Steps needed to protect child during disasters: PDMA

MULTAN: Director Operations Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Ahmed Ranjwana has stressed the need for making serious steps for child protection in general and in disasters specifically.

He was addressing as chief guest at a one day training session on “Child Protection in Disasters” on Thursday at a local hotel.

The training was organized by Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Punjab in collaboration of UNICEF and LEAD Pakistan.

Referring to recent flood disasters in Pakistan, Director Operations said that this aspect has not given due priority however frameworks and policies are being prepared to protect and mainstream child issues.
Training coordinator Jawad Ullah explained United Nations Convention on Rights of Child (UNCRC) to participants and linked relevant to issues during emergencies.

While referring to his experience in recent emergencies, he sensitized participants with separated, accompanied and unaccompanied issues in local cultural and religious context. Issue of birth registration, distribution of relief items to under-age un-accompanied children were discussed in detail.

During briefing on Draft Policy document on child protection, he said that National consultation has been done and draft is in final stages of approval at provincial level.

The training Workshop was attended by more than 60 representatives of 10 districts in Multan, Bahawalpur and Dera Ghazi Khan. These included Representatives of district government, Rescue 1122, line departments, TMA, PHED and civil society.

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