Flood Relief & Rehabilitation

As a national company and major stakeholder in sustainable development and growth in the country, PPL has always played a proactive role in times of national emergencies. During 2010 to 2014 when different parts of the country were hit by heavy rains, the company moved forward to generously support affected communities.

In 2010, the Board of Directors approved Rs. 100 million for flood relief, of which Rs. 20 million were donated to Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund (PMFRF). The company also distributed relief goods amounting to Rs. 30 million among affectees, particularly around operational areas. Besides, PPL also established free medical camps and operated mobile medical units, benefitting over 6,000 patients.

The remaining Rs. 50 million was earmarked for rehabilitation of affected communities in partnership with a local civil society organization. Currently, development initiatives are in progress at three union councils in Taluka Kandhkot, District Kashmore, focusing on infrastructure development/ repair of educational, healthcare, agricultural and water supply facilities together with training of locals, where required.

To support victims of heavy rains in 2011, PPL contributed Rs. 20 million to PMFRF together with distribution of relief goods amounting to over Rs. 15 million among affected communities in Sindh, including Thatta, Badin and Sanghar districts. Besides, medical camps were also organized at various locations in effected districts reaching approximately 6,000 patients who were provided free-of-cost consultation, treatment and medicines.

During 2012, PPL committed Rs. 50 million for relief of rain-hit communities in Sindh and Balochistan. To this end, Rs. 10 million were contributed to PMFRF whereas, relief goods amounting to over Rs. 33 million were distributed among effected communities in Kashmore, Dear Bugti, Lorali, QilaSaifullah and Naseerabad districts. Free medical camps were also organized around PPL's Kandhkot Gas Field, benefiting 3,000 patients.

In 2014, healthcare facility was provided to approximately 1,800 patients effected by floods at Kashmore through mobile medical dispensary. Free-of-cost consultation, treatment and medicine were provided by for various diseases, including skin infections, respiratory track infections.

Support to Internally Displaced Persons

In wake of Zarb-i-Azb operation by the Pakistan Army in North Waziristan Agency (NWA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), security related development forced thousands of locals to leave their homes and move to nearby areas in KPK and the Punjab as well as other parts of the country. Pakistan Petroleum Limited as a responsible exploration and production company stood up to provide support to affected communities.

The company’s Board of Directors approved Rs. 40 million for relief of internally displaced persons (IDPs) of NWA through cash contribution to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for IDPs.

PPL Rehabilitation Centre, Bagh, Azad Jammu & Kashmir

According to estimates of the World Health Organization and International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and AJK earthquake of 2005 killed about 73,000 people and left around 167,926 injured. Among them, 879 were amputated, 559 became paraplegics and 38,430 required prosthetic and orthotic assistance. These figures amount to 0.5 percent of the 7.7 million people living in the affected areas.

In May 2006, Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Murshid Hospital and Healthcare Centre to provide financial support to establish a rehabilitation centre for victims of the 2005 earthquake at the District Headquarters Hospital in BaghAJK. The purpose was to produce and provide free-of-cost artificial limbs, treatment and follow-up, together with emotional support to amputees.

The centre has been operational since December 2006 and was run initially by Pakistan Institute of Orthotic and Prosthetic Sciences (PIPOS) until 2010 when it was handed over to Chal Foundation. Initially, PPL committed three-year support for the centre, however, due to increasing demand, the company decided to establish an endowment fund to continue support for operational expenses in order to reach out to the remaining affectees and provide quality follow-ups to patients.

So far, more than 4,600 amputees have been successfully treated at the rehabilitation Centre and assistive devices provided to 1,297 earthquake victims. The centre also supports learning opportunities for PIPOS interns to increase the pool of experienced and qualified medical professionals in the coming years to counter emergencies in the future.