPCR) are very important especially at this stage when we are ready to eradicate polio.

In Peshawar the DPCR is still not operative. EOC Coordinator Akbar Khan said that “the building in which DPCR is located needs a lot of repair to revamp this big building.” The Chief Minister instructed to hire new premises on rent for DPCR Peshawar for the time this building is repaired. DPRC Peshawar work is being done with financial assistance of BMGF. As far as other DPCRs at Bannu, Tank, Lakki Marwat, and D.I Khan are concerned, Chief Minister requested Rotary to provide some equipment to increase their efficiency. A proposal will be sent to us for consideration.

4) Health Minister should designate Focal Person for polio.

National Chair said ‘a need to designate a Focal Person on Polio’ to which the Health Minister Shahram Khan remarked on the Focal Person saying ‘it would be duplication of officials. He suggested that EOC will work as coordinating body between Ministry and Health department.’

5) Peshawar, Tank, Bannu need special attention as they are Super High Risk districts.

The Chief Minister said the KPK Government is closely working with the Pakistan Army and get support where needed to cover security compromised areas and high risk areas such as Peshawar, Bannu and Tank.  He said that the biggest challenge is ‘migration of population’ from Khyber agency and Afghanistan. He said there are no set routes therefore it is harder to cover transit population coming in areas. NPPC Chair said we will have to check the migrating population and without this we will not be able to stop transmission.

6) Best Deputy Commissioners be given Super High Risk Districts.

The National Chair pointed out posting of best Deputy Commissioners in high risk districts of Bannu, Tank and Peshawar. The Chief Minister said competent Deputy Commissioners have been assigned to these high risk districts. He said their performance will be monitored and if needed they will told to give special importance to polio eradication. 

7) Re-launching of “Sehat Ka Ittehad” campaign.

Chief Minister agreed that Sehat Ka Ittehad will be replicated after three months but with different name.

8) NIDs should be for 3 days and 4th day for “Catch up” round and not for 5 days.

The KPK Chief Minister agreed and said they have reverted to a three day campaign and leave the 4th day for catch up round, as compared to a 5 days campaign.

9) Focus should be on covering ‘Missed Children’ in KPK instead of concentrating on importation from FATA and Afghanistan.

NPPC Chair said that missed children and transient population should be the main concern of the Government of KPK, and they should be concentrating mainly in these two areas rather than highlighting “importation” from FATA”. Chief Minister agreed and EOC Coordinator made a note of this.

The National Chair said to improve the immunity in children we must increase level of Routine Immunization. This is the only way out. He said that Rotary is providing 04 refurbished containers to KPK to cover transit population. He added that 1200 vaccine carriers have been provided last month to the KPK EOC on urgent basis.

10) Polio Vaccinators rate be agreed and outstanding payments to polio teams must be paid.

The Health Minister said that Lady Health Workers are a vital part of anti polio campaign. They are paid partially by Federal Government. As Federal Govt funds take time to be released   Provincial Government is making Arrangement Bridge financing to take care of their salaries of LHWs.  Government of KPK  has agreed to pay Rs.500/ day  to polio workers. As far as security situation is concerned he said, ‘there are some areas where security conditions are alarming, but these areas are being tackled through local influential through jirga and community meetings.’

 11) Focus on Transit Population between Khyber Agency and Peshawar.

The Government is making special effort to target migrant population and transient families between Khyber Agency and Peshawar. 

12) Additional security needed for polio teams in high risk areas during Sept. 14-17 NIDS.

The army is on board for security measures in all high risk areas and for security compromised areas during the September campaigns. Chief Minister assured proper security will be provided during NIDs of September 2105. On request of NPPC Chair Chief Minister agreed to inaugurate these NIDs.. 

The meeting continued for more than an hour. At the end of the day the Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of Rotary and showed his confidence to eradicate polio from the country with the active collaboration of polio partners. Chief Minister said they will do everything possible and help polio eradication from KPK.


Report by:

Asher Ali

Project Manager

Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee

Rotary International