CWS Hotline - 14 Dec 2009: Pakistan

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Dr. Kashif Islam, a health project officer with Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan, says that volunteer health workers from CWS mounted a medical response assisting more than 3,000 people displaced by the military conflict in Swat earlier this year.

"The doctors and staff who started working for us voluntarily knew that... they needed to help these families...," says Dr. Kashif.

Because of the volunteer work, communities and aid workers have been able to avoid significant disease outbreaks, explains Dr. Kashif.

CWS has provided health care and medicines to thousands of women, children and men in Mardan and Swabi districts via its mobile health unit. Female medical staff have treated expectant mothers and provided health and nutrition trainings. And, working with partners, CWS has distributed more than 2,500 food packages, as well as other non-food items.

Today, CWS is working in partnership to provide food for families displaced because of the Pakistani military campaign against the Taliban in the districts of Dera Ismael Khan and Tank in South Waziristan. Some 40,000 people will also benefit from water and sanitation projects, along with the distribution of basic household items.