FOCUS USA SUPPORTS COVID-19 PREPARDNESS & PREVENTION ACTIVITIES IN TAJIKISTAN

TAJIKISTAN (March 2020) – FOCUS USA has secured funding for essential emergency medical supplies as well as communication efforts to raise awareness about the global coronavirus pandemic. The procured stock of essential supplies included 1,500 disposable gowns, 2,500 pairs of disposable shoe covers, 2,000 disposable caps, 2,500 surgical masks, 100 respirators, 6,000 pairs of gloves, 250 disposable coveralls, 90 goggles, 100 waterproof aprons, 50 waterproof boots, four thermo-scanners, 200 kilogram of hydrochloride, 30 kits of PPE, as well as medication. The funding has also helped distribute thousands of leaflets and … Read More

AKAH HELPS VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES MEET THEIR FOOD NEEDS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN PAKISTAN

PAKISTAN (March 2020) – The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) in Pakistan was enlisted as a member of the Pakistani national task force to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in the isolated mountain communities of Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan. FOCUS USA, which engages in crisis response and humanitarian relief through AKAH in developing countries, provided emergency funding to help AKAH Pakistan stockpile food to feed 4,000 households for two weeks. Medical supplies such as personal protective equipment and essential medicines were also provisioned to help support medical professionals and volunteers … Read More

AKAH ORGANIZES TRAINING FOR FEMALE RESCUERS IN DUSHANBE

Tajikistan, March 2019 – The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) helped support the efforts to launch a week-long training for female rescuers from Afghanistan and Tajikistan in March 2019.1  The training was held at the Republican Training Center of the Emergencies Committee which was led by professional instructors from the United Kingdom.  This is the first all-female training after the February 2018 signing of a protocol for cross-border cooperation for disaster preparedness and response to emergency situations between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.  Participants have developed new skills and learned methods … Read More

AVALANCHE SAFETY AND RESCUE TEAMS DEPLOYED IN GBAO

Tajikistan, February 2019 – Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), a region highly vulnerable to natural hazards, has a long history of being negatively impacted by the effects of disasters. Avalanche is among many other hazards that causes catastrophic accidents often leading to fatal consequences and leaving large segment of the population without shelter and means of survival in this mountainous area.  Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) in Tajikistan established 143 Avalanche Preparedness Teams (AVPT) in the region who work with Tajikistan’s Committee of Emergency Situation and Civil Defense (CoES) and … Read More

AKAH INVESTS IN CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT FOR SART

Pakistan, October 2018 – The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) in Pakistan collaborated with the United Kingdom International Search and Rescue (UKISAR) and the Punjab Emergency Service to organize a certification course for its Search and Rescue Teams (SART) in Lahore.1 26 SART members, which included both men and women, attended the seven day long training session.  The training was aimed to develop skills for urban search and rescue, water rescue, and powered rescue boat. FOCUS and AKAH have led the development and capacity building of regional Search and … Read More

COMMUNITY-BASED DISASTER RISK REDUCTION PROGRAMS

India, 2018 – Throughout 2018, villages in the coastal region in southern Gujarat have been a part of Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) India’s Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Programs (CBDRR).1 Over the course of the year, AKAH India has conducted Disaster Awareness Programs (DAP), formed Village Disaster Committee in each village, trained Community Emergency Response Team in each village, and conducted community-led Hazard, Vulnerability and Risk Assessments (HVRA). Alinawaz Nanjee, AKAH India’s CBDRR leader, notes that he was pleasantly surprised by the enthusiastic participation of the villagers in both HVRA mapping … Read More

First Aid, CPR and AED skills

USA, Ongoing – Focus Humanitarian Assistance USA supports volunteers in the community to receive training in First Aid, CPR and AED skills. Over the past three years, over 1,300 volunteers across the United States have received training and certification in these life-saving skills.

Fire Safety and Community Preparedness

USA, February 2017 – On average, fire departments in the United States respond to a fire every 23 seconds. To prepare communities, FOCUS-trained volunteers in Chicago, IL provided training on how to put out small fires. Individuals were taught how to use fire extinguishers and other essential information on fire safety. FOCUS-trained volunteers also teach community members about the importance of being prepared for disasters. Community members are taught about the importance of creating a family emergency plan, having a disaster kit with essential supplies, and staying informed of severe weather in … Read More

FOCUS and USAID Sign Agreement to Create Resilient Communities

Pakistan, January 2017 – The Department of Emergency Management (formerly FOCUS) of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH)  and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program initiated a project “Creating Resilient Communities in Shimshal Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan”.  The project, which aims to build resilience against the threat of glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) events in Shimshal valley, will build the capacity of community members in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM). The project also aims to conduct hazard and risk … Read More

FOCUS Delivers Relief Items to Takhar Province

Afghanistan, October 2016 – Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) donated 125 tents and 100 Non Food Item packages to the Governor of Takhar to support 750 Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Kunduz. The Governor of Takhar, Mohammad Yasin Zia, expressed his gratitude to Focus Humanitarian Assistance and other NGOs who are helping with the response on the ground. “There are over 5,000 people arriving in Taloqan,” he said, “these tents will provide shelter for the IDPs from Kunduz, we cannot let women and children sleep in the open because we do … Read More