Tag Archives: Consulate General of the United States of America

United States Agency for International Development working to save lives of Pakistani mothers, children

Karachi, November 03, 2015 (PPI-OT): Thousands of women and newborns die during pregnancy and childbirth each year in Pakistan. Identifying danger signs during pregnancy and the presence of skilled birth attendants during delivery could prevent many of these deaths.

“Maternal and newborn deaths can be prevented if women and their families have better knowledge of nutrition, immunization, and prenatal care,” said U.S. Consul General Brian Heath. “Identifying complications early saves lives,” said Mr. Heath.

That is why the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is launching two TV commercials and a communication toolkit and pictorial booklet to better inform mothers on pregnancy and childbirth, said the U.S. Consul General. The Centre for Communication Programs (CCP) and Jhpiego —affiliates of Johns Hopkins University in the United States — worked together with the Sindh Health and Population departments as part of USAID’s Maternal Child Health Program to achieve these aims, he said.

Sindh Health Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar expressed his appreciation to the U.S government. “USAID and its Maternal and Child Health program has been instrumental in improving maternal and child health services in Sindh,” he said.

Also attending the launch ceremony were Saleem Raza, secretary, Sindh Population and Welfare Department; Saeed Mangnejo, secretary, Sindh Health Department; Shuaib Khan, CCP party chief; and Farid Midhet, country director, Jhpiego; as well as representatives from USAID, international organizations and Sindh government officials.

For more information, contact:
Brian Asmus
Spokesperson
Consulate General of the United States of America
Plot No 3-5, TPX Area, Mai Kolachi Road,
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35275000 Ext: 5242
Fax: +92-21-35275985
Cell: +92-302-8294015
Email: asmusbp@state.gov
Website: http://karachi.usconsulate.gov

New York Police share community policing tips

Karachi, November 01, 2015 (PPI-OT): Lieutenant Adeel Rana and Detective Elvis Vukelj of the New York Police Department provided safety tips to 50 girl students at an Access English-language Micro-scholarship program in Karachi. “Giving citizens the tools they need to stay safe is a key element of community policing,” said Vukelj. “It is an especially important skill for young people.”

The Access Micro-scholarship program is about more than just English grammar and language skills, said Cultural Attaché Griffin Rozell. “We want to share American culture and pass along valuable life skills as part of the program’s enrichment activities,” he said.

According to Rozell, the New York Police Department is an American icon. “We wanted to give our Access students the chance to interact with these officers, while learning practical skills,” he said. The U.S. State Department funded Rana’s and Vukelj’s visit. While in Pakistan, they also showcased the positive impact of American Muslims in the United States.

For more information on U.S. Consulate General Karachi and its activities, please visit www.karachi.usconsulate.gov or https://www.facebook.com/karachi.usconsulate.

For more information, contact:
Brian Asmus
Spokesperson
Consulate General of the United States of America
Plot No 3-5, TPX Area, Mai Kolachi Road,
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35275000 Ext: 5242
Fax: +92-21-35275985
Cell: +92-302-8294015
Email: asmusbp@state.gov
Website: http://karachi.usconsulate.gov

United States Consulate launches Sindhi language website

Karachi, September 29, 2015 (PPI-OT):U.S. Consul General Brian Heath officially launched the Consulate’s first-ever Sindhi language web site at his residence in Karachi. Leading Sindhi writer and social activist Dr. Suleman Shaikh shared the stage. In addition, Sindhi musicians performed at the event, which was also designed to showcase Sindhi culture.

“We are very proud and excited to launch our first-ever Sindhi language web site,” said Mr. Heath. “This follows on the successful launch of Mission Pakistan’s Urdu language web sites earlier this month.” U.S. Consulate Karachi, he added, has been issuing press releases, posting on Facebook and tweeting in Sindhi for more than a year.

“Having Consulate Karachi’s web site completely in Sindhi,” said Mr. Heath, “is an important step in helping us reach out to the 60 million Sindhi speakers in both Pakistan and overseas. Now, they will be able to read about the Consulate’s activities and assistance efforts in one of Pakistan’s oldest and most important languages.” The Consulate, he said, wants Americans and Pakistanis to “get to know each other better.”

Guests included prominent Sindhi personalities, such as journalists, media owners, social activists and cultural figures. To visit the U.S. Consulate General Karachi’s web site, go to sindhi.karachi.usconsulate.gov.

For more information, contact:
Brian Asmus
Spokesperson
Consulate General of the United States of America
Plot No 3-5, TPX Area, Mai Kolachi Road,
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35275000 Ext: 5242
Fax: +92-21-35275985
Cell: +92-302-8294015
Email: asmusbp@state.gov
Website: http://karachi.usconsulate.gov

United States Agency for International Development improves access to education in Sindh

Karachi, September 18, 2015 (PPI-OT): The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Sindh Education and Literacy Department signed memorandums of understanding (MoU) with Engro Corporation to improve education in Sindh. “The Sindh government and our corporate partners have shown great leadership in implementing U.S.-funded education projects,” said U.S. Consul General Brian Heath. “The collaboration will go a long way toward making education more accessible to children in Sindh.”

USAID Pakistan is helping the Sindh Education and Literacy Department implement the USAID Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP). This includes constructing 120 large public schools in seven districts of the province, and five towns in Karachi. Under the tripartite agreement, Engro under its “I am the Change” initiative will help generate funding for SBEP schools.

“This is exactly the kind of cooperation that we need from stakeholders in all areas – government, private sector, and civil society,” said USAID Mission Director to Pakistan John Groarke. Sindh Education Secretary Fazlullah Pechuho, USAID Mission Director John Groarke, and Engro’s senior Vice President Ruhail Muhammad signed the MoU. Also present were U.S. Consul General Brian Heath and USAID Senior Policy Advisor and Program Manager for Sindh Basic Education Program Randy Hatfield.

For more information on USAID projects, please visit www.usaid.gov/pakistan.

For more information, contact:
Brian Asmus
Spokesperson
Consulate General of the United States of America
Plot No 3-5, TPX Area, Mai Kolachi Road,
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35275000 Ext: 5242
Fax: +92-21-35275985
Cell: +92-302-8294015
Email: asmusbp@state.gov
Website: http://karachi.usconsulate.gov

United States Agency for International Development improving water supplies

Karachi, September 17, 2015 (PPI-OT): The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) broke ground at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET). The new USAID-funded building will house the U.S. Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water — recently established by USAID, MUET and the University of Utah.

“This project is another example of the long-term commitment of the United States to helping Pakistan address its development priorities,” said USAID Mission Director to Pakistan John Groarke. “This facility will help address Pakistan’s urgent needs for improved access to water.”

USAID will equip the new facility at the university’s Institute of Water Resources Engineering and Management with state-of-the-art laboratories and research facilities. Mr. Groarke met with MUET Vice Chancellor Muhammad Aslam Uqaili and Institute Director Bakhshal Lashari as well as Master’s and Ph.D students.

USAID Inaugurates Faculty of Education Building

Earlier in the day, Mr. Groarke visited the Sindh University’s Elsa Kazi campus to inaugurate the USAID-funded Faculty of Education building. While there, he met with Vice Chancellor Abida Taherani, Faculty of Education Dean Parveen Munshi and students.

The administration and academic blocks house 10 classrooms, four labs, a conference room, multi-purpose hall, learning resource center and separate common rooms for boys and girls. Ramps and elevator ensure access to students with special needs, while the design makes full use of natural light and good ventilation to maximize energy efficiency.

USAID Educational Assistance

USAID is providing $45 million to construct and rehabilitate 17 new faculty of education buildings across Pakistan. The state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly, low-maintenance facilities all have media libraries and fully equipped laboratories. This will deliver a quality learning environment to more than 5,000 students and 300 faculty members.

For more information on USAID projects, please visit http://www.usaid.gov/pakistan.

For more information, contact:
Brian Asmus
Spokesperson
Consulate General of the United States of America
Plot No 3-5, TPX Area, Mai Kolachi Road,
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35275000 Ext: 5242
Fax: +92-21-35275985
Cell: +92-302-8294015
Email: asmusbp@state.gov
Website: http://karachi.usconsulate.gov

United States Ambassador launches United States Mission Pakistan Urdu websites

Karachi, September 08, 2015 (PPI-OT): U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson announced the launch of U.S. Mission Pakistan’s Urdu-languages web sites today during his visit to Karachi. “We now have comprehensive Urdu-language web sites at the Embassy in Islamabad as well as our three Consulates in Lahore, Peshawar and Karachi,” said Ambassador Olson.

Recognizing the importance of providing information to Pakistanis in their national language, Ambassador Olson said, “Today, Urdu speakers all over Pakistan will be able to learn more about a range of U.S. government services and programs. This will be of special interest for those applying for visas or grants and exchanges, and for who would like to keep up to date on the latest U.S. Mission Pakistan announcements.”

The Urdu-language web sites will provide Pakistanis with contact information and links to major U.S. government agencies and partner organizations including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Education Foundation Pakistan (USEFP) and Education USA, and U.S. Commercial Services. The sites also have links to the U.S. Mission in Pakistan’s Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.

The four Urdu-language web sites can be accessed at:

Embassy Islamabad: urdu.pakistan.usembassy.gov

Consulate General Lahore: urdu.lahore.usconsulate.gov

Consulate General Peshawar: urdu.peshawar.usconsulate.gov

Consulate General Karachi: urdu.karachi.usconsulate.gov

For more information, contact:
Brian Asmus
Spokesperson
Consulate General of the United States of America
Plot No 3-5, TPX Area, Mai Kolachi Road,
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35275000 Ext: 5242
Fax: +92-21-35275985
Cell: +92-302-8294015
Email: asmusbp@state.gov
Website: http://karachi.usconsulate.gov