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Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) arranges CERT Response Challenge

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) arranged “CERT Response Challenge”, to test the level of preparedness, knowledge, and skills of the teams existing at the village level.

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CERT Response Challenge by AKAH Pakistan in Gilgit-Baltistan

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) arranged “CERT Response Challenge”, to test the level of preparedness, knowledge, and skills of the teams existing at the village level Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) arranged a “Response Challenge” for the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) to test their level of preparedness and skills to deal with a disaster situation at the village level.

Representatives of local administration and partners including Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GBDMA), Rescue 1122 and other stakeholders including leaders of voluntary bodies and Civil Society Organizations attended the event held in Karimabad, Hunza, last Sunday.

CERT Response Challenge by AKAH Pakistan in Gilgit-Baltistan

Over 45 volunteers representing Community Emergency Response Teams of Aliabad, Hyderabad, Altit, Karimabad, Nasirabad, and Gulmit Gojal, participated in the CERT Response Challenge. A jury of three judges assessed and marked these teams for their knowledge and its application for a given disaster scenario to respond.

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) arranged “CERT Response Challenge”, to test the level of preparedness, knowledge, and skills of the teams existing at the village level Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) arranged a “Response Challenge” for the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) to test their level of preparedness and skills to deal with a disaster situation at the village level.

CERT Response Challenge by AKAH Pakistan in Gilgit-Baltistan

Representatives of local administration and partners including Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GBDMA), Rescue 1122 and other stakeholders including leaders of voluntary bodies and Civil Society Organizations attended the event held in Karimabad, Hunza, last Sunday. Click Here! Find Applications Here! Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) arranges CERT Response Challenge Over 45 volunteers representing Community Emergency Response Teams of Aliabad, Hyderabad, Altit, Karimabad, Nasirabad, and Gulmit Gojal, participated in the CERT Response Challenge.

A jury of three judges assessed and marked these teams for their knowledge and its application for a given disaster scenario to respond. Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) arranges CERT Response Challenge The participants were expected to respond to the disaster scenario by applying techniques of search and rescue, evacuating victims to safe places, provision of first aid and transportation critical cases to a nearby hospital. The CERTs had to reflect on the scenario and plan their response strategies within a given timeframe.

The response by CERT Nasirabad / Shinaki by marked as first whereas CERT Gulmit stood second. Addressing the closing ceremony, Mr. Fareed Ahmed, Director General for GBDMA, congratulated the teams for their excellent performances. Also, he expressed the wish to introduce such kind of local-level teams throughout GB under his department by acquiring technical support from Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) in the future.

Nawab Ali Khan, CEO AKAH Pakistan, addressing at the event.

Mr. Nawab Ali Khan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), AKAH- Pakistan, appreciated the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) for their performance at the competition as well as for their time and voluntary services for the communities across disaster-prone areas of Gilgit – Baltistan. He further added that AKAH Pakistan in collaboration with Rescue 1122 headquarters in Lahore arranges training and competitions for the teams to improve their knowledge and capacities and to keep them prepared for unexpected happenings.

Since these village-level teams are the 1st responders in emergencies so AKAH will continue to add value to their skills and capacities in the coming years. He also thanked the local government, Pakistan Army, NDMA and department heads of GBDMA, Rescue 1122 and other NGOs for the continuous support extended to AKAH.

For the last many years, AKAH has trained over 40,000 volunteers at the community level to respond to disasters and help people in need. These 52 CERTs are helping communities through a door to door education on winter preparedness, raising disaster awareness and importance of emergency evacuation and also providing first aid on need basis. 

GBee Staff keeps you updated with the latest happenings in Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral regions of Pakistan.

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Campaigning in schools for better hygiene on Global Handwashing Day

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Kids perform at Global Handwashing Day 2019 in Gilgit

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), in collaboration with other agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), government agencies and voluntary bodies, facilitated events in schools across Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan to celebrate Global Handwashing Day. These activities aimed at raising awareness about healthy and hygienic practices including the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. 

The theme for Global Handwashing Day 2019 is “Clean Hands for All,” reminding us that the simple message of proper handwashing for better health has yet to be spread to all. In local schools and communities awareness-raising sessions, handwashing demonstrations and school plays have reached around 5,000 students, parents, and school faculty.

Children and schools play a key role in spreading greater awareness about health and hygiene. In over 600 communities in Pakistan, AKAH has implemented health and hygiene education through its School Health Improvement Programme, benefitting over half a million people.

Nawab Ali Khan, AKAH CEO stated:

“AKAH has reached over half a million people through its health and hygiene education programme focusing on personal, domestic and environmental hygiene and the numbers increase every year. Handwashing is a key component of our health and hygiene programme and this year we are celebrating it as a complement to the prime minister’s vision of clean and green Pakistan.”

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Chitral as part of their Royal Tour in Pakistan

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Chitral, Pakistan
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew from Islamabad to Chitral on their third day of Royal tour in Pakistan. This is the first royal tour of Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton to Pakistan.

The two were welcomed with traditional Chitrali Pakol, a traditional Chitrali cap, and Chitrali Chogha, a traditional long coat in often presented to dignitaries, at the Chitral Airport.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Chitral Airport
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Chitral Airport where they were presented with traditional Chitrali cap and Chitrali Chogha. Photo: WireImage

The royal couple had landed in Islamabad on Monday evening as part of a 5-day long royal tour in Pakistan. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a busy first day in the capital where they had a meeting with Prime  Minister Imran Khan. Earlier, the royal couple visited Islamabad Model College for Girls, a government-run school in the capital city.

Later, the British High Commissioner for Pakistan Thomas Drew hosted a reception for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Pakistan Monument in Islamabad. The royal couple arrived at Pakistan Monument in an auto-rickshaw.

Duchess of Cambridge in Chitrali Cap
The Duchess of Cambridge at Chitral Airport wearing a traditional Chitrali cap and Chitrali Chogha.

The Duke had spoken of the challenges Pakistan faces from climate change at a reception at Pakistan Monument in Islamabad.

“Tomorrow we will be seeing some of these impacts first hand and meeting some of the communities adjusting to the new realities and new challenges that climate change has brought to their towns and villages,” he said.

He further added:

“I hope to learn what more we all can do to help prevent and mitigate this impending global catastrophe.”

William and Kate are also expected to visit Gilgit-Baltistan and the historic city of Lahore as part of their royal tour.

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