14th September 2017 – A German delegation comprising Dr. Norbert Kloppenburg, Member of the Executive Board of KfW Group, Mr. Christian Krämer, Director of the Pakistan/Afghanistan Department, Mr. Wolfgang Möllers, Dirctor KfW Pakistan Office and Dr. Masuma Zaidi, the Project Coordinator Health Sector at KfW, visited the Afghan Refugee Clinic Islamabad.
The Clinic is being managed by Greenstar Social Marketing with KfW support since 2012 at the Afghan Refugee settlement in sector H-12 Islamabad. The estimated population of this settlement and its catchment area is around 10,000. GSM is providing basic Mother and Child Health (MCH) services to this community including the required medicines. KfW support for the ARC ended in June 2017 after which Greenstar has been managing the operations from its own resources.
The delegation was welcomed at the ARC by Dr. Azizur Rab who was accompanied by Mr. Muzaffar Mahmood Qurashi, Dr. Asif Ejaz, Dr. Haroon Ibrahim, Dr. Sanam Gul and Mr. Jawad Mansoor from GSM. The elders of the Afghan Community were also present on this occasion. The delegation walking tour of the Afghan Camp so they could understand the demographics and living conditions of the community. The visit concluded at the Afghan Refugee Clinic where Dr. Rab presented the background and achievements of GSM in partnership with KfW over the past two decades. Dr. Norbert appreciated GSM’s extensive work for the development of the people of Pakistan through diverse health interventions.
The delegation also met the community elders and had a detailed discussion with them regarding their issues and way forward. The representatives of Community Health Committee (CHC) for the ARC extended their gratitude to Greenstar and KfW for the provision of health services in the refugee settlement. They also requested KfW and Greenstar to further scale-up the services at the clinic and include delivery and laboratory services as well.
Dr. Norbert said that KfW will not only look into scaling-up the services at the clinic but would also think about resolving the transportation issue of the community.
The visit was concluded by vote of thanks from the CEO.