Dhok Hassu Health Camp

September 20, 2016
Under its Urban Poverty initiative Akhter Hameed Khan Resource Center (AHKRC) organized 2nd quarterly Health Camp on Saturday, 3rd September, 2016, in UC-5 Dhok Hassu Rawalpindi – with the coordination of Research and Development Solutions (RADS). The health camp brought together the resources and expertise of public and private organizations working in health sector specifically for maternal and child health. They included Population Welfare Department, Rahnuma- FPAP, Sightsavers International and Rotary International - Rawalpindi chapter. Chairman UC 5 - Dr. Shafqat Hussain, facilitated in arranging for the venue by opening his residence to set up stalls/stations for the teams of doctors from participating organizations. There were three main Service stalls at the Health Camp. General health issues were catered by the team of doctors from Rahnuma – Family Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP), who were later joined by the volunteer nursing graduates from Shifa Medical College. Almost 700 people participated in the health camp. Amongst these were 560 registered participants including 270 children and 290 females. However, only a few men participated in the health camp, almost all of them elderly. Free contraceptive implants and IUCD insertions were available to the relevant patients. Thirteen women availed the facility of implants. Patients were given free medicine, some patients needing advance care were also referred to the FPAP clinic in Dhok Hassu.
Dr. Ayesha Khan is leading the country program assessment for UNFPA in order to identify lessons learnt and to contribute evidence for planning for the next cycle of country programming.
RADS has worked to establish urban research site in Rawalpindi. Dhok Hassu was mapped, its needs assessed and lately, a baseline survey of key indicators was conducted. The results would be made available shortly.
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Fragile Health Systems

December 12, 2015
Lecture on fragile health systems and community based solutions in urban settings by Dr. Adnan Khan at the HSA Annual Conference 2015
Fragile Health Systems

ICRW Study for PACE Baseline

September 28, 2015
RADS is helping the ICRW conduct a baseline study for the their PACE Project in Karachi. The PACE programme reaches out to women working in garment factories and teaches them a number of skills in personal efficacy. The results from previous 14 studies in 10 countries show great results not just for the women and their families but also for factories that implement these in terms of increased productivity and quality.
RADS will be presenting 6 abstracts.
New report on Urbanisation by the World Bank is out http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/pakistan/brief/leveraging-urbanization-pakistan and can be viewed at http://www.worldbank.org/southasiacities
RADS with the Akhter Hameed Khan Resource Centre is mapping an urban squatter settlement in Rawalpindi. Dhok Hassu/ Zia Colony is located adjacent to the Pirwadhai bus stand. Its total area is approximately 1.36 sqkm. We are using crowd sourcing techniques to estimate the number of households, population, those under 15 and under 5, the number of schools and healthcare providers. The first phase of the mapping was in June and was done with Community Engagement Programme of the NUST university. A second and confirmatory phase currently underway. Please visit this page for more news and figures.
Urban poverty is an often ignored yet significant development challenge as Pakistani cities face growing squatter settlements and increasing rural to urban migration for economic opportunities and a better life. Unlike their rural counterparts, urban poor lack key safety nets such as land, family and social networks, or income generation etc during the transition phase that can sometimes last up to 3-7 years. While aggregate health indicators for family planning (FP), reproductive health (RH) and immunisation are better in urban than in rural populations, the urban poor do worse than the rural poor . To address this emerging need, RADS is working with NUST Community Service Program to start an Urban Initiative in squatter settlements in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Urban poverty is an often ignored yet significant development challenge as Pakistani cities face growing squatter settlements and increasing rural to urban migration for economic opportunities and a better life. Unlike their rural counterparts, urban poor lack key safety nets such as land, family and social networks, or income generation etc during the transition phase that can sometimes last up to 3-7 years. While aggregate health indicators for family planning (FP), reproductive health (RH) and immunisation are better in urban than in rural populations, the urban poor do worse than the rural poor . To address this emerging need, RADS is working with NUST Community Service Program to start an Urban Initiative in squatter settlements in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

LUMS Internship Fair

February 20, 2015
Intern ship Fair was held on 20th February, 2015 at LUMS campus.The purpose of the fair was to provide an interaction platform to the students and different organizations, working in different sectors.Mr.Irfan and Ms.Safoora represented RADS in the event.

Dissemination Seminar

January 28, 2015
Population Council Dissemination Seminar will be held at Marriott Hotel Islamabad on 28 January, 2015.

RAF Annual Conference 2015

January 29, 2015
RAF Annual conference will be held in Sereena Hotel Islamabad on 29-30 January, 2015.

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