Overcrowding and Disease feared in Chechen Refugee Camps

Situation Report
Originally published
Latest News from the field....
A BBC correspondent in the region, Bridget Kendall, reports that refugees are being temporarily crammed into already overcrowded tents, increasing concerns that rampant flu and some cases of tuberculosis could turn into an epidemic. a.. Over the past few days there are twice as many people leaving Chechnya as going back, because of the intense fighting. "UN spokesman Kris Janowski" a.. The Ingush government has estimated that there are nearly 300,000 Chechen refugees within its borders. This figure includes unregistered refugees.

Mobile Medical Clinics

4 mobile clinics have been purchased and equipped with a team consisting of one doctor, one nurse and one driver. All 4 clinics have begun operating in the three refugee camps in which IR is currently committed to providing relief, ie. Sputnik, Severnii and Karbulak. This provision of primary health care will bring enormous relief to thousands who have been deprived of basic medical treatment for months. The mobile clinic operation will soon be extended into other camps.

Distribution so far:

Islamic Relief has committed itself to distributing food packets to 4100 families at present, WHICH RESULTS IN A WEEKLY DISTRIBUTION OF 90 TONS OF FOOD. a.. By the end of January, Islamic Relief will have completed its 7th food distribution, which will mean that over 650 TONS OF FOOD will have been delivered. a.. The food has been divided into individual food packets. The food packets consist of:

  • 15.0 kg Flour
  • 2.0 kg Sugar
  • 1.0 kg Vegetable oil
  • 0.5 kg Macaroni
  • 0.2 kg Tea
  • 2.0 kg Beans
  • 1.0 kg Salt
Latest Developments:

Our relief program manager is now managing a team of 60 people. From our offices in Nalcik (Kabardin Balkar) and Nazran (Ingushetia ), to the 3 warehouses ( 2 in Nalcik and 1 in Nazran ), to the distribution and monitoring in the camps, an extended network of people is now required to maintain the momentum of the project. a.. EXPANSION OF CRRP 1 FROM 4100 TO 8000 BENEFICIARY FAMILIES:

Given the scale of the suffering of the refugees in Ingushetia, IR has decided to expand, It's Program to an additional 4000 beneficiary families from the middle of February.

COAL PROVISION: IR has committed itself to supply coal to refugee families for cooking and heating. As people struggle to cope with sub-zero conditions, the shortage of wood and fuel is adding to the misery in the camps. IR has therefore included a daily provision of 2 kg of coal for each of the beneficiary families we are currently helping in the 3 refugee camps in which we are operating. Distribution will begin in the first week of February. The Women and Children cannot wait, please send your donations Today!!!!!

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