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An estimated 1 million women live with obstetric fistula, a devastating consequence of prolonged obstructed labor, and thousands of new case develop each year. Life-restoring treatment for women with fistula is available at the health facilities on this map
The death toll from Monday morning’s 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan, which struck near the border with Pakistan, was revised up from 147 to more than 300. With information still coming in and many areas still inaccessible, that figure is expected to rise. According to government officials and news reports, entire villages in the worst affected of Pakistan’s provinces may have been entirely destroyed.
Just days before the horrific shooting at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan last December that killed at least 145 people (most of them children), two 40-foot ocean freight containers of medical supplies were delivered to Lady Reading Hospital. The hospital would soon become the site where most of the people injured were rushed to receive emergency care.
Direct Relief is working with its generous supporter Abbott to deliver a donation of essential nutritional products for children affected by two major earthquakes that destroyed villages and killed more than 600 people in Baluchistan province in southwestern Pakistan.
Shipped directly from Abbott’s facility in Pakistan, the supplements will be used by Murshid Hospital and local partners to treat children who have been affected by the disaster.
Following a 7.7 magnitude earthquake that struck the Balochistan region of Pakistan Tuesday, Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team is reaching out to its health center partners in the area and is prepared to respond to requests for medicines and medical supplies to treat people in need.
Written by Lindsey Pollaczek, Senior Program Manager
As the New Year begins, Direct Relief is excited to announce a new program that aims to significantly increase the availability of obstetric fistula treatment and to improve prevention efforts to reduce the occurrence of this devastating childbirth injury in Pakistan.
This fall, a team of staff - including International Program Coordinator, Joe Harrison - traveled to Pakistan to visit local health care partners. Much of the trip was an eye-opening experience for Harrison, but one particular girl’s story will always remain in his memory. He shares his uplifting reflection below:
At just one year old, Ain-Ul-Haya was one of the millions severely injured when a 7.5 magnitude earthquake decimated northern Pakistan in 2005, killing an estimated 80,000 people.
Direct Relief’s emergency grant to Murshid Hospital and Health Care Centre in Pakistan funded the purchase of $25,000 in medicines and medical supplies to treat an estimated 24,100 people affected by the severe flooding this year. Haamid Jaffer, director of Murshid Hospital and Health Care Centres, wrote in an email, “The affected areas have not been helped to the extent [that] the need still exists. [The] grant is timely and will go a long way to meet the healthcare needs of the flood affectees.”
To expedite aid for people affected by flooding in Pakistan, longtime Direct Relief supporter Abbott is donating critically needed nutritional products directly from its facilities in Pakistan. Abbott products Pedialyte and Ensure are being delivered direct to Direct Relief’s partner, Murshid Hospital, in Karachi, which is caring for flood-affected populations.
Direct Relief Delivering More Than $3.4 Million in Aid to Pakistan
October 20, 2011
Direct Relief International is airlifting five pallets of urgently needed medical aid to Pakistan to assist people affected by flooding there. The consignment, sent via Pakistan Air, contains a range of requested materials including pharmaceuticals, lactated Ringer’s solution for intravenous administration of medicines, multivitamins, gloves, stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, syringes, and needles, valued at more than $3.4 million (wholesale).
To support ongoing relief efforts in Pakistan after record flooding there, Direct Relief is delivering this week more than $762,000 in medical material aid to Bethania Hospital in Sialkot and has recently facilitated in-country deliveries of $49,000 in requested products from Abbott.
Bethania Hospital, in addition to their ongoing work at their base hospital facility, is also actively engaged in the flood response and aid efforts. It is = operating a medical mobile unit and providing medicines, lab tests, and examinations to people who have been displaced and affected by floods.
As part of the ongoing emergency response to extensive flooding in Pakistan that has displaced millions of people, Direct Relief International is sending almost $1.25 million (wholesale) in medical aid to Murshid Hospital in Sindh.
Direct Relief International is delivering $190,000 (wholesale) in medical aid this week to American Refugee Committee (ARC) in Pakistan to support relief efforts. With extensive flooding affecting over one third of the country, ARC has been staging basic health units in flood areas, including Swat, Balochistan, and Nasserabad provinces.
Direct Relief International is airlifting $335,000 in medical material aid to Pakistan to help people affected by the ongoing extensive flooding there. Marie Stopes Society in Pakistan will receive the materials, which it will use to equip its medical outreach camps in 35 affected districts.
With an estimated 20 million people in Pakistan affected by record flooding, waterborne diseases among the displaced are a significant health concern.
Products to treat waterborne illnesses needed urgently
Direct Relief International is expediting the in-country delivery of urgently needed medical supplies to organizations supporting people affected by flooding in Pakistan.
Direct Relief International is sending an initial shipment of more than $335,000 (wholesale) in medical aid to support the emergency response to extensive flooding in Pakistan. Marie Stopes Society Pakistan (MSSP), a longtime partner, will receive the shipment to equip medical camps in each of the 22 districts that have been affected.
The delivery includes antibiotics, antifungal agents, and medical supplies-items that have been carefully tailored to suit the needs of patients who have been affected by flooding. Waterborne diseases are the greatest concern.
Santa Barbara, CA (August 10, 2010)-Direct Relief International announced today that it has made an initial commitment of up to $5 million in medical material aid for emergency flood relief efforts in Pakistan.
Waterborne Diseases a Primary Health Concern for the Displaced
Santa Barbara, CA, (August 4, 2010)-Direct Relief International is coordinating response efforts with partners in Pakistan to help the millions of people displaced by extreme flooding throughout the country. Partners are echoing news reports that the northwestern region has been hit particularly hard, destroying bridges and cutting off villages that are each home to tens of thousands of people.
"It's a horrible situation," reports Dr.
In-kind donation, in collaboration with two airlines, expedites assistance for displaced people
Direct Relief International, the Boeing Company, Emirates, and Pakistan International Airlines have partnered to deliver $1.5 million (wholesale) in humanitarian assistance to displaced people in Pakistan. Prolonged violence between the Pakistani military and the Taliban in the Swat Valley (in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province) since April has created a humanitarian emergency with a pronounced need for medical support.
Three years ago, a devastating earthquake shook northern Pakistan, leaving thousands to cope with dramatic, life-changing injuries. As the country has made the difficult journey from emergency response to reconstruction, Direct Relief has provided more than $14 million in assistance to local partners rebuilding the healthcare infrastructure and helping the injured recover.
In particular, a rehabilitation center in Besham, in the Northwest Frontier Province, provides hope and high-quality care to the thousands of villagers injured by the quake.