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Peshawar, Okara, Quetta, Sibi, Karachi and Sukkur Aurat Foundation potential response in context of COVID-19 in Pakistan , Peshawar, Okara, Quetta, Sibi, Karachi and Sukkur

Peshawar, Okara, Quetta, Sibi, Karachi and Sukkur

Peshawar, Okara, Quetta, Sibi, Karachi and Sukkur Aurat Foundation potential response in context of COVID-19 in Pakistan

The sudden emergence of a pandemic Covid-19 has further exposed the vulnerabilities of poor and vulnerable section of society in Pakistan. Even before pandemic, poor were specially suffering due to slowing down of the economy, rising inflation and loss of jobs for manual and physical labour making specially women headed families at high risk and suffering from multidimensional inequality of opportunities.

It appears that in the absence of any vaccine in the world, the virus will continue to damage world’s most populous countries and nations, it will melt down their economies, put their current level of development decades back and might introduce demographic imbalance in coming days. Social and political unrest, deteriorating law and order situation and health catastrophes as predicted by a UN report might also occur as spillover effect of the epidemic.
Aurat Foundation Peshawar office team played their philanthropy role on voluntary basis to protect the most affected vulnerable populations in order address the most pressing needs. These include social service organizations focused on supporting low-income households, small businesses, immigrants, refugees, older adults, people with disabilities, and other communities vulnerable to the physical health, mental health and economic impacts of the pandemic.

AF Peshawar office arranged funds from different sources (friends and family) and distributed food item packages among 350 women. Approximately 100 persons (80 women and 20 men) were supported with cash grant from 3000 to 26000 rupees. Small business was also established for two deserving persons to earn their livelihood. distributed the food items and cash.

Aurat Foundation JAZBA team focused following probes, exploring new set of information to mark interventions necessary for women’s well-being, these were:

*  Knowledge (of women) about COVID -19 relief programs
*  Registration of marginalized women with government relief programs
*  Benefits of relief programs to marginalized women
*  Sectoral distribution of marginalized women benefitting from government run programs
*  Priority needs of women workers
*  Incidence of violence against women
*  Availability of health services to women in public hospitals
*  Preferences for pregnant women in the context of COVID-19
*  Community satisfaction level with the delivery of relief and assistance

In addition to sessions, AF JAZBA team identified 30 families from each district are selected for humanitarian assistance. Overall, 360 families will be benefited from humanitarian assistance initiatives. (5*30*12=1800) On average 5 persons from one family and aggregate of 4000 persons will benefit from the project initiatives.