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Health Crisis Looms

 Photo: Children in flood-affected Balochistan Province.

Monsoon floods in Pakistan have left millions of survivors desperately in need of essentials like clean water, food, shelter and medical care. Floodwaters have surged through communities, destroying mud homes, crops and livelihoods. And waterborne diseases pose great risk to their well-being.

Roughly 20 million people have been impacted – about 1 in every 9 people in Pakistan.

Can You Help? Donate Now to Provide Life-saving Assistance.

Jill McGrath-Jones, our Emergency Response Team Leader, is keeping us updated from the ground in Pakistan:

We are rapidly responding to the dire conditions we found at some of the displaced person camps last week near Quetta. Our water and sanitation teams are preparing to setup latrines and washing points in the camps. We have already set up our diarrhea treatment center – in 1 ½ days we’ve seen 89 patients suffering from diarrhea.

Our request for support to setup a basic health clinic in the camp has been accepted by WHO. They will provide funding as well as prefab structures to set up a clinic.  This is critical as the diarrhea treatment center can only handle patients suffering from diarrhea. 

...our efforts throughout the rest of Balochistan are moving forward.

I visited Swat district in KPK province recently and found the area improved although we know that people are still in need of health care, clean water and proper sanitation.

Our assessment teams are traveling through Sindh and Punjab provinces and are finding that the needs there are still very great. One area, Jacobabad (in Sindh), is still inaccessible 8 weeks after flooding began!

     - Jill

By working with authorities and other partners, Jill and the team have provided essential lifesaving medicines and treatment, as well as preventive supplies like clean delivery kits and mosquito nets. Fortunately all seven of our health units are now operational, and staff members have been assisting survivors.

Relief can’t come soon enough. Your support can truly help save lives…and provide vital assistance to survivors in desperate need. Please make a donation now. Every little bit helps.

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* Listen to an interview with Jill, our Emergency Response Team Leader.

** Press Contact: Therese Gales - (612)221-5161

 

 
 
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