Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company inks agreement with Health Foundation for a Hepatitis-free Block-II

Islamabad, September 09, 2016 (PPI-OT): As one of the many interventions to support Thar community and introduce sustainable health facilities, Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC)has signed an agreement with the Health Foundation pledging to eradicate Hepatitis B and C from its area of operations in and around Thar Coal Block-II.

SECMC, recognizing the importance of fighting this life threatening disease is working with Health Foundation since 2015, and is now extending the Campaign in five additional villages of Gurrano area. The partnership between both organizations will reinforce SECMC’s pledge to put its communities at the forefront of all project related activity and is one of the many health interventions to be carried out in the area by the Company. The program will seek to completely eradicate Hepatitis B and C in Block II by June 2017.

The extended campaign will immunize a total of 10,500 people – approximately 6,500 from Block II and around 4,000 from extended areas including Gurrano – bringing the total to over 18,000 locals under the free vaccination program. Dr. Laila Rizvi, Executive Director, The Health Foundation, expressed her enthusiasm about the project saying:“We at Health Foundation work towards general health of the marginalized and poor community. We are proud to have collaborated with SECMC and by working together on a common platform we hope to contribute towards SECMC’s vision of a healthier Thar.”

Mr. Abul Fazl Rizvi, Chief Operating Officer, SECMC also shared his positive outlook about the program saying:“The launch of The Hepatitis Program will end the disease in Thar Block-II and its surrounding areas. We have a responsibility towards the locals who reside in the vicinity of the Coal Project, and we will do our best to facilitate their well-being and help improve their standard of living. This initiative is one of the many interventions we hope to make in Thar. We are certain that our efforts with the Health Foundation to counter Hepatitis will bear fruit in the shape of a healthier and more prosperous Thar”.

This agreement will facilitate a Hepatitis free community through 100% vaccination, raising mass awareness and behaviour change communication in Block II while also providing treatment to non-affording Hepatitis B and C positive patients.

For more information, contact:
Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC)
8th Floor, Harbour Front Building,
Marine Drive, Block 4, Clifton,
Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-111-211-211