Standard Chartered to

invest $1m for ‘Seeing is

Believing’ programme

KARACHI (PR): As part of avoidable blindness programme ‘Seeing is Believing’, Standard Chartered has announced that it will invest USD 1 million for the programme in Pakistan which will benefit approximately 1 million people across the country.

This project will be implemented in Karachi, Lahore, and Rawalpindi, with government and non-government partners within the framework of National Eye Health Plan of Pakistan.

The overall aim of this project is to treat men and women who are known diabetics, are screened for Diabetic Retinopathy and treated for sight threatening retinopathy (STDR).

The Bank, since the launch of the Seeing is Believing programme in 2004, has invested approximately USD 3.3 million to help alleviate avoidable blindness from Pakistan. Through the various initiatives under the programme we have impacted the lives of almost 11 million people across Pakistan. A 20 percent reduction in cataract blindness in Pakistan is attributable to this programme.

Commenting on the initiative Shazad Dada, Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Pakistan said, “I am proud to be affiliated with a bank like Standard Chartered that is making a sizeable difference in Pakistan through its avoidable blindness programme, Seeing is Believing. With the launch of Phase 5 we aim to reach a million Pakistani men and women who are diabetic and treat them through early detection to prevent visual impairment.”

In recognition of the Bank’s efforts, the Government of Pakistan has also made the Bank a partner of the National Steering Committee for Eye Health.

NCRP holds event in Okara

OKARA (PR): Nur Centre for Research and Policy organised the second chapter of its advocacy event titled, ‘Living Book Series,’ in Okara to highlight and advocate the importance of healthcare and nutrition towards educational performance of the school going children. The lecture was held in Government Girls High School Chak 1/4 L, Okara.

The lecture confronted mental and physical health and nutrition challenges confronting school going children of Pakistan. The main idea was to highlight the vulnerability of school going children to several health related problems due to lack of proper health and hygiene facilities at their homes and schools which can affect their physical and mental development and educational performance.

Dr Attique Lashari, Project Director DHDC, Okara, advised the students to avoid eating junk food, especially 'Papaars' sold by street vendors as these foods provide empty calories and are harmful to their health. M Jawad Tahir, Nutrition Supervisor, Okara stressed upon avoiding the use of whitening creams readily available in the market as these creams are a leading cause of skin cancer in girls. He stressed on eating a balanced diet for healthier and beautiful skin.

One way to stimulate the appetite for breakfast is to wake up early and help mothers' in the breakfast preparation. Skipping breakfast leads to weight gain, weakness, fatigue and increased impulses for un-healthy food.

Representatives from DHDC, Health, and Education departments were present at this event. The guests appreciated the efforts of NCRP and stressed on the dire need to organize such informative lectures for the students.

NCRP, endowed by Nur Foundation and technical arm of Fatima Memorial Hospital, is a policy think tank that offers research, policy advice, technical assistance and capacity enhancement across the health, education and social sectors through a consortium of consultants and public health experts. NCRP is currently working on an Ilm Ideas funded research and advocacy project to generate evidence and advocate for the institutionalization of school health programme in the education system in Punjab.

PTCL brings superior World Cup experience for cricket enthusiasts

ISLAMABAD (PR): Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has taken the lead by bringing advertisement free World Cup 2015 for cricket lovers nationwide. PTCL remains a proud supporter of Pakistan Cricket Team and PTCL customers can now enjoy the much awaited Cricket World Cup on-the-go without missing any action.

PTCL is the largest information communication technology and entertainment services provider in Pakistan, touching millions of lives through its broadband and digital television services. To provide fans with an uninterrupted World Cup experience, PTCL has unveiled a new SmartTV application that makes World Cup matches available on mobile phones, iPads and laptops.

Kamal Ahmed, Chief Digital Services Officer (CDSO) PTCL said, “As a digital leader, PTCL understands the public pulse when it comes to digital entertainment preferences, be it on in-home screens or across handheld smart devices.”

“Being a proud supporter of Pakistan cricket team, PTCL is binding the entire Pakistani nation together to cheer for our heroes through its SmartTV platform. This PTCL service enables our customers to enjoy advertisement-free cricket experience and support their national team,” added Kamal Ahmed.

The SmartTV application makes viewing even more fun with its ‘Time Shift TV’ and ‘Pause and Rewind’ in-app features that enable viewers to rewind and re-play exciting moments. In addition to these features, PTCL subscribers also get access to 150 digital quality TV channels to watch movies through video-on-demand and TV programs through TV-on-demand. There is even a ‘Personal Video Recorder’ that enables customers to keep their favourite content for personal library.

Yasir Manzoor, GM Video Services, PTCL, said “We recognize that the future of news and entertainment lies with over the top TV application.

We constantly endeavor to provide our customers with quality content on various screens. We want to entertain our customers everywhere anytime”

PTCL subscribers can simply download the SmartTV application from Google Playstore for Android phones (Android Tabs coming soon) or iTunes for Apple iOS devices and view the entire Cricket World Cup 2015 uninterrupted. The service is available at only Rs. 499 for the entire World Cup.

PTCL SmartTV is geared towards delivering high quality entertainment and information content for Pakistani audience nationwide.

SNGPL joins hands with NAB

LAHORE (PR): Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Ltd (SNGPL) fully supports the NAB’s initiative in respect of anti corruption campaign and believes that the anti corruption message on utility bills will raise awareness of masses and will help in eradicating corruption in the country. The company accordingly has made all the arrangements to print the NAB’s anti corruption message at a prominent place, in its next lot of gas utility bills on continuous basis.

SNGPL will continue to support and standby NAB in its mission to eradicate corruption from our country.