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A delegation of MQM Pakistan led by Farooq Sattar called on the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Karachi on Saturday.The current situation in Karachi was discussed in the meeting.It was agreed in the meeting that all the political parties should ...

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WHO Mental Health Gap Action Program Pilot District Implementation Planning Workshop, Islamabad

Islamabad, August 11, 2017 (PPI-OT): Implementation of WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme provides an evidence-based solution to bridge the existing huge treatment gap in mental, neurological and substance use disorders in Pakistan. This was the consensus achieved during a two-day planning for implementation of WHO Mental Health Gap Action Plan (mhGAP) in four selected districts of Pakistan namely Hyderabad in Sindh, Quetta in Balochistan, Rawalpindi in the Punjab and Peshawar in KPK.

Following the Training of Trainers (TOTs) held in December 2016, the Ministry of National health Services, Regulation and Coordination (MoNHSR and C) supported by WHO Collaborating Center for Mental Health, located in the Institute of Psychiatry (IOP) Rawalpindi and WHO Country Office Pakistan organized this planning exercise aimed at developing a detailed plan of action for the training of General Physicians (GPs) at Tehsil level and separate trainings for paramedical staff in the relevant PHC facilities in each of the selected pilot district. The planning workshop was participated by a group of Master Trainers along with district managers from pilot districts.

The mhGAP planning workshop started with the presentation of Dr. Mohammad Assai, WHO Representative in Pakistan, who advocated for integrated people-centred health services for the implementation of mhGAP in the model districts. A team from the IOP headed by Prof Fareed Minhas facilitated this workshop. The objective of the workshop is to review the mhGAP training material, brainstorm on the next steps and come out with a clear roadmap for the cascade trainings in the selected Tehsils of the pilot districts.

Dr. Safi Director implementation Ministry of National health services, regulation and Coordination briefed the participants of the Government commitment and the process adopted for the implementation of this initiative in Pakistan. Professor Fareed highlighted the magnitude of the mental health disorders and alarmingly low number of health workforce in Pakistan.

The participants worked in groups to come out with detailed implementation plan of action for their respective areas of jurisdiction. They held detailed discussions and presented a draft plan of action showing details as to who would be doing what, when, where and how (venues, tentative training dates for the GPs and paramedics, number of trainees in each workshop, the needed materials, training methodology and who would be doing what.

It was tentatively decided that the GP’s trainings would be held during September-October and for paramedics during November-December. The participants also discussed in detail the supervision and monitoring plan. The provincial Governments will evaluate the pilot studies and scale up integration of Mental Health in PHC through developing and funding PC1s.

For more information, contact:
National Information Officer
United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-8355720
Cell: +92-300-8553790
Email: ishrat.rizvi@unic.org

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Pakistan Rangers Punjab along with Punjab Police conducted Intelligence Based Operations in Lahore, Rawalpindi and Dera Ghazi Khan and apprehended nine suspects for their involvement in recent terrorist activities in Punjab.Source: Radio Pakistan

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Four more cabinet members sworn in

Another four members of thefederal cabinet took oath of their offices in a ceremony heldat the President House here Thursday.Among the cabinet members who were sworn-in comprisedtwo federal ministers and two ministers of state.Daniyal Aziz elected from...

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American Embassy sponsors Tech Camp for Persons with Disabilities

Islamabad, August 10, 2017 (PPI-OT): American Ambassador David Hale visited a Tech Camp today through which individuals with disabilities learned how to use new technologies in their daily lives. The American Embassy collaborated with the Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) to develop this two-day camp, which included sessions on the effective use of social media for advocacy and income generation, video filming and editing tools, and the use of mobile phone apps designed for persons with disabilities, among other topics.

Ambassador Hale encouraged participants to take advantage of their new technical skills to share their personal stories and to raise awareness about the rights of individuals with disabilities. “I hope you will take full advantage of the new technologies and tools that you discover during this camp,” Ambassador Hale said. “Technology can play a vital role in increasing access for disabled persons to information, employment, and opportunities for civic participation.”

In addition to this week’s Tech Camp, the American Embassy supports a variety of initiatives to empower Pakistani individuals with disabilities. For example, the American Embassy recently sent two groups of exchange program participants to the United States in collaboration with Mobility International USA and STEP to learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act and about independent living in the United States.

During the Tech Camp, STEP Director Projects Abia Akram thanked the American Embassy for supporting the Tech Camp and other initiatives benefiting Pakistanis with disabilities. “STEP appreciates the American Embassy’s long-term support for Pakistani individuals with disabilities,” Akram said. “Through this Tech Camp, we are giving disabled individuals valuable new knowledge and tools that can improve the quality of their life and help them raise public awareness about the valuable contributions of persons with disabilities to Pakistani society.”

For more information, contact:
Information Office Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
U.S. Embassy, Islamabad- Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-2082911, +92-51-2081136
Cell: +92-300-5012640
Fax: +92-51-2278607
Email: webmasterisb@state.gov

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