LAHORE - Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Brig Mirza Kamran Zia vowed to work towards the endorsement of Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) in National Disaster Management Plans (NDMP5) for the better protection and support of women and children during disaster and emergencies.

Chairman NDMA shared these views in the concluding session of the three days training of trainers (TOT) on Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) organised by Rahnuma-Family Planning Association of Pakistan in collaboration with National Health Emergency Preparedness Response Network (NHEPRN) and UNFPA from 30TH Dec 2013 to Jan 1 2014.

Chairman NDMA was much appreciative of the efforts of Rahnuma-FPAP and assured his full support. He further said that such trainings augment the capability of disaster managers will help them to prepare for eventualities faced during disasters and emergencies effectively.

President Rahnuma-FPAP Mahtab Akbar Rashdi while chairing the inaugural session shared that basic objective of the TOT was to build the capacity of all the major stakeholders in emergency services so in case of any disaster the sexual reproductive health needs of the affected population especially women and children are addressed in coordinated manner as per international standards adopted and rectified by Government of Pakistan.

The inaugural session was also participated by NHEPRN DG Dr Iqbal Ahmad Lehri and was facilitated by MISP Master Trainers including Dr Anjum Rizvi (RFPAP), Dr Jameel Ahmed (UNFPA), Dr Ejaz (HAS) and consultant Dr Ghazala Khan. Officials from Public, Private sector, UN agencies, INGOs and NGOs from all over Pakistan including FATA, AJK and Baluchistan also participated.