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

12:39 PM | 15 Oct, 2022
MOCC, UNICEF, GIZ, WaterAid and Unilever collaborate to mark Global Handwashing Day in Pakistan
Source: https://www.unilever.pk/

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.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
 
26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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