Rotarian from Japan and Canada take part in the last NIDs of 2016

Day One (19th Dec 2016) 

 

Rtn Yuji Nagata from RC Rikuzer-Takata Dist 2520 in Japan visited Pakistan specially to participate in the December 19 – 22 NIDs. The current and next two months (January & February 2017) are low transmission season months, which is a crucial time for us to optimize our surveillance and monitoring to ensure no child remains unvaccinated.

 

Rtn Yuji Nagata participated visited two polio high risk areas; one in Sikandarabad and the other in Machar Colony Karachi. He was accompanied by his interpreter and Asher Ali Project Manager, PNPPC. Yuji San visited the Rotary Resource Center at Sikandarabad where Asher Ali explained the working and operation of the center; showed how the Training Facility for Community Based Vaccinators (CBV) is operated and accompanied him with the polio teams, during the door to door campaign. He administrated polio drops to children and spoke with polio workers in detail, asking them of their work and arrangements for their security.

 

Rtn. Yuji Nagata commented “ I had the impression that it would be risky to visit houses during the NIDs, but I feel free and can go where I please with no risk of security”, Yuji san visited many houses and met with community people. He also checked their micro plans, registers and list of missed children. In the afternoon, he visited the Railway Station at Cantt. He was keen to inspect the boogies and talk to people. He was happy with the polio teams who were administering polio drops to passengers, coming into the station and those leaving the station.

 

Day Two (20th December 2016)

 

On second day, Rotarian Andrea Tirone from Rotary Club of Toronto, Canada joined the delegation to participate in the National Campaign. Project Manager Asher Ali took the delegation to the Resource Centre at Gulshan Town. Yuji san and Andrea joined polio teams in Sachal Town. They visited house to house to administer polio drops to the children less than 5 years of age with the polio teams. The Rotarians appreciated the commitment and hard work of polio workers. They also met with UCMO Dr. Ashraf and asked questions about planning of campaign in his area of jurisdiction.

At the end, both Rotarians appreciated the joint efforts of polio partners and the role model of Resource Centers that provide training facility to Front Line workers and a pivotal point for assembling before the start of the polio campaign. After their visit to Gulshan Town, they went to the Super Highway where Rotary has established Permanent Transit Posts (PTPs) at the exit and entry points. They saw the buses/van/cars and wagons coming in and being stopped by police and rangers, so that polio workers could immunize children entering Karachi. Yuji san also climbed inside the buses to see how the teams were vaccinating children.

Both Rotarians Yuji Nagata and Andrea Tirone thanked PNPPC for arranging field visits and an opportunity for them to take part in the last National Campaign of 2016.

Rtn Yugi on house to house polio campaign

Rtn Yugi on house to house polio campaign

Rtn yugi checking cold chain in Resource Center Machar Colony (1)

Rtn yugi checking cold chain in Resource Center Machar Colony (1)

Rtn Yugi marking finger

Rtn Yugi marking finger

Group with polo workers & Polio partners

Group with polo workers & Polio partners

 

 

Monitoring Visit of Ittehad Town and Gadap Town by UNDP and Coca Cola

A meeting was scheduled today on 29th Nov 2016 with Coca Cola and UNDP at Rotary Head office. The meeting was attended by Usman Manzoor from UNDP, Natasha Haroon from Coca Cola, Aziz Memon, Asher Ali, Alina Visram and Shaukat Ali (from Rotary International). Purpose of the meeting was to brief the project activities done by the Rotary team and to discuss the future activities of the project. Brief presentation was made by Asher Ali which includes Success & challenges faced by teams during successful installation of Solar Water Filtration plant.

 

Till dated, Rotary has successfully installed & inaugurated two Solar Water Filtration plants while the third SITE has been also identified and selected by the management. Usman Manzoor gave his positive feedback over the presentation and suggested to take before and after lab reports of water sample of every selected site. Both the guests appreciated the work of Rotary team. It was also briefed that selected Sites are the most High Risk UCs of Karachi where hardly any development organization is present. For the installation of Solar Water filtration plants, Rotary have fully support of EOC (Emergency Operation Cell), UNICEF & WHO even SITES were also suggested by them.

 

After presentation, Site visit was scheduled along with UNDP & Cocacola team members. First stop was UC 2 Ittehad Town – Baldia Town where Solar Water Filtration plant is installed & benefiting thickly populated community. Second stop was UC 4 Gujro – Gadap Town where another filtration plant is benefiting outskirt population of Karachi. After the meeting with beneficiaries and monitoring activities, Medina Colony – Tora Bora was the last Site. Madina Colony is the third Site which is finalized for the installation of 3rd Solar Water Filtration Plant. At the end, guests praised the extra efforts of Rotary team to achieve the target on time.

Meeting

Meeting

nauguration of Third Solar Water Filtration Plant at Madina Colony Tora Bora, Malir Cantt, Karachi

Provincial Polio Emergency Center Sindh requested Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee to support social mobilization interventions in polio high risk areas of Karachi as polio plus activities. In view of the dire need of safe drinking water especially in the areas where possibilities of polio virus exist due to improper sanitation and non-availability of potable water, it was suggested to install Solar Water Filtration plants to increase access to safe drinking water, decrease water borne diseases and increase credibility of polio partners in high refusal areas. Rotary in collaboration with CocaCola Pakistan and UNDP initiated a proposal for installation of Solar Water Filtration Plants in six polio high risk areas of Karachi and one in Peshawar.

 

Madina Colony, Torabora Malir Karachi is one of the locations where Pashtun population migrated from Tora Bora area of Afghanistan.  It is one of the polio high risk union council and termed as polio reservoir in Karachi. The population of the area is predominant by Pashtun speaking population and in view of high priority union council; third Solar Water Filtration Plant installed at the location. The plant will cater 28,000 population of the catchment area.

 

An inauguration ceremony of Solar Water Filtration Plant held on 03 January 2017at Madina Colony Karachi. The Plant was jointly inaugurated by the National Chair Aziz Memon and Chair Ulema Committee Haji Hanif Tayyab.

 

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Dr. Altaf Bosan National Consultant BMGF at N EOC Islamabad, Dr. Ahmed Ali Shaikh BMGF Sindh, Muhammad Aamir and Jan Muhammad from WHO, Dr. Ahad District Government, local stake holders of WHO,UNICEF. Rotary was represented by DGN Irfan Qureshi, PP Ashraf Ghori, PP Iqbal Alvi, Rtn   Dr. Hera Lal, Rtn. Sumera RC Clifton, Rotractors Ayyaz Khattak, Rabia Fatima, Shaukat Ali Project Coordinator, and Asher Ali, Project Manager PNPPC.

 

A short briefing was given by Asher Ali and Muhammad Aamir regarding area profile. The importance of polio plus activity of Water Plant was highlighted in the area. Tariq Jamsheed, Engineer of the Solar Plant elaborated the mechanism of the plant.  The guests were also briefed about the sustainability of the project. It was told by Asher Ali, that a number of community meetings were carried out before launching the project for optimal utilization of filtered water and maintenance of the plant.

 

Haji Hanif Tayyab started the solar by pushing the button plant and open the water taps to functionalize the system and drink the water to ensure quality. After Inauguration a symbolic Key of the plant presented to the local community leader Molana Abdul Ghaffar.  He will be responsible for operationalization of the plant. Prayers were also offered for b

Water Filteration Plant

Water Filtration Plant

Inauguration of the plant

Inauguration of the plant

 Starting of the Plant

Starting of the Plant

betterment of the communities residing in the area.

Mayor Karachi Arshad Vohra Inaugurates Solar Water Filtration Plant at Gadap UC-4, Karachi

Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee was requested by Provincial Emergency Operation Center (EOC) Sindh to intervene in polio high risk areas for polio plus activities. In view of the dire need of safe drinking water especially in the areas where possibilities of polio virus exist due to improper sanitation and non-availability of potable water, it was suggested to install Solar Water Filtration plants to increase access to safe drinking water, decrease water borne diseases and increase creditability of polio partners in high refusal areas. Rotary in collaboration with CocaCola Pakistan and UNDP initiated a proposal for installation of Solar Water Filtration Plants in six polio high risk areas of Karachi and one in Peshawar.

Gadap UC-4 Karachi is one of the high risk union council and termed as polio reservoir in Karachi. The population of the area is predominant by Pashtun speaking population and in view of high priority union council; first Solar Water Filtration Plant was installed at Dost Muhammad Goth, UC-4 Gadap Town. The plant will cater 20,000 population of the catchment area.

An inauguration ceremony of Solar Water Filtration Plant held on 08 October 2016 at Dost Muhammad Goth UC 4 Gadap. The Plant was inaugurated by Honorable Mayor Karachi Arshad Vohra. He presented a Symbolic Key labeled with logos of all three partners (Rotary, Coke & UNDP) to the local community leader Habib Ur Rehman, responsible for operationalization of the plant. Prayers were also offered for betterment of the communities residing in the area.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by local stake holders, Zohare Ali, Shahzad Kalim from Coca Cola Pakistan, WHO,UNICEF and EOC representatives, polio Ambassador Salman Ahmed  and Rotary was represented by DGE Ovais Kohari, DGN Irfan Qureshi, PP Masood Bhalli, Zonal Coordinator, PP Iqbal Alavi (DG Saleem Rao could not attend the event as he was out of town), other Rotarians and Rotractors, Shaukat Ali Project Coordinator and Asher Ali, Project Manager PNPPC.

A short briefing was given by Imtiaz Khan, Engineer of the Solar Plant. He elaborated the mechanism of the plant. Arshad Vohra, Mayor Karachi and National Chair started the solar by pushing the button plant and open the water taps to functionalize the system. They also drank a glass of filtered water to ensure quality.

At the event, National Chair, Aziz Memon, highlighted “It gives me great pleasure to inaugurate the first solar water filtration plant in Gadap Town of Karachi, in partnership with Coca-Cola Pakistan. It’s unfortunate that Pakistan is the only country besides Nigeria where waterborne diseases like poliovirus is still prevalent, but this partnership seeks to eradicate waterborne diseases from Pakistan. The project ‘Zindagi’ is envisioned to uplift the quality of life for the targeted communities of Pakistan, instilling a sense of hope for a healthier future. This is first of the seven solar water filtration plants under this partnership, and we are determined for the progressive deliverables of this project.”

Media and news reporters were also present at the event. After inauguration Mayor of Karachi briefed the media about the project and said water filtration plant will provide clean drinking water, reduce water borne diseases and improve health quality of women and children of the area. He praised the efforts of Rotary International and appreciated installation of solar water filtration plants in other five high risk union councils of Karachi. He also thanked Coca Cola Pakistan for their generous support. He committed to provide all supports needed to eradicate this crippling disease and make Pakistan a Polio free country.

The Mayor also requested National Chair to continue his support for betterment of society and he ensured his full support to plan other polio plus activities in high risk areas..

The Mayor was also briefed about the sustainability of the project. It was told by Asher Ali, Project Manager PNPPC that a number of community meetings were carried out before launching the project for optimal utilization of filtered water and maintenance of the plant.

The event ended with the vote of thanks from National Chair Aziz Memon.

 Inauguration

Inauguration

 Plant Building

Plant Building

Mayor observing solar plant

Mayor observing solar plant

Mayor testing filtered water

Mayor testing filtered water

 Handing over Key to Local Stake holder

Handing over Key to Local Stake holder

Inauguration of Solar Water Filtration Plant at Ittehad Town, Baldia Karachi

Provincial Polio Emergency Center Sindh requested Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee to support social mobilization interventions in polio high risk areas of Karachi as polio plus activities. In view of the dire need of safe drinking water especially in the areas where possibilities of polio virus exist due to improper sanitation and non-availability of potable water, it was suggested to install Solar Water Filtration plants to increase access to safe drinking water, decrease water borne diseases and increase creditability of polio partners in high refusal areas. Rotary in collaboration with CocaCola Pakistan and UNDP initiated a proposal for installation of Solar Water Filtration Plants in six polio high risk areas of Karachi and one in Peshawar.

 

Ittehad Town Baldia Karachi is one of the high risk union council and termed as polio reservoir in Karachi. The population of the area is predominant by Pashtun speaking population and in view of high priority union council; first Solar Water Filtration Plant was installed at UC 2 Ittehad Town. The plant will cater 35,000 population of the catchment area.

 

An inauguration ceremony of Solar Water Filtration Plant held today ie; 19 November 2016 at UC2 Ittehad Town. The Plant was jointly inaugurated by Honorable Deputy Mayor Karachi Arshad Vohra and National Chair Aziz Memon.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by local stake holders, WHO,UNICEF, EOC representatives, Assistant Commissioner Ghulam Muhammad and Rotary was represented by DGE Ovais Kohari, Rotractors of Rotary Club Karachi East, Shaukat Ali Project Coordinator, Sadia Shakeel Coordinator, Qaiser Shahzad Coordinator and Asher Ali, Project Manager PNPPC.

 

A short briefing was given by Tariq Jamsheed, Engineer of the Solar Plant. He elaborated the mechanism of the plant. Arshad Vohra, Deputy Mayor Karachi started the solar by pushing the button plant and open the water taps to functionalize the system and drink the water to ensure quality.

 

The Deputy Mayor was also briefed about the sustainability of the project. It was told by Asher Ali, Project Manager PNPPC that a number of community meetings were carried out before launching the project for optimal utilization of filtered water and maintenance of the plant. The Deputy Mayor appreciated the efforts of Rotary and requested National Chair to continue his support for betterment of society. After Inauguration a symbolic Key of the plant presented to the local community leader Molana Haroon Rasheed Adil. He will be responsible for operationalization of the plant. Prayers were also offered for betterment of the communities residing in the area.

 View of the Plant

View of the plant

 

Inaugration of the Plant

Inaugration of the Plant

Deputy Mayor testing water

Deputy Mayor testing water

Handing over Key of the plant

Handing over Key of the plant