Quarterly Review Meeting- Turbat Resource Center Balochistan Rotary’s Participation in NID Turbat, Balochistan January 10-11, 2016

The Resource Centers at Turbat and Buleda are situated in southern Balochistan where population is scattered. The Resource Center in Turbat is located inside the main bus terminal in the heart of the town whereas Resource Center at Buleda located near Pak-Iran border.

A Quarterly Review meeting was arranged by Turbat Resource Center.  The staff of both the centers attended the meeting. Reviewed the performance of the staff and identified gaps.  The LHV informed that during the quarter 374 children were given OPV.  The team informed that they are participating in NIDs and covering travelling children from different bus terminals in the town and supporting polio teams by social mobilization in difficult areas.

The progress of the quarter was discussed. Following gaps were identified;

1)      Coverage of missed children need to improve

2)      Increase coordination with district EPI.

3)      Extend outreach to other UCs

4)      Cover children in transit at other points in Buleda

5)      Timely reporting

Visited EPI office Turbat and had a meeting with Dr. Abdul Khaliq, Deputy District Health Officer, Dr Shabbir Ahmed WHO and Abdul Lateef Focal person EPI , discussed December NID and coverage of missed children. It was informed that 2700 children were reported missed during last NID, however 1600 were covered after the campaign. Also planned to participate in NID begins from today January 11, 2016with the district Government.

Along with EPI team and Rtn Dr Saleem Baloch visited two sites where polio teams administrating polio drops. Met with polio workers and motivated them to cover missed children in their areas.

At the end again had a meeting with WHO, EPI. They requested Rotary to provide shelter for polio workers to protect them from harsh summer winds. They were informed to send their request through EOC Balochistan.

Asher Ali

Project Manager

Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee

Rotary International


Polio Orientation and Planning Workshop District 3272 April 30, 2016 at Avari Hotel, Lahore

  • 1. Group2. Sajid Bhatti3. Mir Arif4. Aiden O Leary-UNICEF5.Dr. Salah-WHO6. Dr Aslam-EOC Punjab7. CDG Rauf Rohaila-ZC,KPK8. Salman Ahmed, Polio ambassador9. Kh.Salman Rafiq, Health Advisor,Punjab10. Group 111. Group 212. Group 3
  • Pakistan National PolioPlus Committee chair conducted a Polio Orientation and Planning Workshop on April 30, 2016 at Avari Hotel, Lahore. The objective of the workshop was to encourage President Elect and Club Polio Committee chair Elect (2016 – 2017) of District 3272 to play an active role in the polio eradication program. The workshop was attended by 103 Rotarians of RD 3272.

The workshop was started with the recitation of Quranic Verses.  District Governor (3272) Sajid Pervez Bhatti welcomed all Rotarians and distinguished guests. He elaborated the objectives of the workshop and showed his confidence that upcoming presidents will put more efforts to eradicate polio.

DGE Mir Arif Ali briefed participants of the role and responsibilities of newly elected presidents of Rotary Clubs. He stressed Rotary Clubs to increase their accessibility to polio partners and plan their strategies to end polio in their vicinities. He especially stressed Rotary Clubs working in southern Punjab to ensure vaccination to all children.

He also spoke on Routine Immunization and said that vaccines are the greatest health achievement in the 20th century. However, because of low routine immunization, children are more vulnerable to the polio virus. He urged Rotarians to get involved with health facilities and open more Permanent Immunization Centres (PIC) in hospitals and clinics to strengthen routine and make polio eradication their club’s signature project.

The formal proceedings of the workshop begin with the presentation of Aiden O’Leary Polio Chief UNICEF. Aidan emphasized over “Social Mobilization Strategies and Advocacy”, that aimed at 1) Strengthening Emergency Operations Centre structures and systems at all levels; 2) Shift the polio eradication paradigm from “children covered” to “continuously missed children” and  3)Place front line workers at the centre of the polio eradication effort”. He also spoke on an enabling environment of the care givers supporting OPV and the perception of community support. He briefed the audience on the importance of contact made by every vaccinator in the field and concluded the presentation with “Regardless of Scenario, Every Vaccination Campaign Comes down To a Single, Critical Touch Point: A Short Personal Interaction With A Vaccinator: Their Success is Our Success.

Dr. Salah Haithami, WHO highlighted the present scenario of polio cases in the country. He presented a comparison of polio cases with the last year in same time period. He said the polio cases dropped down to 95%. However there is a need to concentrate on mobile population. He briefed participants’ global, Pakistan polio update and discussed the challenges. He said the polio program in Pakistan is on track. We have now shifted from tOPV to bOPV from April 25th this year and moving towards end game.

Dr. Aslam Chudary, Coordinator EOC Punjab informed that there is no polio case in Punjab. He highlighted the working of polio partners under the umbrella of EOC. He thanked Rotary for providing re- furbished containers for establishing PTPs in Punjab. He elaborated the role of Rotary in planning, monitoring and communication in Punjab and appreciated the interest of Rotary teams in Punjab.

He said Punjab is facing two main challenges 1) Missed Children and  2) Migratory population. Focus is also being giving in the areas of southern Punjab and the areas where environmental samples are still positive.

CDG Rauf Rohaila, Zonal Coordinator KPK represented Khyberpakhtunkhawa province. He said both EOCs Khyberpakhtunkhawa and FAPTA are working closely for polio eradication.  He highlighted the role of Rotarians in polio eradication in KPK and said there is no case from FATA this year whereas cases are from Sindh on rise. He said more challenges are from migratory population travelling from Afghanistan to Pakistan. He informed that as per recent decision of Government of Pakistan no Afghani will enter into Pakistan without passport. There is a need to strengthen polio transit post at Torkham border and he informed that Rotary is establishing two more PTPs at Bughiari (Landi Kotal) to cover all migratory children from Afghanistan.

Salman Ahmed, Polio Ambassador said that vaccinators are our front line workers and he dedicated his song to those polio workers. He also sung famous song to motivate audience and ensure his presence where ever needed.

National Chair, PNPPC Aziz Memon thanked all participants. He elaborated the role of new presidents of Rotary Clubs of the district in polio eradication. He stressed all Rotary Clubs to hold as many Health Camps to cover missed children.  He added, we are not only focusing on polio but also to all other diseases like measles etc. He said we now reached to the stage where we shifted from tOPV to bOPV which is a sign of encouragement. We have commitment and dedication. He showed Speaking Book which is especially designed for teachers and parents to communicate Health Messages in urdu and pashtu languages. He elaborated its use for health awareness. He highlighted the role of Ulema to disseminate polio awareness messages. He said PNPPC is regularly conducting Ulema workshops leading by Ulema Committee chair Haji Hanif Tayyab in all cities. Rotary Clubs were requested to hold Ulema Workshops in their areas to involve local level religious people for the cause. He stressed Rotary Clubs to monitor PTPs at their own areas to ensure covering of children in transit.

Khawaja Salman Rafiq, Advisor to Health, Govt. of Punjab thanked Rotary for its efforts to make Pakistan a polio free country. He appreciated the role and commitment of Rotarians especially in Punjab for polio eradication. He added that the refurbished containers provided by the Rotary for PTPs are functioning well in Punjab and contributing a large to cover children in transit. He said the Government of Punjab is putting all efforts to get rid of vaccine related diseases and strengthening of Routine Immunization. He added that Post Campaign results of current NID showed good quality of vaccination and coverage, but still there is a need to give awareness regarding the importance of polio vaccination even to high income people living in urban areas to avoid misbehave with polio teams.

National Chair Aziz Memon thanked Khawaja Salman, Health Advisor Punjab for his valuable support to polio eradication initiatives in Punjab.

After the tea break, Breakout Sessions were started. Following three groups were made to prepare strategies to eradicate polio in their areas.

Group 1 led by DG Sajid Pervaiz Bhatti  “ How to Involve Local Communities in Polio Eradication”

Group 2 led by PDG Saeed Shamsi  “ How to Stop Virus Communication”

Group 3 led by DG CDG Rauf Rohaila  “ How to Cover Missed Children”


In conclusion of the break out session, lunch was served. 

The group participants made following recommendations;

Group 1 – Recommendations – DG Sajid Pervaiz Bhatti

  1. Need to create sense of responsibility among communities for Routine Immunization.
  2. More Coordination among Rotary Clubs and National PolioPlus Committee.
  3. More interaction between Rotary Clubs and District Polio team

d    Involve schools, colleges and other civil society segments in Polio Eradication.

  1. Inolve local NGOs, local body electorials, religious person of communities
  2. Rotary Clubs initiate Polio Awareness campaigns in school and colleges

Group 2 – Recommendations – PDG Saeed Shamsi

  1. The President elect will appoint Chairman Club Polio Plus committee and shall report the names of Chairman and members of this committee to Chairman Polio Plus committee.
  2. This committee the will plan different Polio related activities more specifically Health Camps and these will be incorporated in Club Planning guide for the year 2016-17.
  3. Awareness programs regarding Misconceptions about Polio vaccines shall be organized in schools and different communities.
  4. President Elect will ensure to get name of Club Polio chair in DEPEC with DC and DHO.
  5. The Club Polio Plus chair must visit PPTP once in month, irrespective of which club has sponsored it.
  6. More cooperation with other agencies involved in Polio eradication
  7. Different clubs can join to form working groups to work jointly and more efficiently
  8. Some different angle must be now given to articles of social mobilizations


Group 3 – Recommendations – CDG Rauf Rohaila

  1. Role of a Rotary in the challenge of Polio Eradication in Pakistan was underlined.
  2. Contribution of Rotary Clubs to monitor PTPs in their jurisdictions
  3. Increase interaction with Health Department
  4. Rotaractors and Interactors can be usefully involved in polio eradication.
  5.         Rotary Clubs may assist in providing female volunteers in deficient areas.
  6. Group recommended that provision of articles of social mobilization to Rotary Clubs and Rotarians should be through and in consultation with the club Presidents.
  7. Strengthening and support of PTPs may be considered.
  8. EPI centers should strengthen at all levels.


Concluding Remarks

National Chair Aziz Memon concluded the findings of the groups and stressed new presidents to leave no stone behind to eradicate polio in their areas.

DGN Faiza Qamar
paid thanks to distinguish guests, Rotarians for their active participation in the workshop.

Asher Ali

Project Manager

Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee

Rotary International


Polio Ambassador Salman Ahmed visited Pakistan Rotary Resource Center Gulshan Town, Karachi


Pakistan Rotary Resource Center Gulshan Town  is working closely with polio partners to facilitate their services for polio eradication in polio high risk union councils of the town.  

The center is now become a training facility for Female Community Volunteers (FCVs), Continued Community Polio Vaccinators (CCPVs), Area Supervisors and Polio teams. A number of capacity development initiatives are being conducted in the center and WHO/ UNICEF trainers are providing training to polio teams. In addition, the center is providing safe space and conducive environment for polio teams for data compilation during Evening Meetings.  

Polio Ambassador Salman Ahmed has always be very active to motivate polio workers working at grassroots level to increase their enthusiasm. He visited Pakistan Rotary Resource Center Gulshan Town on 9th June 2016 to meet with the group of FCVs/ Area in charges at the center. He shared his experiences of motivation to other polio workers at different parts of the country. The group of grass roots polio workers was much inspired by the presence of Salman Ahmed and committed more zealous efforts to make their union councils free of polio.

Asher Ali

Project Manager

Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee

Rotary International


Inauguration of Shelter at Pak-Afghan border Torkham, FATA Khyberpakhtunkhawa

Inauguration of Shelter at Pak-Afghan border Torkham, FATAKhyberpakhtunkhawa

3. Inauguration of Shelter at Torkham- Pak-Afghan Border (1)

Rotary International’s Pakistan National PolioPlus Committee initiated the first polio shelter on April 10th‘ 2010 to target families with children crossing from Pakistan to Afghanistan and vice versa. The two shelters (one at Torkham in Pakistan and the other in Jalalabad in Afghanistan) were established to facilitate polio vaccination teams in inclement weather conditions as well as serve as a Permanent Transit Post (PTP). The purpose was to target missed children and those in transit. The shelter at the Torkham border was damaged and partly destroyed during firing across the border sometime in July 2016. The request to reinstate the shelter was made by the Government of Pakistan and WHO. It was important to reinstate the functions of the shelter, when Pakistan and Afghanistan are making good progress as the year draws to an end and coverage has significantly improved. This mutual cooperation between the two countries to eradicate polio is a positive sign that the Governments are committed and dedicated to end polio in 2016.


As per Rotary’s Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee strategy for intensified efforts to eradicate polio, Rotary has immediately took action on the request of EOC FATA and WHO to replace damaged shelter to continue functioning of polio vaccination at the border shelters.


A Rotary delegation comprised of National Chair Aziz Memon, CDG Rauf Rohaila, Salman Ahmed, Polio Ambassador, Azmat Hayat President Rotary Club Peshawar South, Rtn Khursheed Khan, Rtn.Tayyaba Gul, Rtn. Imran Gul, Rtn Badar Shah, Rtn Tahir Malik,Rtn Ghayur Sethi, Rtn Nowsherwan and Asher Ali Project Manager visited the Tokham border today; 23 August 2016 to inaugurate the Shelter for PTP at the border.


At the occasion Dr.Nadeem Jan EOC FATA BMGF Consultant, Dr. Tufail Ahmed HRMP, FATA, Dr. Sher Amin UNICEF, Dr. Mirwais Khan PEO Khyber Agency, Dr. Sajjad Rasool Assistant Commissioner Khyber Agency, Dr. Irfan Ellahi Focal Person FATA WHO, Dr. Sher Khan N-STOP Officer welcomed the Rotary delegation at Torkham border.


The Rotary delegation also met with the Afghan counterparts at the office of Assistant Political Agent Torkham who came there for cross border meeting for polio eradication. The Afghan delegation comprised of Dr. Naushad Akbar R-EOC, Fazaullah Yousufzai PEO,Dr. Farooq Mirza ARPO/WHO,Dr. Shamas ul Haq Barnuri BMGF, Laloon ER, EPI Consultant. The Afghan delegation informed that they are covering the area of Eastern Afghanistan including Nagarhar, Kunhar Nuristan provinces. During the meeting the delegations exchanged the views and committed to kick off polio from both countries and leaving no stone behind to cover each and every child vaccinated.


Soon after the meeting an inauguration ceremony of the Permanent Transit Post was held at the Shelter point. National Chair Aziz Memon inaugurated the shelter. He also met with the polio vaccinators and observed polio vaccination to the children coming and going from the post.


At the end Dr. Nadeem Jan paid thanks to Rotary for its continued support to FATA EOC and provision of shelters, umbrellas, water coolers, jackets, social mobilization material for polio vaccinators at different PTPs.

Report By :  Asher Ali

Project Manager

Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee

Rotary International

Provincial Task Force Meeting on Polio Eradication

Provincial Task Force Meeting on Polio Eradication

3. PTF Group

A Provincial Task Force Meeting on Polio Eradication was held today ie; August 17, 2016 at Sindh Secretariat, Karachi. The objective of the meeting was to discuss Implementation status of June Provincial Task Force (PTF) meeting action points and SIAs performance in Karachi and North Sindh areas. The meeting was chaired by Siddiq Memon, Chief Secretary Sindh.


The meeting was attended by Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Prime Minister Focal Person on Polio Eradication, Ayub Shaikh, Secretary Health Government of Pakistan, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Chairperson, Oversight Committee Sindh, Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Coordinator Oversight Committee Sindh, Secretary Health A.B Narejo, Commissioners of  Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, Mirpurkhas and all Deputy Commissioners of Karachi. The meeting was also represented by polio partners Dr. Abidi TL, WHO, Dr Temesgen TL Sindh WHO, Dr. Thomas Grien WHO, Dr. Altaf Bosan, Technical Consultant BMGF, Jalpa Ratna Deputy Chief polio UNICEF, National Chair PNPPC Aziz Memon, and Asher Ali, Project Manager Rotary International.


Chief Secretary Sindh Siddiq Memon opened the session and welcomed the guests. He informed that polio eradication is on top of government agenda. He assured his all administrative support to polio program. He stressed to improve conditions in North Sindh.


Dr. Azra briefly gave the current scenario of polio cases in Sindh. She said there is a need to strengthen routine immunization to complete the vaccination process and get rid of this crippling disease. She also pointed out the distribution of vaccine carriers and maintaining of proper inventories. She said it has been reported that polio workers kept these vaccine carriers and do not return back to Area Incharges.

She thanked Rotary for its support in polio eradication activities especially in timely provision of vaccine carriers for all over Pakistan and specifically for Sindh as per requirement. She requested commissioners to ensure proper utilization and record keeping of vaccine carriers at district and union council level.


Fayyaz Jatoi EOC Coordinator Sindh gave detail of last month Provincial Task Force Action points;

1)      EOC Coordinator appointed

2)      Posting of DHOs Karachi is in process

3)      DHOs Shikarpur Sukkur Kamber and THOs Bin Qasim, Liaqatabad replaced on ground of their poor performance.

4)      Divisional Task Forces at Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Benazirabad have been notified

He said environmental samples are negative in Karachi since last three months.

Ayub Shaikh, Secretary Health said routine immunization is key to improve the situation. He briefly presented “Polio Eradication End Game Strategy 2013-18”. He said the role of EOCs is instrumental and lot of achievements has been made as per NEAP. He focused on Synergy to Legacy.  He highlighted results of AFP in Balochistan where 48% AFP cases were reported as no zero dosage. Similarly in Kasmore Northern Sindh where 52% cases have been reported as no zero dosage. This indicates our weak routine immunization and he requested Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners to ensure routine immunization along with OPV in these areas.


At the end Commissioners ensured that they will focus on improving situation by strengthening routine immunization.

The Chair ensured full commitment of the Government and thanked all officials and polio partners for making their efforts.


Aziz Memon, National Chair thanked Dr. Azra to raise the concern regarding proper management of Vaccine carriers. He said Rotary will continue its support to eradicate polio from the country. He added, that ILRs are also providing to EPI Sindh to strengthen cold chain and cover maximum children.


Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq said in her concluding remarks that a lot of improvement has been made but still we have to go long and ensure negative environmental samples from each location. She appreciated the efforts of the Chief Secretary to establish task forces for Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana.


The Chair, Siddiq Memon Chief Secretary Sindh concluded the meeting with his commitment to

provide all administrative and financial support needed to kick off polio from Sindh. He said the approvals regarding appointment of UCMOs and LHWs administrative issues will be resolved on priority basis shortly. He thanked all participants and appreciated their support to eradicate polio from the province.

By Asher Ali