Sunday, November 20, 2011

World AIDS Day

Held every year on 1st December, World AIDS Day is a date for people to think about and act upon the global HIV epidemic. HIV continues to have a devastating impact on millions of people around the world. Whilst this infection can be prevented, HIV transmission continues to occur. Although HIV can be treated, many people infected with HIV do not have access to life-saving drugs.


The theme for World AIDS Day 2011 is 'Getting to Zero'. After 30 years of the global fight against HIV/AIDS, this year the global community has committed to focusing on achieving 3 targets:
1- "Zero new HIV infections". 
2- "Zero discrimination". 
3- "Zero AIDS-related deaths".
The red ribbon is an international symbol of AIDS awareness that is worn by people all year round and particularly around World AIDS Day to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment.
The red ribbon started as a "grass roots" effort; as a result there is no one official AIDS ribbon manufacturer, and many people make their own. It's easily done - just use some ordinary red ribbon and a safety pin!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

CCPO in search for a drug free Lahore

CCPO in search for a drug free Lahore

Lahore Drug Free City

LAHORE: Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore Muhammad Aslam Tareen launched the Lahore Drug Free City Project on Saturday, in his capacity as its chairman, by ordering an immediate crackdown on all drug peddlers throughout the city.

The CCPO said that those elements that spread drug addiction among the youth of the city were perpetrators of a heinous crime, due to which, not only an individual, but a whole family gets devastated.

He ordered the Lahore police to take strict legal steps against drug peddlers, during its special crackdown against them, so that Lahore could be made a drug free city. He warned that quick eradication of drug dens in the city should be ensured, otherwise six police teams, formulated by the CCPO, would raid any area of the city and take strict action against gangs involved in such heinous activities.

Aslam Tareen was presiding over the first high-level meeting of the Lahore Drug Free City Project on Saturday, in which Anti-Narcotics Force Deputy Director General Muhammad Altaf Qamar, Force Commander Anti-Narcotics Brigadier Shahid Afzal, DIG Operations Rao Sardar Ali, SSP Discipline and Inspection Shariq Kamal, representative of DIG Headquarters Prison Mian Salik Jalal, representative of DIG Pakistan Railway Muhammad Aslam, Punjab Rangers Director General Col Sahibzada Sajjad, Social Welfare Punjab Director General Iqbal Tariq, representative of Excise and Taxation Lahore Director General Khawaja Daud, representative of Sports Punjab Director General Salman Ijaz, representative Additional Secretary Prosecution Department Additional Secretary Kiran Khurshid representative of Education Additional Secretary Dr Mushtaq Ahmed representative of Health Additional Secretary Dr Aitazaz Ahsan representative of Customs Additional Collector, Zonal Administrator Auqaf Rana Karamat Ullah and Lahore Labour Director Zaigam Abbas participated.

Tareen said no country could achieve progress and prosperity unless and until it creates higher ethical values among the younger generation. He pointed out that, along with the police, parents and educational institutions have a far-reaching role in keeping the younger generation away from drug use, therefore it is incumbent upon parents and teachers to discharge their national duty of keeping the younger generation away from drug use, so that Lahore could be purged of the scourge of drug peddling and drug use.

He said that Islamic teachings and the propagation of Pakistani culture could also go a long way in eliminating the scourge of drug use and drug peddling in the city. He warned that the officers concerned would also be proceeded against, as per law, under whose areas drug dens are found operating.

He said that six divisional teams, under the leadership of divisional superintendents (SP), the divisional superintendent police officers and station house officers, have been formulated for the elimination and eradication of drug trade in the city and frequent raids would be conducted against those found involved in such heinous crimes. He called upon all divisional SPs to launch a city wide crackdown against people involved in such heinous activities of drug peddling by improving their system of search and surveillance and keeping a close liaison with the notables of the area, in order to make the Lahore Drug Free City Project a success.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Seminar at F.C College University


Seminar on Drug Abuse Prevention


1- General Information
            Date:                           2. 05.2011
            Time:                          11:00 am to 01:40 pm
            Venue:                        Hall No. E-25, F. C. College University, Lahore
Chief Guest:               Mr. Muhammad Altaf Qamar, Deputy Director General, ANF, Pakistan
            Guest Speakers:        Brig. Shahid Afzal, Force Commander, ANF, Punjab
Mr. Khalid Dher, Advisor to Chairman Youth Parliament

2- Aims and Objectives:

  •     To introduce “Lahore Drug Free City Project”
  •          To discuss the Role of ANF in Drug Supply Reduction and Drug Demand Reduction
  •          To carry out Drug Abuse Prevention Activities
  •          To create awareness on harmful effects of drugs
  •          To convey a message to live a drug free life by facing the challenges of  life          
  •          To motivate  the Students to create massive awareness against drug abuse in the society
  •          To educate the students to work towards a drug free society

3- Organized By:

The seminar was organized by Aghaz-e-Nau in collaboration with Maj. (R) Nadeem Abbas, Project Manager, Lahore Drug Free City and Red Crescent Youth Group of Forman Christine College University 

4- Target Audience:

  •          Students
  •          Faculty Members  
  •          NGO Representatives

5- Audience Response/Objectives achieved
·         The play was highly appreciated by the audience. It was a true story of a girl, who started using hash at a very young age and eventually developed drug induced psychosis. They were able to understand the hazards of hash.

·       Slide show was appreciated by the students and the teachers. All the teachers felt that it was informative, especially the part of “steroid abuse” as it is a commonly used drug by the young students as said by the teachers.

·         The Chief Guest’s Presentation was highly appreciated and liked by the audience. All the students took an oath to spread the message around and to turn Lahore into a drug free city.
·         All the faculty members liked the seminar and wanted to have more intensive activities like training programs in the future.

·         Though there was some mismanagement due to technical problems related to multimedia and the sound system, yet the entire event was appreciated by the audience.
·         Some participants gave their positive feedback on Facebook

6- Photographic Coverage of the Activity:

6.1- Comparing was done by Sayeda Komal Farooq President Red Crescent Youth Group of  F. C. College University 




6.2- A brief introduction of the guest speakers and the Chief Guest was given by Dr. Farahat Iqbal, Advisor of Red Crescent Youth Group of  F. C. College University  



6.3- A Play “The Lost Soul” was presented by the students. It was on harmful effects of Hash




6.4- A Speech on "Drugs and Youth" was delivered by Mr. Khalid Dher, Advisor to Chairman Youth Parliament





6.5- A Poem on Hazards of Alcohol “I Never Asked You to Be My Dad” was presented by one of the students

6.6- A brief description of harmful effects of Drugs was given by Dr. Mahmooda Aftab followed by a Slide Show






6.7- A Student sang a song on "Bright Star"



6.8- A well elaborated Speech was delivered by Brig. Shahid Afzal, Force Commander, Anti Narcotics Force, Punjab



6.9- A Shield was given by the Chief Guest to Dr. Farahat Iqbal


6.10- Certificate of Appreciation was given by the Chief Guest to 28 Students who participated in different activities 



6.11- Address by the Chief Guest on “Lahore Drug Free City” followed by Pledge


6.12- Pledge to Turn Lahore into a Drug Free City












Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Lahore Drug Free City



A seminar was held at Workers Welfare Higher Secondary School, Nishtar Colony, Lahore on 28. 04.2011 from 11:00 am to 01:00 pm. The seminar was held with the following objectives:
                    
  • To introduce “Lahore Drug Free City Project”
  •  To discuss the Role of ANF in Drug Supply Reduction and Drug Demand Reduction
  •   To discuss harmful effects of drugs
  •   To educate parents and teachers on how to help youth stay away from drugs         
  •   To Motivate Students to create massive awareness against drug abuse in the society

The seminar was organized by Aghaz-e-Nau in collaboration with Maj. (R), Nadeem Abbas, Project Manager “Lahore Drug Free City”.

 Audience:
·         Yong Students (Approximately 300)
·         Parents  (300)
·         Teachers  (40)
·         Total: More than 60 
      Audience Response/Objectives achieved
  • All the participants took interest and showed keen interest to learn more.
  •  One child volunteered to speak on drug addiction
  •  One of the teachers volunteered to deliver a short speech on the causes of drug addiction
  •  One of the mothers also volunteered to discuss on the causes of drug addiction
  • All the participants got motivated to turn Lahore into a drug free city.
  • All the participants took an oath to turn Lahore into a drug free city.
  • All the faculty members liked the seminar and wanted to have another seminar after summer vacations.
  • The Principal appreciated the efforts of Aghaz-e-Nau and mentioned that the program was highly informative for her and the participants.


Presentation by Dr. Mahmooda Aftab, Executive Director AeN


A young student talking about drug abuse problem in his area



A mother talking about the causes of drug abuse



Students singing a song on “Purpose of Life”


A teacher is talking about drug abuse problem amongst youth


Principal of Workers Welfare Higher Secondary School giving her views about the seminar




Seminar on drug free city


Salim Ahmed


Lahore—The menace of drugs is destroying our society. All persons of the society and organizations should make coordinated efforts for saving the young generation from this curse. We should come forward to make the drug addicts an active member of the society.



This was stated by Dr. Mehmooda, a renowned psychiatrist, while addressing a seminar on the subject “drug free city” held under the aegis of an NGO “Aghaz-e-Nau” at Workers Welfare Higher Secondary School Nishtar Labour Colony Ferozpur Road Lahore. 



She said that the use of drugs was increasing in the society. She said that economic problems, mental anxiety and domestic problems were the cause of use of drugs. She stressed upon the parents to keep an eye over their children and provide them better training. 



She said that NGO “Aghaz-e-Nau” was working for eradication of drugs since 1993 and treatment and rehabilitation facilities were being provided to the drug addicts. 



She disclosed that important steps were being taken for making Lahore a drug free city and, besides awareness campaign, other necessary steps were also being taken in this regard. She said that lectures and seminars were being organized in schools and colleges about the harmful effects of this menace.


Our CorrespondentFriday, April 29, 2011

The menace of drugs is destroying our society. All persons of the society and organizations should make coordinated efforts for saving the young generation from this curse. We should come forward to make the drug addicts an active member of the society.

This was stated by renowned psychiatrist Dr Mehmooda while addressing a seminar on the subject “drug free city” held under the aegis of an NGO at Workers Welfare Higher Secondary School, Nishtar Labour Colony, Ferozepur Road, Lahore, said a press release here on Thursday. She said that the use of drugs was increasing in the society. She said that economic problems, mental anxiety and domestic problems were the cause of drogues. She stressed upon the parents to keep an eye on their children and provide them better training.

She said steps were being taken for making Lahore a drug free city and besides awareness campaigns, other necessary steps were also being taken in this regard. She said that lectures and seminars were being organised in schools and colleges about the harmful effects of this menace.




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