- Support to Torture Victims in Covid-19 Pandemic
- Supporting the Torture Victims in this time of Need...
- Let’s join hands to support the Torture victims!
- Theater for Development on “Right to Choose”
- Medical camp for the less privileged community! Lahore
- SACH – Struggle for Change holds a medical camp for the less privileged community!
- SACH – Struggle for Change holds medical camp for “Torture Survivors”
- Theatre for Development” Conducted as Part of Torture Prevention Initiatives in Police Force
Immediate release: 18th May 2020.
Islamabad - SACH - Struggle for Change arranged medical camps and awareness programs on Covid-19 with torture victims residing in refugee camps, Bari-imam, Maha-abadi and other less privileged colonies of Islamabad. The beneficiaries included victims from the communities of refugees, transgender and minorities.
These victims were provided basic medications, immune boosters, masks, sanitizers and detergents for prevention and protection against Covid-19. Along with this, they were also guided precautions to avoid contraction of this deadly pandemic.
SACH extends it's complete support to the torture victims in this of need and is extremely thankful to the European Union for its generous support in this regard.Read More
Immediate Release: 21-04-2010
Islamabad - SACH-struggle for Change conducted a field visit to facilitate the torture victims residing in a refugee colony in I-12 (ICT). The purpose of the visit was to guide and support the torture survivors on prevention and protection against Covid-19 and to distribute among them some immune boosters, face masks, detergents, disinfectants and some basic medicines to coop with common cough, flue and fever. Along with this, the Torture victims were provided knowledge regarding the covid-19 contraction and how they could save themselves by following simple methods of maintaining hygiene and practicing protocols of social distancing. SACH is gratified to the European Union for its generous support and looks forward to further help and support the torture victims during this pandemicRead More
SACH - Struggle for Change, Islamabad - The Coronavirus pandemic has threatened millions of lives though out the globe. Despite many efforts, this deadly disease is spreading continuously and putting the lives of many people at risk including the torture victims. In this situation of despair, torture victims are most vulnerable to cater this disease because of their lack of awareness, poor socioeconomic status and absence of cooperation from other sectors of the society. SACH extends its continuous support with kind cooperation of The European Union to these torture survivors and stands with the government and all other non-governmental institutions which are working for protection and prevention against this disease in these less privileged communities.
SACH is committed to supporting torture victims in current scenario of Covid-19. It believes that the torture survivors may be finding it very hard to coop with current situation. As shared by majority of them, they have very less resources to make their both ends meet. This pandemic has not only brought upon them unemployment due to the enforced lockdown but also a biological hazard that could affect their communities in a devastating way. During our medical camps with torture victims residing in twin cities (ICT and RWP District), it was observed that their crowded colonies, poor sanitary conditions and use of contaminated water, poor hygiene andlack of medical facilities may contribute to a wider spread of this disease.
The most common symptoms include a running nose, dry cough, fever and fatigue. Other symptoms include headache, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. In severe cases individuals show symptoms of progressive shortness of breath, persistent chest pain, delirium and hemoptysis. The virus mainly transmits between people during close contact by respiratory droplets produced during coughing and sneezing by the infected person. It also spreads by touching infected surfaces followed by touching eyes, nose, face and mouth.
To cater this disease, SACH recommends the following precautionary measure to torture victims:
- Avoid close physical interaction(handshakes, embracement) with individuals. Maintain a safe distance of 6ft atleast.
- Washing clothes and shoes with any detergent/bleach available in the market. The pavements within the communities are narrow with poor drainage systems. Special care must be taken while movement to avoid contact with contaminated and polluted water.
- Use of any kind of soap for washing hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Covering the mouth and nose at the time of coughing or sneezing. Never sneeze/cough directly onto someone. Stay inside and minimize family/religious gatherings to avoid contraction.
- Children should be urged to stay at homes because their immune system is comparatively weaker making them more prone to this disease.
- Seek urgent medical advice if any of the symptomsappear. Approach your nearest medical centers or government helpline in this case.
- Avoid all overcrowded grocery/medical stores. Maintain safe distance. Use currency notes with proper care and wash hands after any transaction.
- In Prisons, social distancing protocols should bestrictly practiced (avoiding handshakes and hugs) and prisoners should be provided with immune boosters (Vitamin-C, Vitamin-E, Zinc Sulphate etc).Awareness regarding the spread and nature of the disease must be delivered to prisoners.
- Elderly people and those suffering from co-morbids (Diabetes mellitus, Cardiac Disease, Asthma, Renal Disease, Liver disease etc) should stay at home, maintain social distancing and avoid unnecessary doctors/hospitals visits We request you to stay at home and protect yourself and your loved ones. Health is wealth!
For Immediate Release: October, 7th2019
Islamabad – SACH – Struggle for Change presented a theatre for Development on “Right to Choose” at Pakistan National Council of the Arts School (PNCA), ICT in collaboration with British High Commission on Tuesday, 1stof October 2019. This theatre was arranged to bring awareness on social issues. It consisted of acts on real life scenarios on issues pertaining to violation of rights. SACH – Struggle for change is striving in spreading awareness by arranging developmental programs by engaging professionals and youth to understand their rights and responsibilities. One of the basic rights of an individual is to marry. The theatre play highlighted the roles, responsibilities and harmful traditional practices related to the marriage institution. The play was attended by 200+ attendees including youth from different educational institutes.
Published: January 07,2020
Lahore: Two-day medical camp was arranged by SACH - Struggle for Change with a Labour community at Sadar Cant (New officer Colony) Lahore on Jan 06,07 2020. The basic purpose of the camp was to provide medical facilitation to the less privileged community at their door step. Around 30 to 50 people were examined that days and were given free counseling and medications. SACH has been arranging medical camps in different parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the welfare of torture survivors. Few glimpses of the medical camp can be seen in the pictures above.
Published: August 24, 2019
ISLAMABAD: A one-day medical camp was arranged by SACH - Struggle for Change with a transgender community at Meharabadi, G-12 ICT on August 23, 2019. The basic purpose of the camp was to provide psychological and medical facilitation to the under privileged community at their door step. The trans-genders of Pakistan have been victimized and tortured for many decades. Around 30 trans-genders were examined that day and were given free counseling and medications. SACH has been arranging medical camps for years in different parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the welfare of torture survivors. Few glimpses of the medical camp can be seen in the pictures below.
Published: August 29, 2019
ISLAMABAD: A one-day medical camp was arranged by SACH - Struggle for Change at a village in Haripur District, Chappar road, KP on August 28, 2019. The basic purpose of the camp was to provide quality healthcare facilities to victims of torture at their door step.It was part of EU’s efforts for social uplift and community service of Torture survivors in less privileged areas. Many patients were examined and were given free counseling and medicines.
For Immediate Release: July, 26, 2019
Islamabad – Noble policing involves respecting human rights and upholding the rule of law and requires that the police as an integral part of the criminal justice system respects and upholds the rights and liberty of individuals. Today, we live in a democratic country, and the police being a vital component of the state need to operate according to democratic norms. SACH – Struggle for Change, an Islamabad-based NGO presented a Theatre for Development in Regional Police Training School, Malakand Swat (KP) in collaboration with The European Union as part of its interventions in an EIDHR projecton Sunday, 28th of July 2019.The venue of the theatre was Police Training School, Swat. The theme of the play was based on Fundamental Human Rights which included acts on effective policing and FIR, torture and its effects, physical and judicial remand and police –public relationship. The intervention has been aimed to guide police force in performance of their duties while observing and protecting human rights and managing the stress encountered as a result of professional duties.The audience included police officers from different districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwah. SACH sensitized around 400 police officers on issues pertaining to existence of torture and persuaded them to adopt ways of effective and honest policing to establish a torture free society. The performance was designed to be interactive that enabled mutual information sharing between performers and practitioners regarding experiences and problems faced during law enforcement, providing guidance to the followers and people to come.
At the end of the theatre, SACH presented shields to Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Tanoli (Director PTS) and Mr. Kaleem Ullah (Admin officer - RTT) for their support.
Ms. Khalida Salimi, Executive Director – SACH, stated her resolve that the Government should be reminded that no exceptions whatsoever may be supplicated to justify acts of torture by state authorities. The bar against torture applies universally, including in the context of fighting terrorism, and the UN Convention against Torture is one of the most important and binding human rights instrument to minimize and eradicate torture practices in Pakistan. Shecommitted that SACH will keep rallying all means to protect everyone who has ever been, or continue to be exposed to this repugnant human rights violation and stand by all those who very courageously engage against this crime through awareness raising or support to victims.SACH is extremely grateful to the authorities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwah Police for sparing the participants for the much needed exposure