MOCC, UNICEF, GIZ, WaterAid and Unilever collaborate to mark Global Handwashing Day in Pakistan

Web Desk 12:39 PM | 15 Oct, 2022
MOCC, UNICEF, GIZ, WaterAid and Unilever collaborate to mark Global Handwashing Day in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – On Global Handwashing Day, the Ministry of Climate Change, GIZ, UNICEF, Unilever and WaterAid collaborate to sensitise the Pakistani population on the importance of handwashing with soap to prevent infectious diseases.

Officials from MOCC, UNICEF, GIZ, WaterAid, and Unilever organized “National Dialogue on Behaviour Change & Hand Hygiene for All in Pakistan.”

The event aimed to raise awareness and commitment to promote handwashing as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. It started with hand washing demonstration presented to the participants followed by panel discussion on the topic ‘Our Future is at Hand – Let’s Move Forward Together’ comprised of experts from UNICEF Pakistan, GIZ, WaterAid Pakistan, Ministry of Health and Unilever.

The event further included the launch of the National WASH Behavior Change Communication (BCC) strategy, and the dissemination of the Hand Hygiene for All roadmap to provinces.

Panelists included Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change Ms. Naz Baloch, along with experts from UNICEF Pakistan, GIZ, WaterAid Pakistan, and Unilever.  

Ms. Naz Baloch, Parliamentary Secretary on Climate Change speaking at the event urged sector partners to play a collective role and educate the masses about adopting and developing the habit of handwashing. “Government is committed to promote and implement the Hand Hygiene for All roadmap and will always support such initiatives in future. But now is the time when the support of WASH Sector partners is critically needed to”, she further added.

Mr Ziggy Kugedera, WASH Specialist from UNICEF indicated that according to the 2020JMP report, over 40 million people in Pakistan lack access to handwashing facilities with water and soap and disparities exist between the poor and the rich. At least 90% of those in urban areas have access to basic handwashing stations while 74% have in rural areas. The situation has been exacerbated by the floods which washed away WASH facilities. “Already, diarrhea infections especially among children have been reported in flood-affected areas hence handwashing becomes more important to save lives. This is everyone's responsibility, including government, private sector, men, and women including children” he remarked. UNICEF re-iterates its commitment to support the government of Pakistan in rolling out the Hand Hygiene for All roadmap to achieve universal handwashing by 2030.

Arif Jabbar Khan, Country Director - of WaterAid Pakistan discussed the role of Behaviour Change Communication and emphasized that “understanding the triggers of unhygienic behaviors and the bottlenecks that prevent marginalized communities from practicing hygienic behaviors are central to achieving Hand Hygiene for All”. “We also need to work with influencers from different fields who can model behavior change and help with achieving our common goals”, Mr. Khan added.

Meanwhile, representatives of government, NGOs, INGOs, donor agencies, academia, corporate sector, and the media also attended the event.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 4, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.9 283.2
Euro EUR 300.98 301.58
UK Pound Sterling GBP 337.01 337.71
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 189 192
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 200 202.2
China Yuan CNY 39.67 39.73
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.30

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,200 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,930.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Karachi PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Islamabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Peshawar PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Quetta PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sialkot PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Attock PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujranwala PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Jehlum PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Multan PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Bahawalpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujrat PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nawabshah PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Chakwal PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Hyderabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nowshehra PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sargodha PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Faisalabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Mirpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430


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