Pakistan

FLOOD RELIEF IN PAKISTAN: ROLE OF MOBILE HEALTH CLINIC

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PRELUDE:

The year of 2010 has brought many hardships on Pakistan. While the law and order situation has yet not settled, massive monsoon rainfall has resulted in unparalleled flood that devastated more than 160,000 sq. Km of land; culminating in greatest humanitarian crisis in recent history of the world. The disaster zone of this flood stretches from Swat Valley in the north, some districts of Punjab to Sindh in the south. While 1,677 people have been killed, these floods has damaged or destroyed more than 1.24 million houses; 1 leaving tens of millions people in lurch, mainly women and children that constitute about 70% of this total displaced population. These people are deprived of major humanitarian needs like food, shelter, clean drinking water, sanitation and healthcare services.

HEALTHCARE CRISIS:

Flood has damaged or destroyed more than four hundred healthcare facilities and a lot more have been made inaccessible due to destruction of roads or unavailability of transportation. There are risks of potential disease outbreaks in flood affected areas and biggest threats are from the upsurge of water-borne diseases like diarrhea and cholera as flood has disrupted the water supplies and sanitation systems. Despite the unceasing efforts of the Government and the development agencies, most of women and children are yet to be reached with humanitarian relief they desperately require.