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by Jocelyn Stein
Fourteen months ago, a 7.6 earthquake directed worldwide attention to northern Pakistan. More than 3 million people lost their homes. More than 73,000 people lost their lives. More than a year later, many people still live in tents and temporary shelters that provide little warmth through the winter months in these small towns high in the Himalayas.
Since the earthquake struck, Northwest Medical Teams has partnered with various organizations to aid in relief efforts.
(PORTLAND, ORE -- Jan. 9, 2006) As heavy snow and rains blanket earthquake-ravaged Pakistan, four medical volunteers with Northwest Medical Teams, including an Oregon nurse, prepare for travel to the mountainous region.
Jamie Langmade, a nurse from Albany, departs from Portland, Tuesday, Jan. 10, for a four-week assignment in Balakot. More than 70 percent of the city's population perished in the Oct. 8 quake.
With temperatures falling in Pakistan and thousands of people there still living without adequate shelter, the J.C. Kellogg Foundation donated $150,000 to Northwest Medical Teams, requesting that the donation help build temporary shelters in Pakistan.
The foundation had hoped to stimulate further generosity for Pakistan earthquake victims through this matching grant.
by Hilary Hauserman with Kimberly Felton
(PORTLAND, ORE -- Nov. 21, 2005) Four medical volunteers with Northwest Medical Teams depart tomorrow for Pakistan where they will care for families struggling to survive last month's deadly earthquake. This is the second team of volunteers Northwest Medical Teams has dispatched to the region in the last month.
Volunteer nurse practitioners Mary Todd of Battle Ground, Wash., and Jody Stark of Ontario, Ore., will serve four weeks in the mountainous cities of Balakot and Muree. Todd and Stark are both first-time volunteers with Northwest Medical Teams.
Afternoon arrived about the same time a captain with the Pakistan army arrived in Managucha village. Our medical team, working with two Pakistani doctors, had traveled the unreliable roads of Sirin Valley that morning to get there. In one spot along the way, a landslide blocked the river-creating a lake.
Our medical volunteer team has been in Pakistan for one week. Currently staying in Abbottabad, they leave for clinic sites at 7:30am and return around 6:00pm--a two-hour drive each direction. Clinic sites are at 7000 feet above sea level.
On Saturday, Oct. 8, an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck the Kashmiri border area between Pakistan and India. At least 50,000 people are reported to have died--a number which may continue to increase as rescuers reach areas cut off by the quake. CNN reports that up to 3 million people are homeless.
To date, Northwest Medical Teams has completed or is planning the following:
1. Shipped medicines and medical supplies valued at more than $2.5 million for distribution by the Nazarene Church in Lahore, Pakistan.
Thursday (Oct. 13) from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Northwest Medical Teams will load nearly $2.5 million in medical supplies bound for earthquake-ravaged Pakistan. The 10 pallets of medicines will be trucked from our headquarters to a Tacoma port.
Northwest Medical Teams veteran volunteer Dr. Tom Martin leads a team of four volunteers to Guatemala this week. The team will partner with Mercy Corps relief workers and CARE in the region to help victims of Hurricane Stan. A shipment of $943,000 also leaves earlier in the day (10 a.m. load time) for Guatemala.