ADEPT has identified teachers as strong proponents of Disaster Preparedness in the Tsunami affected communities. Teachers are directly in touch with children, parents, and other members of the community. They are therefore important stakeholders for Community Based Disaster Preparedness.
In the last one year ADEPT, in collaboration with Aravind Eye Hospital and the District Blindness Control Society, has been conducting eye camps in the Tsunami affected villages to identify the elderly with cataracts, school children with refractive errors, and diabetic retinopathy. Free cataract surgery with intraocular lens implantation was performed on a total of 287 senior citizens from the Tsunami affected villages.
Even as the flood situation in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh improved, heavy rainfall in Rajasthan has resulted in 10 rivers overflowing and flooding Pali, Sirohi, Udaipur, Banswara, Jhalawar, Dungarpur, Kota, and Chittorgarh districts. Highways and rail routes in Barmer district are submerged, badly affecting traffic movement. Several rivers like Luni are overflowing, obstructing road traffic at many places on the Jodhpur-Barmer route.
As water levels recede in flood hit Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Orissa, rotting animal carcasses, issues of sanitation, and problems of sewage from sewers, septic tanks, cesspools, and pit privies contaminating wells following eight days of flooding, raise fears of disease.
Large tracts of the entire central belt of India-from the east coast all the way acrossto the west coast -continue to beinundated by floods. Thousands of villages in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, and Andra Pradesh have been flooded. The floods have primarily been caused by opening of overflowing dams. More than 350 people have been killed and around 4.5 million people forced to leave their homes across the five states since the last weekend.
We condemn the massacre of Humanitarian Aid workers in Sri Lanka.
ADEPT has brought its Kashmir Quake operations to a successful close on 31 July 2006. Over the last 2 months of its operations ADEPT focussed on the creation of a team of "Social Health Attendants" (SHA).The SHA is a middle aged woman in the community who is trained as a health worker to supplement the services of the local Primary Health Center (PHC). Under this program 33 Daiees (untrained traditional midwives) were identified, each Daiee covering around 4 to 5 villages.
Preventing outbreaks of diseases like typhoid,
dysentery, infectious hepatitis, and other diseases associated with flood
waters should now be the major objective of all relief work. Public education
on community health should form the basis of intervention.
We urge all organizations involved in flood relief operations to ensure that the following precautions are followed by ALL in order to avoid outbreak of epidemics as flood waters recede.
The refugee wave continues. One hundred and ten Sri Lankan Tamils were offloaded by boats into neck deep water off the coast of Dhanushkodi today, 27 June 2006. They included 38 men, 37 women, 20 boys and 15 girls comprising 32 families. Talking to the ADEPT fact finding team, Steven, a CCF worker from Trincomalee, said that there are more than 10,000 people waiting on the other side to undertake the 30 minute crossing. This is the second refugee landing for Steven, and Rosemary.
As ADEPT begins winding down operations in Quake affected Kashmir, there is still a strong demand from both the community and the district administration for ADEPT to continue its work. In order to create a lasting primary healthcare system in the remote villages that do not have healthcare facilities, ADEPT has developed the Social Health Attendant system. The focus of the system is on building capacity of affected villagers to deal with their healthcare concerns by creating Social Health Attendants who will be put into place by the end of July 2006.
Ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka has resulted in Tamil refugees landing in Tamil Nadu, India over the last one month. The majority of the refugees are from Mannar-Trincomalee belt in Sri Lanka. In the last 30 days more than 3000 refugees (around 1150 families) have landed in India and the numbers are increasing as the days goes by. A record number of 234 refugees, all from eastern Trincomalee district of the island, landed on a single day (6th June 2006).
Indonesia's government declared a state of emergency late on thr night of 28 May 2006 after a quake killed more than 4,600 people early on 27 May. Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the emergency period would last three months and the government aimed to complete "reconstruction and rehabilitation" within a year. "We will have an emergency period for three months, May till August.
Ten educated unemployed youth from quake affected villages in Kashmir were given hands on training with field exposure by ADEPT in the first week of April 2006. They were trained in disaster health and psychosocial response, and community based disaster preparedness (CBDP) and charged with training 50 villagers each on returning home. Within one month these dynamic and commited youth have trained more than one thousand men and women (744 men and 291 women) covering 27 villages in the districts of Uri, Baramulla, Kuppwara, and Doda.
A team of women doctor with women health attendants began operations in quake affected Baramulla and Uri districts on 15 April 2006. The earlier medical relief operations by ADEPT's team in the area had highlighted the need to address gynaecological problems that the conservative Islamic women are reluctant to discuss with male doctors. Therefore a team consisting of a women doctor and women health attendants was formed and began to undertake follow up medical camps in the regions that had been covered earlier by the male doctors.
More than 40 civilians were injured in the district Baramulla and Udhampur when suspected rebels attacked police. The injured included children. Some of the injured are critical.
ADEPT's operational area for the South Asia quake of October 2005, covers the districts of Baramulla, Uri, and Kupwara in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Around 44 villages with a population of about 120,000 (including 35,000 children) are included in the operations.
An intensive workshop was conducted with youth from earthquake affected villages in the districts of Baramulla, Uri, and Kuppwara. During the workshop an analysis was done using focus group technique. The participants expressed their individual and community needs verbally as well as through written documents.
On 3 April 2006, ten young educated unemployed youth from the districts of Baramulla, Uri, and Kupwara in snow-bound quake affected Kashmir, arrived in sweltering Chennai. They were welcomed at the airport by 10 youth from ADEPT's Youth Response Teams from 3 villages in Cuddalore district. The Kashmiri youth underwent one week of intensive training in psycho-social intervention and community based disaster preparedness at the ADEPT's Communityon Reserach Education and Training Center at Muttukadu near Chennai.
TEN youths from quake-affected villages of Kashmir are in Chennai for a week as part of their training in psycho-social intervention.
On October 8, 2005, a massive earthquake measuring 7.5 on the scale shook the whole of North India and Pakistan. Reported to be the first earthquake in the span of 120 years, this tragedy left hundreds of thousands of people homeless in the Kashmir valley. ADEPT's partner CMC Ludhiana joined hands with the Catholic Social Service Society and Catholic Relief Services to provide medical services to the survivors in Baramullah district of Kashmir.
The villages are at distances ranging from 30 to 80 Km from Baramulla town.