- Pakistan: Dengue Outbreak - Sep 2017
- Pakistan: Floods and Heavy Snowfalls - Jan 2017
- Pakistan: Floods and Landslides - Jun 2016
- Pakistan: Floods and Landslides - Mar 2016
- Afghanistan/Pakistan: Earthquake - Oct 2015
- Pakistan: Floods - Apr 2015
- Pakistan: Floods - Sep 2014
- Pakistan: Drought - 2014-2017
- Pakistan: Polio Outbreak - 2014-2017
- Pakistan: Dengue Outbreak - Oct 2013
A part of Pakistan and Northern India were affected by continuous heavy rain brought by Monsoon in the beginning of September. In collaboration with National Rural Support Programme (NRSP), a member of Asia Sogo-Fujo Network for Emergency Relief, AMDA was able to contribute to the flood affected people, especially in Hafizabad, Punjab Province.
With support from NRSP, AMDA could continue helping the affected people through free medical camps. After completing joint activity, NRSP has shares the activity report.
On September 17th, AMDA Nurse has reached Islamabad, Pakistan and met with staff from the national organization, National Rural Support Programme (NRSP).
Jhelum River and Chenab River caused flood started from upper stream eventually spread to areas in lower stream. NRSP, which has been active in the flood affected area before this adverse event, shared the affected situation of the areas, and AMDA nurse has decided to visit three affected areas starting from September 19th.
AMDA started a situation survey on Polio eradication activity in Pakistan since September, 2013 with Chigasaki Chuo Rotary Club, which have been the supporter for polio eradication.
For the first survey in September, AMDA staff visited Thatta District in the Sindh Province of Pakistan located approximately 100km east from Karachi, the major city in Southern Pakistan, with the support from a local NGO NRSP(National Rural Support Programme) and collected information on polio campaign.
AMDA's latest emergency relief activities in flood stricken Pakistan:
Thatta, Sindh Province
As of Oct. 1st, relief personnel from AMDA Headquarters (Japan), AMDA Indonesia and AMDA Bangladesh are actively engaged in mobile clinic in Thatta, Sindh Province in the south.
From Sept. 21st to 27th, the team saw 582 patients in total. The common maladies were chronic diseases (headache, joint pain and muscle ache), upper respiratory infections, upper gastrointestinal diseases and skin diseases.
The deadliest earthquake that hit the province of Baluchistan, the northwest of Quetta, on the Oct. 29th has caused the loss of 166 lives and has wounded 370 people, according to the announcement made by the Pakistani government on Nov.7th.
The displaced population has topped 68,200 and some 7,600 houses have been destroyed in the most devastated Ziarat (110km northwest of Quetta.) It is reported that a half of the affected population is children in the area.
In Baluchistan, some of the affected areas are not accessible due to landslides.
After their arrival in Karachi, two coordinators from AMDA HQ had immediately investigated the extent of damages of the afflicted areas and assessed the local needs for further assistance.
From 2nd to 3rd July, the coordinators had visited the villages of Gadap and Jamja (north of Karachi), as well as the bordering areas of Balochistan and Sindh. No epidemic of infectious diseases was found, however, the areas were under bad sanitary condition.
On 5th, AMDA coordinators had joined the mobile herbal-clinic run byAMDA's local sister organization, Hamdard Foundation.
Cyclone Yemyin hit the coast of Baluchistan province of Pakistan on June 26. Officials reported 16 persons were killed and up to 60,000 people in the region were affected. Earlier, the torrential rains and storms killed nearly 230 people in Karachi, the second biggest city located in the southern coast of Pakistan.
Due to this tremendous disaster, AMDA (Association of Medical Doctors of Asia) HQ has dispatched two staff for assessment research on June 28. They will arrive in Karachi on June 30.
AMDA ER clinic in Barar Kot (pop.4,000), Mansehra, has been steadily treating the local patients. The number of the patients follows as:
On 10/15, AMDA ER clinic treated 53 male / 45 female patients in Barar Kot (pop.4,000), Mansehra. As the number of patients has increased, gastroenteric and respiratory problems were diagnosed in addition to external injury or bruise. In the area, most of the cement brick buildings, which were relatively new, were collapsed, accordingly many people are obliged to sleep outside. In such a condition, tents and blankets are needed for them under an unstable weather.
On 10/14, in a town of Barar Kot (pop.4,000), Mansehra district, AMDA Multi-national Medical Mission Team has begun medical treatment. The total number of the patients on 10/14 was approximately 60 (25 female), many of whom were treated for external injury or bruise. The area is still left far behind the rescue and recovery assistance, and people in Barar Kot had been anxiously waiting for the medical team.
AMDA and Hamdard University in Pakistan (AMDA International sister organization) have agreed to collaborate the ER activities. In northern Mansehra, one of the most ravaged area, Hamdard team has begun ER activities. AMDA team has set up its ER site in Mansehra, too, and the collaboration will strengthen its capacity and function greatly.
AMDA’s additional 3 team members (2 doctors and 1 nurse) leave for Islamabad on 10/14. Since female doctors are more in need due to the religious/cultural custom, the additional dispatch includes 2 female medical professionals, who will add to Dr. Wardak (female).
AMDA Headquarter Team has been preparing for its ER site, where the team will begin actual medical assistance, in Mansehra as it meets with the local authorities. The Team moved to Mansehra, 100km north of Islamabad, on October 11th, which was damaged severely but had almost no medical facilities. The procurement of necessary relief supplies in Islamabad has not been easy as it is in the Ramadan month.
M7.6 Earthquake struck in the north of Pakistan on October 8th, just 80 km north of Islamabad. For the assistance to the victims of the devastating disaster, AMDA has dispatched Emergency Relief Mission team, consisting of AMDA Headquarter team and AMDA Multi-national Medical Mission team.
AMDA Headquarter Mission Team, having entered Islamabad as early as October 9th, has been setting up its designated ER site as it meets local authorities in Mansehra. The team moved to Mansehra, 100km north of Islamabad, on October 11th, which was damaged severely, located closer to the epicenter.
AMDA Headquarter Mission Team's ER coordinator, Mr. Katsutaka Kikkawa arrived in Islamabad on 10/10 and joined the team. On 10/11/Tue, the HQ team moved to Mansehra , 100km north of Islamabad. Mansehra, close to the epicentre, was damaged severely, according to the report. The team is preparing for its medical relief activities at a designated site.
AMDA Headquarter (Japan) Medical Mission team has arrived in Islamabad on 10/09. The team has immediately worked to check the disaster damage and needs, as they met with the local authorities and UN agencies. AMDA HQ team is ready to provide relief supplies and medical assistance. Another coordinator (Mr. Kikkawa) is scheduled to join the team upon his arrival in Islamabad. (21:05 10/10, Local time)
AMDA offers its deepest sympathy for the great loss of lives and destructions in Pakistan and other affected areas.
The M7.6 Earthquake, which hit the northern Pakistan on October 8, has killed more than 18,000 people and injured 41,000, according to Pakistan authorities. It is feared the casualty toll may continue to rise.