Community Projects Completed and Under Progress by PARSA Trust
1- “Hepatitis micro-elimination project, Garjakh” – We reached out to a community of 2500 residents in a densely populated area in garjakh, Gujranwala. Free screening and treatment of all positive hepatitis c patients was carried out. The Project was funded by philanthropists of the city and had tremendous support by local Nazim and community workers. It was a huge success, and the work was accepted for presentation in American Association for Study of Liver Disease Annual Meeting 2019 in Boston, USA. This was a moment of pride not only for PARSA Trust, but also for Pakistan.
2. A similar project is currently underway in Verpal Chattha, which is a village about 45 minutes’ drive from Gujranwala. PARSA team is not only aiming screening or treatment, but also working to raise awareness about hepatitis in local community and prevent spread of disease.
3. From 9th to 11th April 2019, PARSA Trust donated 100 ration bags to Teach for Pakistan fellows which were further distributed to a low income community in Noor Pur Shahan, Bari Imam, Islamabad. These community consists of daily wagers whose source of income had depended mainly on the Bari Imam shrine which closed during the pandemic. Many families had either been employed as labor or had been struggling with finding employment even prior to COVID-19. Families in need were identified by community leaders, school principals and Teach for Pakistan fellows. The fellows, along with some community leaders, conducted 3 ration drives at Islamabad Model School for Boys (I-X) Noor Pur Shahan. People were called in small groups to collect the ration bags ensuring social distancing protocols.
4. Our community efforts do not end here, a number of similar projects are in pipeline.