Rotary Delegate Meets with Emergency Operation Center (EOC) KPK team at Peshawar on 12 February 2016

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A meeting was held with EOC Khyberpakhtunkhawa at Peshawar today ie; 12 February 2016. Akbar Khan EOC Coordinator welcomed the Rotary delegation comprised of National Chair Aziz Memon, CDG Rauf Rohaila and Asher Ali Project Manager PNPPC. The meeting was attended by Dr. Imtiiaz Shah, BMGF, UNICEF and WHO representatives and the team of EOC KPK.

Akber Khan gave brief presentation of their efforts in the province especially for HR UCs. He said for more intensified coverage, Peshawar city and the areas at boundaries with Khyber agency (FATA)

​A teams of ComNet and EOC officials have been formed for close interventions and wider coverage  to leave no gaps. He added, Deputy Commissioners are vigilant and supporting actively in all polio eradication activities. The security conditions improved, however 50 UCs pf Peshawar need more security during NIDs/SNIDs.

National Chair Aziz Memon gave brief introduction of Rotarians in the world and their voluntarily working and contribution in terms of time and money for the cause of polio eradication. He extended his full support to EOC to accomplish targets. He gave example of Anganwari in India and their working. He said the same cadre exist in Pakistan with the name of Lady Health Workers (LHWs). We have to utilize the cadre effectively.

Dr Imtiaz Shah said the cadre is also working in KPK and we are utilizing their services but need more LHWs to cover entire population, for this PC 1 has been approved by the Government.

National Chair Aziz Memon gave example of LHWs who are using cellphone technology for transferring data on server for utilization to plan future mode of action​s​.

Asher Ali explained the working of LHWs using cell phone for collecting data in Nowshera district. He said there are 100 LHWs are providing details of mother and neonatal health care, zero dosage, refusal and missed children information to main server which is accessible for District Polio control room (DPCR) to cover missed children and refusals during up coming SNID.

He added a Cellphone e monitoring was given to Community Midwives (CMWs) last month, a followup training for these CMWs has been planned in Peshawar during first week of March 2016. ​Dr Imtiaz said more LHWs may involve in the cellphone project. CDG Rauf Rohaila replied we do extend our project in the light of its success in Peshawar.

Akber Khan appreciated the support of Rotary and requested National Chair to provide them umbrellas for polio workers and support in holding Health Camps.

CDG Rauf Rohaila said Rotary may conduct Health Camps with the assistance of EOC KPK.

The meeting ended with thanks by Akbar Khan EOC Coordinator KPK.

Asher Ali

Project Manager

Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee

Rotary International

Cell: 03002178435

 

Tribute to Slain Dr. Yakoob Khan EPI Manager-Khyberpakhtunkhawa on 11 February 2016 at Chief Minister House

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Dr. Yakoob Khan EPI Manager, Swabi was gunned down on November 30, 2015 while he was on his way to work. He was a dedicated and committed officer, very active in administrating polio drops to all children in the district.

Rotary International strongly condemned the killing of the EPI Officer while he was on way to deliver his services and have expressed their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family who lost their loved one.

Rotary’s Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee in recognition to Dr Yakoob Khan’s sacrifice in pursuit of a polio free district, arranged a tribute ceremony to condole with is bereaved family.

The Tribute Ceremony was held on 11 February 2016 at Chief Minister House, Peshawar, Khyberpakhtunkhawa. Pervaiz Khattak, Chief Minister KPK chaired the ceremony. Munib Yakoob ​(​son​) and Muhammad Ayub ​(brother​) of slain Dr. Yakoob attended the event. Senior Minister for Health Shahram Khan Tara Tarakai, Secretary Health Jamal Yousuf, ECO Coordinator KPK Akbar Khan, Dr. Imtiaz Shah BMGF, Dr.Salah Hatmi TL WHO, Jalpa Ratna UNICEF, National Chair Aziz Memon, CDG Rauf Rohaila, Asher Ali Project Manager and Rotary attended the ceremony.

CDG Rauf Rohaila initiated the event with a brief introduction of Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio in Pakistan. Jalpa Ratan UNICEF and Dr.Salah Hatmi WHO spoke of their roles in polio eradication and saluted Dr Yakoob’s sacrifice while condoling with his family.

The National Chair Aziz Memon first read out the speech of Rotary International’s President K R Ravindran and thereafter comments of the IPPC Chair, Michael K. McGovern.

The National Chair said ‘there is no compensation for life but Rotary has sent a cheque of Rs 200,000 as a token of recognition to the family of Dr. Yakoob Khan.

He highlighted the importance of the event and said Rotary has always condemned these acts of violence and paid tribute to all those who lost their lives in the battle of polio eradication. He said ‘I strongly condemned the killing and assured Chief Minister that we will not be bogged down by these cowardly acts and will continue our struggle to fulfill the promise made to the children of the world, to give them a polio free world.’

Chief Minister Khattak said in last 7 months KPK has made considerable progress in eradication of Polio and with support of Rotary, WHO, UNICEF & BMGF they will ensure that transmission is stopped in 2016.

The Chief Minister thanked Rotary for their support and especially for this act of honoring the slain EPI Manager.

Senior Minister Health Shahram Khan appreciated the role of Rotary. He committed to put in every effort to kick polio from Khyberpakhtunkhawa.

Chief Minister Khyberpakhtunkhawa Pervaiz Khattak condoled with the family and said the Government will facilitate his family. National Chair Aziz Memon requested Chief Minister to appoint his brother in Government of KPK. The Chief Minister said he will offer a job to the brother of slain Dr Yaqub even if he has to bend some rules.

The event ended with the presentation of cheque from Rotary for Rs 200,000 by the Chief Minister Khyberpakhtunkhawa to Munib Yakoob son of slain Dr. Yakoob Khan.

Report by: 

Asher Ali

Project Manager

Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee

Rotary International

Cell: 03002178435 

Rotary Delegate Meets with Emergency Operation Center (EOC) FATA Team at Peshawer on 12 February 2016

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A meeting was held with EOC FATA at Peshawar on 12 February 2016. Shakeel Qadir, EOC Coordinator welcomed the Rotary delegation comprised of National Chair Aziz Memon, CDG Rauf Rohaila and Asher Ali Project Manager PNPPC. The meeting was attended by Dr Abdul Qayyum, UNICEF and EOC FATA team.

Dr. Nadeem Ahmed Khan gave brief about EOC FATA efforts in the area especially in South Waziristan. He said with the help of Pakistan Army most of the areas have been covered with immunization services.

The movement of Afghani population through Torkhum border and polio vaccination was discussed in length. Shakeel Qadir EOC Coordinator FATA gave detail of border situation. He said vaccination in bordering areas is a difficult task.  He added, about 1500 people per day pass through Torkhum border check post only. Therefore the Frequent Use border like Torkham, Keranchi and  Baghirari need more attention to cover migratory population between Pakistan and Afghanistan. He requested Rotary to provide a big shelter for polio workers at Baghriari Check Post on urgent basis.

National Chair Aziz Memon gave brief introduction of rotary’s role in Pakistan. He appreciated Pakistan army action in FATA and providing access to immunization teams to reach all children in the area. However, he indicated challenges; to sustain immunization services in the affected areas and rehabilitation of infrastructure and repatriation of FATA people to their native areas. He assured his support and ensured to provide shelter (PTP) for Baghriari check post.

CDG Rauf Rohaila admired the working and achievement of FATA team during last year and stressed to sustain success. He appreciated joint efforts of all Government departments, Pak army and polio partners in FATA.

Despite of many challenges and security situation Shakeel Qadir assured to reach all children under five in FATA . He thanked Rotary for providing support to establish PTPs and provide big umberallas for polio workers.

Asher Ali asked about type of umbrellas needed for the area. He suggested purchasing desire size umbrellas from local market and providing us quotations and invoicing for payment.

The meeting ended with thanks by Shakeel Qadir EOC FATA, Khyberpakhtunkhawa.

Asher Ali

Project Manager

Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee

Rotary International

Cell: 03002178435

Health Camp held at Machaar Colony, Kemari Town by PNPPC

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In a newly established Rotary Pakistan Resource Center at Machaar Colony, UC 5, Kemari Town, the Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee held a Health Camp in view to the forthcoming SNIDs scheduled from February 15 – 18 2016 in a specific High Risk Area of Karachi.

A community with 80% Pashtun’s and 20% diverse ethnic mix from across provinces; the area is an urban slum with scarce health facilities and poor hygiene and sanitation. The site for the resource centre was mutually selected by EOC Sindh and the District Government.

A Health Camp was inaugurated at the centre in Machaar Colony, Kemari Town today (February 16th) by the National Chair Aziz Memon and PP Ashraf Khan Ghori. Asher Ali and Alina A. Visram facilitated the event. In addition, Dr. Shafi Rahu, Town Health Officer Kemari, Dr. Kelash WHO, Dr. Imran UNICEF, Muhammad Aamir, BMGF also attended the inauguration ceremony.

Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) pharmaceutical company are responsible for the space to house the resource centre; which consist of four rooms for consultation and an Ultrasound Machine. The staff includes Kaiser the coordinator, Dr. Qudsia the doctor, two LHVs, two vaccinators and four social mobilizers all from different ethnic backgrounds (2 Pashtun, 1 Bengali, 1 Punjabi).

Patients varied from infants, toddlers, children and women who came in droves. A total of 690 patients benefited from the health camp.

Women 421
Men 5
Children 264
Total 690

A meeting with polio partners and community representatives was held after the camp. The establishment of Resource Center by PNPPC to extend primary health care and ultra sound services was much appreciated. The Health Camp provided credibility for the Resource Center which will pave the way to intervene deeper into the community and create a demand for routine immunization.

Report by: Asher Ali and Alina Visram – PNPPC

Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group on Poliomyelitis Eradication in Pakistan on 28-29 January 2016 at Marriott Hotel-Islamabad

Annexure 2-Rotary Support

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Day One

World Health Organization (WHO) convened the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for January 28 & 29 2015 in Islamabad. The objectives of the meeting are as under;

  • Assess progress made since the last meeting
  • Identify and develop consensus on remaining gaps and challenges 
  • Advise on measures the program can take to keep the country on track to interrupt transmission by May 2016                  

Ref to the above, TAG discussed polio eradication strategy in the light of the current situation in Super High risk areas of FATA, Khyberpakhtunkhawa (Peshawar corridor), Karachi and Quetta Block and review functions of Polio Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) in all provinces and channel resources for vaccine and operational activities.

National Chair Aziz Memon and four Zonal Coordinators; CDG Rauf Rohaila, PDG Saeed shamsi, PP Masood Bhalli ,PP Dr Hanif Khilji and Asher Ali Project Manager attended the meeting representing Rotary.

The meeting was chaired by Dr. Jean Marc Olive. Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Prime Minister Focal Person on Polio facilitated the meeting. The Chair opened the session with his appreciation for joint working of PEOCs/ NEOC and moving towards right direction. He said improved coordination increased the strength of the polio eradication initiatives.

Senetor Ayesha Raza Farooq facilitated the meeting sessions and expressed confident about major progress being achieved in 2016. She elaborated the efforts being made by the Government and said polio eradication is “top of the agenda.” She briefed on the current situation and progress towards “Zero Polio”. (details attached as annexure 1)

Secretary Health Muhammad Ayub Sheikh hoped that the findings from the two-day meeting would help with the “final push” to interrupt polio virus transmission. He expressed the belief that Pakistan will defeat the virus this year.

Adien Oleary Polio Chief, UNICEF said in his opening remarks that during 2015 focus was given to shift paradigm from quantity to quality. He stressed to strengthen Front Line Workers (FLW) and consistent development of PEOCs. The joint efforts at all levels and monitoring system gave encouraging results in 2015.

After the tea break, representatives of FATA, Khyberpakhtunkhawa, Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab updated provincial status of polio in their respective provinces.

During the interactive session questions were asked to PEOCs and were answered. PP Masood Bhalli expressed his concern on the coverage of missed children after catch-up days. The chair seconded his opinion and said more focus should be given to cover missed children after each NID. The difference should be visible in subsequent NIDs.

The session ended with a vote of thanks by Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq.

 

Day Two

An internal meeting was held on the second day of TAG in the first half of the morning. The TAG prepared their conclusion and recommendations in the light of the progress made by the provinces.

Federal Minister Health Saira Afzal Tarar chaired the second day meeting. Dr. Azra Pechehu Chairperson Oversight Committee Sindh also attended the session.

PP Masood Bhalli gave briefed about Rotary support for global and specifically Pakistan polio eradication initiative.  (detail attached as an ​annexure 2)

The final conclusions and recommendation of the TAG were shared with the participants as follows; (detail attached as annexure 3)

Conclusion

  • TAG commends country for the overall improved quality of SIAs across all provinces and districts, and the full shift towards finding and vaccinating missed children
  • Significant progress made by the program since the last meeting especially on leadership, management, oversight and accountability across all levels
  • TAG commends commitment and determination of the security forces in ensuring campaigns are conducted in a safe and secure environment
  • TAG commends the front-line workers for their dedication and commitment

Recommendations

  • Maintain and further improve political commitment at all levels
  • Continue to implement accountability framework with associated                   measurement for sustained performance improvement
  • Fully implement the supplementary action plan developed during the quarterly NEAP review in November 2015
  • Engage local government in the monitoring and supervision of UC level staff (AICs, UCMOs, etc)

At the end of the day Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq thanked all TAG members, polio partners and EOCs for their active participation in the meeting.  

The Chair Dr. Jean Marc Olive concluded the meeting with;

Wir schaffen das!
(We can do this!)

 

Asher Ali

Project Manager

Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee

Rotary International

Cell: 03002178435