Sunday, 31 May 2015

Education in Emergencies - An Education Project for Nepalese Children

Education in Emergencies-EiE
Temporary Learning Centers
A help For Schools Children hit by Earthquake

Background Situation:
Two earthquakes struck Nepal on 25 April and 12 May killing over 8000 people and injuring 18 000. Measuring 7.8 and 7.3 on the Richter scale, the earthquakes affected 35 of the country’s 75 districts in the Western and Central Regions, including Kathmandu Valley districts. This includes mountain and hilly areas, in areas where rural populations are dispersed, as well as some very densely populated districts and Nepal’s two largest cities – greater Kathmandu and Pokhara.

The worst affected districts include Sindulpalchowk, Kabhrepalanchowk, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Dhading, Kaski, Gorkha, Lamjung, Ramechhap, Sindhuli, Makawanpur, Manang, Chitawan and Nawalparsi. Most of these districts are located in Central region and Western region.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

HANDS International Helping Nepal Earthquake Victims

Nepal is rocked by a huge 7.9 magnitude earthquake and More than 5000+ people have been reported dead (and still counting) and scores injured, infrastructure and homes have been shattered. The survivors of the earthquake are in dire need of help in this particularly worrisome predicament. We are determined to stand with the strong people of this country at this hour. HANDS International appeals to people to donate generously for the Nepal victims and lend a helping hand. All funds raised would be utilized to provide relief supplies, first aid, medical facilities, and psychological support services to the affected people.

Ø  As of 27 April, the Government reports more than 5000 deaths and 6,833 injured people.
Ø  8 million people in 39 districts have been affected, of which over 2 million people live in the 11 severely affected districts.
Ø  Priority needs include food, water, shelter and medication. Over 1.4 million people are in need of food assistance.
Ø  A Humanitarian Staging Area (HSA) in Kathmandu International Airport has been set-up to mitigate congestion at Kathmandu Airport.

Modus operandi
HANDS International & HANDS Pakistan has decided to engage in relief activities of Nepal earthquake survivors by sending specialized team of Orthopedic Surgeons, Experienced Doctors, Anesthetists and Paramedics. HANDS International will arrange surgical camps in Kathmandu teaching hospital in partnership with Rehabilitation Response and Ministry of Health. The team will remain there for as long as necessary and will provide all necessary support to the victim of earthquake. HANDS International has committed £20,575, has also had the contribution of 20,000 Euros from Medico International and is continuing to raise funds through different partners like MCEC.

HANDS International has also joined coalition of charities / NGOs including UN Muslim Welfare, Life USA, Baitul Maal USA, MCEC, Children In Need and Al Khair Foundation, to provide emergency relief in Nepal.

HANDS International appeals to you on behalf of all the charities in coalition  to donate wholeheartedly by clicking here. Your generous donations will be gratefully appreciated.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Govt signs agreement with five institutions for better health services

The Sindh government has signed an agreement with five private health organisations to run selected public health services under a public-private partnership. This is to ensure the provision of standard health facilities. The agreement was signed here on Thursday in a ceremony held at Chief Minister House.
Chief executive officer of the Indus Hospital, Dr Abdul Bari Khan signed the agreement to run the district headquarters (DHQ) hospital in Badin, whereas Prof Dr Ghaffar Billoo from HANDS signed on to run DHQ hospitals in Bin Qasim, Gadap Town and Khairpur.
Dr Sadia Qureshi of the Aman Foundation will be in charge of operating ambulance services in all districts and Dr Asim Mahmood of Integrated Health Services will be running all rural health centres (RHC), with the exception of RHCs in Thatta and Sujawal and tehsil headquarters (THQ) of Nawabshah, Larkana and Shahdadkot. Mr Mansoor Baloch on behalf of Merlin, an international health charity, signed on to run RHCs, THQs and DHQs at Thatta, Sujawal, Mirpurkhas and THQ Ghulam Shah Lakhi. The special secretary for health Dr Khalid Shaikh was present to sign the agreement on behalf of the Sindh government.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, health minister Jam Mehtab Dahar, finance minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Dr Sikandar Mandhro and Chief Secretary Muhammad Siddique Memon, various senior officers along with eminent personalities from the medical fraternity attended the ceremony.
He pointed out that the PPP government has practically implemented this idea and innovative strategy not only to provide standard health facilities to the poor at their doorstep, but also to enhance the capacity building of public health facilities.
“Let us succeed in this new innovative concept in the interest of the common man,” he added and said that the purpose of health organisations, in private and public sectors, was to provide better health facilities; this agreement now provides a joint platform to both.
He added that the PPP government was giving top priority to health and education and has so far invested billions of rupees to promote these sectors. He shared his optimism, believing that the people of Sindh would greatly benefit from this new venture.