Relief International

RI provides emergency relief, rehabilitation and development assistance to victims of natural disasters and civil conflicts worldwide. RI's programs bridge the gap between immediate and long-term community development. This orientation promotes self-reliance and the peaceful reintegration of populations. RI's programs are designed with the input and participation of target beneficiary groups such as women, children and the elderly, whose special needs are often neglected in disasters.
May 14, 2012

Horn of Africa Famine Relief Update 5.14.2012

Relief International (RI) has been on the frontlines of development efforts in Somalia since 2007.  When the UN declared that Somalia was in a state of famine, Relief International was one of the first humanitarian organizations to respond to the crisis.  Since then, in partnership with donors from GlobalGiving, Relief International has been hard at work disbursing immediate aid; and now, RI is shifting efforts to development programming, addressing the issues of healthcare and nutrition in Somalia in the long-term. 

Facing the largest and most severe food and nutrition crisis in the world today, four million people in Somalia require immediate food assistance. Low availability of and accessibility to food, quality of diet, incorrect infant feeding practices and micronutrient deficiencies have lead to high rates of malnutrition in vulnerable communities—and particularly, in children.  In parts of South Somalia, health services are virtually nonexistent, and the few available facilities have limited accessibility and constrained supply.  

Relief International’s Health and Nutrition Intervention is a sustainable, solution-oriented program that builds the capacity of local partners and institutions to facilitate the continuation of effective long-term programming for the Somali people. Through its efforts, Relief International is reaching 36,503 drought and conflict-affected individuals, including 18,297 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).  RI is also preventing and controlling epidemic-prone and communicable diseases, providing measles immunization coverage and other basic life-saving health services to over 35,000 beneficiaries.

In the short-term, Relief International’s health and nutritional services are reducing morbidity and mortality in Somalia.  With the focus on sustainable development programming, RI is now building household resilience and local capacity for the long-term, as well.  Relief International’s goal is to ultimately leave the Health and Nutrition programs in the hands of the people, making a lasting difference and empowering communities in Somalia to take ownership of the solution.

Feb 13, 2012

Horn of Africa Famine Relief Update

When the UN declared that Somalia was in a state of famine last July, Relief International, being on the front lines of development efforts in the country since 2007 was one of the first responders to the crisis.  Since then RI in partnership with donors from GlobalGiving, has been hard at work disbursing of immediate aid in addition to implementation of long–term programs to fight the three distinct characteristics of famine: extremely widespread food insecurity, acute malnutrition rates above 30 percent, and exceptionally high rates of mortality. 

RI’s Nutrition and Primary Health Care Service has been a leading initiative in reducing acute malnutrition and under five mortality in the most vulnerable area of southern Somalia.  We have made primary health and nutrition care services more accessible and are using our basic education initiatives as an informative platform to encourage locals to utilize the services.  RI’s Sustainable Water, Sanitation, And Hygiene (WASH) program is not only making clean water more attainable, but is contributing to the realization of the positive effects improved access to clean water has on the protection and economic well being of women, children and elderly people. 

On February 3, 2012, the UN announced that the official famine in Somalia is now over, yet mortality and malnutrition rates are above the threshold in many locations of Somalia. In Mongadishu four out of 20 children displaced are acutely malnourished. “Our greatest error now would be to consider this situation as resolved and let the compassion we felt at the height of the emergency in August of 2011 wane.  It is important to recognize that now is an opportunity to continue the fragile recovery, to rebuild the livelihoods and assets, and to provide the resilience needed against future climatic shocks.”- Eric Anderson, Relief International Senior Program officer. 

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Feb 8, 2011

Ongoing Efforts To Assist Flood Affected Communities in Pakistan

Child and Women Friendly Centers
Child and Women Friendly Centers

Relief International currently operates out of twelve offices across the Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtoonwa (KPK) and Punjab provinces of Pakistan, employing over 300 highly qualified and specialized staff. A wide range of staff expertise, from medical professionals to agricultural specialists, allows RI to respond comprehensively to the needs of Pakistan’s many development sectors. Currently, Relief International’s efforts in Pakistan are centered on the country’s most recent of emergencies – the devastating floods of 2010. Relief International has provided emergency relief to over 100,000 flood-affected families to date, and continues to assist communities on the road to recovery.

Overview of Our Current and Ongoing Programs in Pakistan:

Agriculture & Food Security
As a long-time food security and agricultural rehabilitation actor in the Balochistan and KPK provinces, Relief International ensures that families have an immediate source of food supplies in times of emergency. Since the first week of 2010 flooding, Relief International has provided one-month food supplies to tens of thousands of flood-affected families across eight districts in Pakistan. Food for work, food for training, and livestock and agricultural rehabilitation programs were carried out by Relief International pre-flood and will continue to address overall food insecurity as flood recovery moves forward.

Health & Nutrition
Since 2005, Relief International has provided Emergency and Primary health and nutrition services to thousands of individuals in Pakistan. Most recently, Relief International mobilized health clinics in response to flooding in remote areas of KPK and Balochistan. Each clinic treats approximately 200 patients per day. Relief International’s approach to health services in Pakistan places particular emphasis on mothers and children, often the most vulnerable groups when disaster strikes. For example, Relief International is working to combat malnutrition in KPK through nutritional screenings and targeted feeding and education activities for children under five, as well as pregnant and nursing women. Relief International is also leading an innovative public health initiative with local veterinary and human health leaders to enhance disease response capabilities.

Education
In addition to rehabilitation of school infrastructure, Relief International is helping to combat high illiteracy rates and the absence of libraries in many schools. By providing schools and communities with new books, Relief International provides a vital community resource that broadens students’ access to knowledge and augments educational opportunities for individuals and the community as a whole.

Infrastructure
Relief International is involved in infrastructure projects across Pakistan, focusing on the rehabilitation of small-scale community infrastructures such as clinics and irrigation systems that are essential to everyday life. Relief International also places high importance on the restoration of educational infrastructure, including technical schools, universities and primary schools. Relief International has constructed eight new primary schools currently serving approximately 1,000 children, with plans to build an additional 35 that will ultimately serve 5,000 students.

Shelter
Relief International successfully constructed about 2,500 temporary shelters for conflict-affected internally displaced persons seeking to return to the KPK province in 2009 and early 2010, and is now building another 5,450 emergency shelters across Punjab, KPK, and Balochistan for vulnerable families who lost their homes in the 2010 floods. Relief International constructs emergency shelters using locally-procured materials, keeping climate and cultural specificities in mind, particularly for women. In Relief International shelter programs, priority is given to vulnerable candidates such as the disabled.

Water & Sanitation (WASH)
Relief International has prioritized WASH activities in its emergency response efforts in order to reduce the spread of waterborne and communicable diseases, which can be drastically heightened by a lack of clean drinking water and hygiene services. Relief International’s current flood-response WASH activities include testing existing water sources for contamination, providing households with chlorine tablets for water purification, cleaning drinking wells, constructing emergency pit latrines, and providing communities with hygiene kits and hygiene education.

Assisting Communities Rebuild and Recover
Assisting Communities Rebuild and Recover
Education - Building Libraries
Education - Building Libraries
Shelter - Efforts to Rebuild
Shelter - Efforts to Rebuild
Hope
Hope
Relief International _ Pakistan Map Activities
Relief International _ Pakistan Map Activities

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