Project Directorate Health under the administrative control of Commissioner Afghan Refugees KPK, Provide health services in Afghan Refugees villages (ARVs) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.
The services are provided with the collaboration of the NGOs - Handicap International (HI) & IMC whereas the malnutrition survey is being carried out in different camps with the collaboration of UNICEF.
Our primary aspect of operation as usual was reinforcement of the preventive sides of medical practice and providing linkages with the community in order to disseminate information on public health measures.
Goals: To improve the health status of the population in Afghan Refugee camps ensuring access to high-quality primary health care.
· Medical (consultation)
· Mother and child healthcare
· Reproductive health including HIV/AIDs
· Expanded Program on Immunization
· Malaria, Dengue, Leishmaniasis
· First Aid
· Health Education
To view the category-wise monthly progress report for the month of May, 2023 of Project Directorate Health in 16 BHUs, please click PDH Report May 2023.pdf
The Community Development Unit engages in community based protection related activities which is an integral part of the project. Special emphasis is given to community self-sustainability in RVs, leading to their empowerment. The situation of women is improved by their meaningful participation in decision-making, peace-building and strengthening women leadership role in the community. CDU continues to facilitate and encourage multi-functional teams in addressing specific protection cases and related issues during 2022. All relevant IPs are facilitated by CDU team in providing legal assistance coupled with other services to refugee victims. CDU also continues to promote Livelihood programmes purely on self-help basis. International Days are celebrated in RVs to spread more awareness and understanding in the community. Efforts are being made to reach out and respond to the needs of refugee’s especially women, girls and youth to design programmes for constructive and productive alternatives. Efforts are also made to identify unaccompanied and separated minors to save them from becoming street children, exploitation and abuse.
The Community Development Unit (CDU) works in coordination with UNHCR CBP and continues to encourage the involvement of PoCs in developmental activities with the aim to lead to their empowerment and self-reliance. Multiple type of trainings are imparted to male and female committees after its formation. Community members are involved to play an active role in polio vaccination campaigns, sports competitions and celebration of international days. Besides, the following implementation arrangements are made to achieve the output.
• Training is provided to 926 outreach volunteers on CBP from phase 1 to phase 5. As such 43 training sessions are conducted for OVs (approx. 20 OVs per session) on the themes of CBP principle, identification, community participation, mapping, coordination, code of conduct, role and responsibilities, children/women rights
• A total of 400 community members are provided trainings on computer skills and English language course, (i.e. 200 members in Haripur community centres and 200 in Khazana community centres
• A total of 43 male camp management committee and 43 female social welfare committees are formed
• A total of 1290 PoCs (645 male camp management committee & 645 female social welfare committees) are provided training on Community fund management, record keeping, event management, children/women rights, reporting and dispute resolution
• 1,60 information sessions are conducted on GBV, child protection, children and women wherein 27,500 participants are involved in these awareness sessions
• Various events including Woman day, International Refugee’s Day and 16 days activism are celebrated in RVs
• All relevant organizations /NGOs/ INGOs working for refugees in RVs are facilitated
• In close coordination with UNHCR, the PWSN list is updated/categorized
• Protection related cases are identified and referred to concerned organizations, i.e. Child protection home KP, Social welfare Department KP as well as Relevant IPs
The aim of the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas Programme (RAHA), is to promote regional stability and compensate for the social, economic and environmental consequences wrought on Pakistani communities by the presence of more than 3 million Afghans over the past 30 years. For the 1.7 million registered Afghans remaining in Pakistan after the large-scale repatriation since 2002, the programme will promote peaceful co-existence with local communities until conditions in Afghanistan are conducive for their return.
The overall objective of the RAHA programme is to improve livelihood, rehabilitate the environment and enhance social cohesion within communities of refugee-affected and hosting areas. Public services will be improved and policies made more effective by strengthening the capacities of the government, community institutions and vulnerable groups. The UN One Programme crosscutting issues relating to human rights, gender equality, civil society engagement and refugees will be addressed. Peaceful co-existence between the communities will safeguard a more predictable stay for Afghans until they can return to Afghanistan.
The programme adopts a bottom-up participatory approach based on community development and social cohesion. Civil society organizations and NGOs will facilitate social mobilization and strengthen the capacities of communities to plan, implement and manage their resources. Small to medium scale community infrastructure projects will be undertaken targeting the indentified community needs. Line government departments, primarily at the district and sub-district levels, will provide a range of support services. Employment and income generating activities will from part of the agricultural and environmental rehabilitation programmes, with emphases on the special needs of vulnerable groups, especially women.
The Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) is a focal ministry being member for the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Joint Programme Steering Committee. SAFRON also co-chairs the Federal Task Force for RAHA JPC through Secretary SAFRON. The joint Programme Component Task Force is the Strategic oversight body for the RAHA initiative. Strategic orientation and approvals of annual work plans, budgetary allocations within RAHA and annual reports are some of the key responsibilities of this Task Force.
The Commissioner Afghan Refugees (CAR) chairs the Provincial Task Force for the Refugee Hosting Areas Component. The Provincial Task Force supervises monitors and coordinates programme activities in the respective provinces. The Provincial Task Forces, among other tasks, approve provincial work plans and budgets, review provincial progress and financial reports, and approve project proposals up to Rs. 5 million before submitting to the CCCAR Islamabad for final endorsement. All members of the Provincial Task Force will ensure consultations within their institutions as appropriate for effective decision making. Provincial CAR will prepare and compile proposals in consultations with relevant government departments and submit them to CCAT Islamabad for project exceeding Rs. 5 million for approval.
The RAHA Unit will deal with the Refugee Hosting Areas (RHA) component of the RAHA Development Initiative.
The Unit will maintain a close liaison with CCAR, Islamabad; SDU-P&DD, Peshawar; Government Line Departments; Local and Afghan Communities; Local, National and International NGOs; UNHCR, KFW,GTZ, UNDP and UNICEF.
The RAHA Program will be monitored and evaluated by the Unit’s technical staff. The RAHA Unit will also enhance; on the job skills of its own team members and that of the representatives from the government line departments and implementing partners, inclusive of civil society organizations.
The RAHA Unit will conduct meetings of the PTF, CWG, implementing partners, community representatives and government line agencies; on a regular bases. The Unit will also conduct quarterly review meetings and undertake visits to the project areas in order to assess the financial and physical progress of projects. In addition, the Unit will facilitate the executing agencies in problem shooting and course correction.
The RAHA Cell was reconstituted on 1st May 2010 and since then is being funded by UNHCR.
The Assistant Program Officer in UNHCR, Sub-Office Peshawar, will act as focal person for the RAHA Unit in CAR, KP. The Commissioner Afghan Refugees, KP, will head the Unit. The Unit will report to the Additional Commissioner Logistics, KP, (Focal Point-RAHA) and will work directly under the administrative control of CAR, KP, Audits by Government and UNHCR will regulate the budgetary affairs of the program.
The mandate of Commissionerate Afghan Refugees KP is currently further extended beyond camps to refugee’s concentrated urban areas in KP. For this purpose,