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Apr 7, 2020 | 0 comments

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Hi, my self Hammad Rafique volunteer of Pakistan Red Crescent Society since 2017.

First of all, thank you for the opportunity to share experiences. My experience is very practical I am social media coordinator of Y&V Dept. of PRCS as well, so firstly I did some trainings through E-learning platforms like WHO, IFRC and Harvard Medical School about COVID19 then according to that build strategy that how to communicate in this pandemic situation, and then we also make hashtag #EhtiatKarona after that I sensitize my family members, friends and colleagues that how to prevent from disease and follow the precautionary measures. My experience is quite phenomenal, we as a team working date n night to give awareness about COVID19 to general public through our helpline 1030 or also door to door awareness session. I also provide food items to the needy one in the lock down situation. I am proud to say that First Asia Pacific Online Volunteer Management System (VMS) Over 4500 volunteers have so far registered from across the country after COVID-19 entered to Pakistan in just 10 days and I look after that system day n night, the PRCS is proud to have more than 0.7million volunteers and members attached to its program in various categories. We also launched PRCS Muhafiz Campaign in which we firstly develop the mobile app and then provide training to volunteers that how to collect data of house hold afterwards, Volunteer Coordinators & Task Force members shall be engaged in raising awareness about personal and public hygiene practices, proper use of masks, gloves and hand sanitizers, importance of physical and social distancing, health awareness, safe drinking water, DRR campaigns, talks on volunteerism, and resource mobilization etc., I also motivate my friends and colleagues to donate blood in this lockdown situation, wherever and whenever required by patients of blood related diseases.
The main challenge to deal with is fear, ours and that of the people we support, however, we must continue to transmit security. I learned that this virus brought people together much more than it separated them, and united them for a cause, for a common purpose.

Hammad Rafique
Pakistan Red Crescent Society
April 7, 2020
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