In order to enhance capacities of the communities for preparedness, for coping and for recovery a workshop was held in Kobe, Japan from 1st —3rd November, 2010 to integrate disaster risk reduction in development planning, it was recommended to formulate three Urban Disaster Risk Reduction (UDRR) regional groups namely Asia, MENA (Middle East & North Africa) and Latin America and to hold a workshops on DRR in each Region with the support of Research Center for Urban Safety and Security (RCUSS), KOBE University, Japan.

Comprehensive Health and Education Forum (CHEF) International in collaboration with RCUSS, Kobe University Japan and Rescue 1122 organized a workshop in Islamabad, from 2nd To 5th May, 2011, Delegates from USA, Japan, China, Philippines, Bangladesh, Turkey and Syria participated in this International workshop to give their reflection on UDRR lesson learnt from the two major disasters and their recoveries and preparedness for future disasters in Pakistan and in the region. Participants from national & international NGO’S, DPO’S, CBO’S and government institutes also actively participated in this event.

The objectives of this workshop were to enhance the disaster preparedness, to review the lesson learnt from 2005 earthquake, 2010 floods are disaster risk reduction system of other countries.

Participants also visited the 2005 earthquake and 2010 floods affected areas.

The workshop ended with a ceremony of declaration signing by CHEF international, Kobe University Japan and Rescue 1122. The signatories agreed and committed themselves to work towards the implementation of DRR vision.


Delegation from Light for the World Austria visited Pakistan from March 25 to April 2011. CHEF international is one of the key partners of Light for the World in Pakistan. The delegation during their visit inaugurated some important programs in collaboration with CHEF international.

The delegation inaugurated Physiotherapy/Hearing Care Units Skardu at DHQ Hospital for person with disabilities, on April 03, 2011. Haji Gulbar Khan Minister for Health (Gilgit, Baltistan, Skardu), was the chief guest to grace the occasion.

 Inauguration of school Eye Health Program was also inaugurated by the respective delegation at CHEF International Head Office Charsadda.

The delegation also inaugurated the inclusive Education Program Batagram on March 31, 2011, where CHEF International in collaboration with Batagram local Government and LIGHT FOR THE WORLD developed a partnership plan to establish a Resource Center in GCMH School Batagram, where the assistive devices are made available for CWD’s as well as for PWD’s locally and for the physiotherapy of these CWD’s and PWD’s, the latest physiotherapy equipments are also made available. Mr. Musarat Hussain (DCO Batagram) was the chief guest on this occasion.

The delegation also had a meeting with the members of Ageing & Disability Task force, Pakistan.


Comprehensive Health & Education forum (CHEF) International disability program planned National Consultative Workshop on inclusive Education with the support of our donors LIGHT FOR THE WORLD, AUSTRIA held in National Institute of Special Education Islamabad from 14th-16th March, 2011.
All the major experts in special education & education from across the Pakistan participated in this workshop to develop the guidelines for Inclusive Education.

Delegation from CBM, Germany visited Pakistan and inaugurated their funded programs in collaboration with CHEF International 
The delegation inaugurated the orthopedic workshop at Al-Farabi Centre on November 29, 2010. Mr K.B Rind Secretary (Ministry of Social Welfare & Special Education) and Prince Abbas Khan, Director General Special Education were the chief guests on this special occasion.
This workshop was a result of survey which was done by CHEF International and concluded that service providers for physically impaired persons needs to be strengthened. Therefore Under the auspices of Directorate General of Special Education, Ministry of Social Welfare and Special and special Education, Al-Farabi special Education Centre for physically Handicapped Children, Islamabad was found to be the most appropriate venue. This workshop has the capacity to cater 150-200 patients. Francois Muller, Orthopedic Technician, from CBM is heading this workshop.
Another delegation of CBM visited flood affected areas in Punjab and Charsadda, and inaugurated renovated schools, Water Hand pumps and Mobile medical container.