Appeal of Professor Dr. A.G Billo (Sitara-e.Imtiaz) to International Agencies for HANDS

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As rains continue to lash the flood ravaged Sindh province in Pakistan, HANDS warns of a severe risk of a public health crisis if foods, medical, clean water and sanitation, services is not urgently provided. According to the National Disaster Management Authority more than 200,000 adults and 500,000 children are at risk of contracting diseases if immediate assistance was not provided. Millions of affectees are living in extremely unhygienic conditions without access to clean drinking water and basic needs and sanitation facilities, which if not addressed will lead to an outbreak of water-borne and vector-borne diseases like acute diarrhoea, dengue, malaria and hepatitis.

“These are exceptionally overwhelming circumstances that the people are facing, many of whom are still recovering from last year’s floods. People’s natural resilience to coping has eroded with one disaster after the other. Lack of food, water, shelter and sanitation has further weakened their resistance to diseases. Women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities are now more vulnerable than ever.” Reportedly, out of the 5.3 million flood affected people, 32 percent are women. Of these more than 100,000 are pregnant and are highly susceptible to diseases. The need for clean water and sanitation is essential if the spread of diseases is to be controlled and a further disaster averted. Sufficient resources to meet the critical need for water and sanitation are urgently required. “The clock is ticking and with each passing day human suffering is multiplying. HANDS urge you and your university students to gear up its response and support Pakistan generously in its time of need.”

It is estimated that approximately 3.5 million people are in immediate need of clean water and sanitation. Less than a week into the crisis HANDS along with its partners have reached more than 91,3000 people with clean water supplies, conducted hygiene promotion sessions to raise awareness with 136396 people, provided more than 53400 people with hygiene kits and have assisted in food 142,049 people. You can view our detail activities through visiting our website: .This disaster created more devastation than previous. HANDS is standing with those affected communities. HANDS is the most reputable, transparent organization. Thus, you are requested to kindly support us so that we can be able to alleviate the miseries of these communities. We are on call if you have any question or query you can freely contact us.