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

World Polio Day Summit 24 October 2016 at Serena Hotel-Islamabad

World Polio Day is observed by Rotary International globally on 24th October every year to honor Dr. Jonas Salk – the developer of a vaccine against polio. It is because of the polio vaccine, that historic progress has been made toward a polio-free world. In Pakistan Rotary Clubs at different locations celebrate Polio Day by conducing school events, workshops walks, health camps etc. Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee, Rotary International organized a Polio Summit on World Polio Day on 24 October 2016 at Serena Hotel, Islamabad. The Summit attended by all stakeholders from Government of Pakistan, WHO, UNICEF, BMGF, diplomats of funding partner countries and Rotarians .

 The summit was chaired by Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication and Chief Guest was Chair, International Polio Plus Committee Michael K McGovern.

National Chair Aziz Memon welcomed the participants and thanked everyone for joining the summit for a common cause to make Pakistan a polio free country.

He said, polio cases declined and environmental samples have decreased as well as statistics on missed children have come down considerably. He also pointed out the recent polio case emerging from Sujawal, Sindh. He said the family is Pashtun and the virus transmitted from Afghanistan.

National EOC Coordinator Dr. Rana Safdar briefed the audience on polio eradication efforts in Pakistan. He highlighted that there were 306 cases in 2014, which reduced to 15 in same time period this year. He remarked on the progress of SIAs during the year. He said significant achievement have been made this year due to:

  • Prime Minister and Chief Ministers personal leadership
  • National / Provincial Task Forces
  • Revamped PM Focus Group with Chief Secretaries as active members
  • Regular campaign reviews by Chief Secretaries in all provinces, Divisional Task Forces and District Polio Eradication Committees
  • Tremendous support from law enforcement agencies
  • Community engagement and ownership
  • ONE Team … implementing ONE data driven program
  • Identifying and addressing gaps on real time basis
  • Focus on remaining challenges to vaccinate all children each time

Dr. Abdireham Team Leader WHO expressed his views and progress of polio campaigns during the year. He said repeated SIAs, IPV Health Camps brought change in polio scenario and lowering cases numbers.  He said ‘we will utilize upcoming low transmission season to end polio this year.’

Aiden O’ Leary Team Leader UNICEF spoke about the communication strategy and highlighted the role of Front Line workers (FLW). He appreciated the strong partnership between Government and polio partners to kick out polio by year end.  He said Sehat Muhafizprogram made it easier for the CVs to reach door to door to cover missed children.

Haji Hanif Tayyab, Chair Polio Ulema Committee offered prayers for the vaccinators and policemen killed during polio campaigns across the country.

Sue Gerber, BMGF highlighted the role of BMGF and EOCs in Pakistan. She said there is a need to continue the pace of moving forward to attain the desired goal of zero missed children.

Senator Saeed Ghani, advisor to Chief Minister Sindh highlighted the role of Government and commitment to eradicate polio from Sindh. He said the Task Forces at Chief Secretary, Commissioner and District level are functioning with full zeal. He assured to kick off polio by the end of this year. He also mentioned HR UCs of Karachi and said coverage is better in these areas and more missed children will be covered in current SNID.

A video message from Polio Ambassador of Pakistan Aseefa Bhutto was played at the summit.

Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Prime Minster Focal Person on polio Eradication welcomed the international Chair Polio Plus Committee Michael K. McGovern. She thanked National Chair Aziz Memon for organizing such a summit on Polio Day to share views of all stake holders. She appreciated the role of Rotary in advocacy and working as catalyst to eradicate polio. She said World Polio Day is the day to re-commit and get rid of this crippling disease. She spoke of   continuous commitment of the Government with polio eradication initiative and support from all polio partners has made it possible to bring down polio cases to 15 this year and assured that ‘we will bring polio cases to zero by next year.’ However we have challenges to cover transit population between two countries i.e. Pakistan and Afghanistan. The virus is still persistent in adjoining provinces of Afghanistan and has become a challenge for us. At the end she thanked all polio partners, all EOCs, Pakistan Army, Pakistan Rangers, Foreign diplomats for fighting against polio and inaugurated the SNIDs by administrating polio drops to a child. 

A Polio jingle was played elaborating the hard work of Front Line Workers. The jingle made by PNPPC was much appreciated by all stake holders.

Chair, Rotary International’s PolioPlus Committee Michael K. McGovern expressed his confidence, that taking into account the commitment and zeal with which the various stakeholders have been working; there is a realistic hope of eradicating polio from Pakistan by interrupting transmission of polio virus by the end of this year (2016).

He said Rotary International has provided grant funding to polio eradication initiative partners UNICEF and the World Health Organization, for their work in Pakistan.

Rotary Clubs members have worked in polio endemic countries alongside their respective governments, with unflinching dedication to carry out immunization activities. Mass immunizations of children via the oral polio vaccine must continue until global eradication is achieved.

After the tea break a brief presentation was given on progress and achievements in FATA. Dr Nadeem Khan, He highlighted the long journey to cover missed children in FATA and border areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. He talked of the geographical challenges in inaccessible areas of FATA agencies as;

  • Environment of fear and threat
  • Communication  barriers in NWA & SWA
  • Mobility and accommodation in NWA & SWA
  • Weak routine EPI coverage
  • Poor female involvement in campaigns
  • Border movement (un-supervised)
  • Threat of Virus importation from Afghanistan and KP

 

He said we are committed and will cover each and every child in FATA. He thanked Rotary for its continuous support and establishing of shelters at the Pak-Afghan border at Torkham and Bhagiari in Khyber Agency. He requested Rotary to provide more support in social mobilization and establishment of three immunization centers in FATA.

Haji Hanif Tayyab, Chair Polio Ulema Committee stressed on involvement of local Ulema of all sects. He gave details of FATWAs and said there is no harm to administrate polio drops to children. The role of religious leaders is very important and we have involved hundreds of religious leader in polio awareness and disseminating messages at grass roots level. In conclusion he said ‘we will eliminate this disease for good from the world.’

‘Government Commitment and policies are very much in line with NEAP and we are working together to fight against polio’, said by Ayub Shaikh Secretary Health, Government of Pakistan. He stressed on Mother & Child Health care and need to strengthen routine immunization. We are very close to kick off polio and the Government has prepared a road map to achieve the target.

He said that all Government stakeholders at Federal and Provincial level including Chief Ministers, Chief Secretaries, Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners at district level are on the same page, each playing their role effectively.

Salman Ahmed, Rotary Goodwill Polio Ambassador emphasized that he is motivating polio workers, school children by his songs. He played a song made on polio eradication which was appreciated by the audience.

Zohare Ali Shariff, CEO Asiatic Public Relations Pvt. Ltd (APR) represented Coca Cola Pakistan. He spoke on the role of corporate sector and highlighted the partnership of Rotary and Coca Cola Pakistan. He said the Coca-Cola Export Corporation, Pakistan is very keen to eradicate polio from high risk areas of Karachi and Peshawar. He elaborated Coca Cola’s Pakistan support to Rotary by installation of Reverse Osmosis Plant in Malir Karachi, Power Generator (30KV) and seven installations of Solar Water Filtration Plants in HR UCS of Karachi and one in Peshawar. 

An interactive panel discussion was conducted with foreign funding partners.  The session was facilitated by Michael G Mc Govern and attended by Perry Johan Calderwood High Commission Canada; Teppei Nakagawa First Secretary Japan High Commission and Dr. Jens Jokisch – Deputy Head of Missions – German Embassy. The diplomats shared their funding for PEI in Pakistan and showed their interest to combat polio from the country. They assured their support till the end of the task and endorsed their confidence over the working of Government and polio partners to achieve the target.

The other panel discussion which took place with all four Zonal Coordinators of Polio Plus Committee was facilitated by National Chair Aziz Memon; each Zonal Coordinator elaborated working of Rotary High Risk Focus Group and Rotary Club activities. PP Masood Bhalli Chief Coordinator Sindh gave details of Rotary Resource Centers, their functions and providing training facilities for Female Community Volunteer (FCVs) for Community Based Vaccine program. CDG Rauf Rohaila Chief Coordinator KPK appreciated the working of EOC KPK and FATA who made remarkable progress. He said to promote routine immunization, Rotary introduced e monitoring through cellphone project in Peshawar and Nowshera Districts of KPK and linked 150 Health Workers with the District Polio Control Room for better planning of micro plans and reaching missed child and refusals. PP Dr. Hanif Khilji Chief Coordinator Balochistan showed his reservation on transmission of polio virus from neighboring provinces of Afghanistan.  PDG Saeed Shamsi Chief Coordinator Punjab informed the participants that there is no case in Punjab and environmental samples are negative. However we have to continue our efforts to maintain it.

District Governor 3271 Saleem Rao addressed the participant and gave details of celebrating World Polio Day by Rotary clubs in his district. He showed his full commitment to support all polio eradication initiatives by the Government and polio partners.

Sachi Kahania – Polio True Stories was played and was greatly appreciated by the audience  

District Governor 3272 Mir Arif gave a brief background of the day. He said due to continuous efforts of polio partners and strong commitment by the Government we are very close to ending polio. He appreciated shifting paradigm of Government toward ‘Missed Children.’

At the end DGE Faiza Qamar (3272) said the objective of the summit is to provide a forum to share experiences, success, failures to move forward and attain common goal of polio eradication from the country.   She paid vote of thanks to all dignitaries, polio partners, Rotarians for their active participation in the summit.

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Panel Discussion with Zonal Coordinators

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Group  with SenatorAyesha Farooq

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Penal Discussion with Funding Partners

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Michael K. McGovern

 

 

Follow Up Training of Community Midwives (CMWs) in E Monitoring Cellphone Project-Peshawar July 28, 2016

E monitoring is now become a need of all activities to give real time report with all details for further planning and action taken.  We have started e monitoring with Mother Neonatal Child Health program of Government of Khyberpakhtunkhawa in January 2016.  The Community Midwives (CMWs) are the focus health workres of MNCH program. First training was given in January followed by follow up sessions to improve understanding of CMWs with the e monitoring project and its utilization.

There are 30 CMWs registered with the Cellphone project in Peshawar. The last Follow up training held in May 2016 proved to be very successful as the results of June showed that 80% CMWs used the system on all 30 days of the month of June and reported 374 messages. To encourage CMWs, a reward of Rs.500 was given to four CMWs who sent highest number of messages during the month.

The main objective of the follow up training was to review the progress and rectify errors which were faced by few CMWs for proper reporting.

A follow-up training session of CMWs was conducted on 28 July 2016 at MNCH facility Hayatabad, Peshawar. CDG Rauf Rohaila and Rtn Khursheed Khan organized the training event. The training was facilitated by Mobin Ahmed, Technical Resource person from EYCON Pvt Ltd (Technological Partner), Nadia Khan, Coordinator Cellphone Project, Dr Hidayatulla M&E officer MNCH Peshawar and Asher Ali Project Manager, PNPPC.

An individual session was also held with each CMW to discuss thier reports. The cell phone numbers were validated again and resolved issues of sending reports.

Each and every CMW was given separate time to resolve her issues for prompt reporting.

Conclusion: Discussion on issues proved very fruitful to facilitate prompt reporting on daily basis. The next follow up session is planned in the second week of September 2016.9fd6188e-1b60-4b0d-87c7-66b43989ff64d9153b13-846a-4e10-a54f-7b7da93e14299fd6188e-1b60-4b0d-87c7-66b43989ff64

Inauguration of Two Shelters for PTP at Bhagiari, Khyber Agency, FATA, Khyberpakhtunkhawa

As per Rotary’s Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee strategy for intensified efforts to eradicate polio, Rotary has provided two shelters on request of EOC FATA

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 Baghiari Check Post Khyber Agency FATA at either side of the highway. These shelters are made up 20

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  1. long re fabricated containers. These re fabricated containers were those that  inspected by the International Chair Polio Plus Committee Michael MC Govern along with National Chair Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee Aziz Memon at container yard, Islamabad on 30th June 2016

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to ensure quality.

Baghiari check post is located about 45 km from Pak Afghan Torkham border. All transit population travel between Pakistan and Afghanistan has to pass from this check post. A team of 26 polio vaccinators working at this check post and average coverage is 900 children per day. Rangers of Frontier Constabulary (FC) facilitating polio vaccinators at the post and ensuring to stop each vehicle till vaccination is completed.

CDG Rauf Rohaila arranged the inauguration ceremony at Baghiari and despite of security concerns at the Pak Afghan border at Torkham, the National Chair visited the polio check post at Bhagiari to inaugurate both shelters for Permanent Transit Posts.

The inauguration ceremony of the Baghairi PTP was held today ie; 27 July 2016. National Chair Aziz Memon inaugurated both shelters at either side of the highway.

The ceremony was attended by Zia Ur Rehman, assistant Political Agent Khyber agency FATA, Dr. Sarfaraz Khan EPI FATA, Dr. Nadeem, WHO and UNICEF representatives, CDG Rauf Rohaila, Rtn Khursheed Khan, Rtn Azmat Hayat, AG Tayyaba Gul and   Asher Ali Project Manager PNPPC Rotary International.

The National Chair inspected both re fabricated shelters followed by visiting FC check posts where he met with polio vaccinators and FC officials. He appreciated the best vaccination arrangements at the PTP and informed that Rotary is also providing a new shelter and will replace the damaged existing shelters to provide best facilitation to the polio vaccinators working at PTP Torkham Pak-Afghan border as well.

Dr. Sarfaraz EPI FATA thanked National Chair Aziz Memon for his visit to Baghiari which gives lot of strength to all Khyber agency officers and polio teams.

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