SHINE Humanity and it's affiliate Comprehensive Disaster Response Services [CDRS] would like to wish a very Happy New Year to all our supporters and the staff of Global Giving, and we would like to thank each one of you for your unstinting support for our humanitarian work.
Following the massive flooding in Pakistan in the summer of 2011, SHINE Humanity and it’s affiliate CDRS have helped at least 8775 survivors of the flooding in the southern province of Sindh with funding from Global Giving, individuals and institutional donations.
As mentioned in the previous report Mobile medical teams were deployed on October 1st to some of the most remote areas in Sindh that had been badly affected by the floods.
In October two medical camps were set up in the districts of Tando Allahyar, Tando Muhammad Khan,Hyderabad, Badin, Jamshoro, Mirpur Khas, Sangar, Umar Kot and provided care to 5325 patients.While 3450 patients were treated in camps set up in Tando Allahyar, Kipro and Mirpur Khaas in November.
Free medicines were provided by the doctors for chest infections, diarrhea, skin diseases , malaria and urinary tract infections besides other acute and chronic conditions. Care was also provided for Dental conditions and for pregnant women. Besides free medicines and food, baby milk formula was supplied to 600 infants under a Nutrition Program and water purifying tablets were provided for making the water safe to drink.
The beneficiaries, especially those in the most remote areas were very grateful for the supplies, medicines and care they were being provided at the temporary camps, as was expressed by them to our staff.
We, in turn, would like to thank all our supporters for enabling us provide the help where it is needed most.
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The Mobile Medical Relief Mission Started from 1st of October and aims at providing immediate health services and medicines to the flood victims of Sindh. The Mobile Medical Team has so far carried out eight successful camps till date. They have treated 1,735 patients to date. These camps are located at Tent house, Sabzi Mandi and Tando Allahyar. Affected areas are being targeted with the help of local people and the Mobile Medical Team after getting a survey report from sources that visited the area and then establishes a Free Medical Camp for the Flood victims including Men, Women and Children.
The Mobile Medical Team includes two doctors, four paramedical staff and one volunteer. Patients are first diagnosed by the doctor and are provided with a prescription slip. As a second step, the patient is guided to the paramedical staff for further services and free medicines. The flood victims are also given guidance on prevention from different diseases and infections, along with treatment.
Female and children are being checked by one doctor while the males are being checked another. According to the doctors, the most commonly-found diseases & infections are Gastroenteritis, Malaria, Conjunctivitis, ENT Infections, hematological diseases and skin infections.
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Heavy August rainfall and subsequent levy breaks have left over seven million people in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province homeless. According to the country’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), 1.36 million homes have been damaged, with 23 districts severely affected. Some 6,000 villages have been completely wiped out by the floods.
The flooding is so intense, that for several stretches there is no land in sight at all, saddening and terrifying at the same time. The Speaker of the National Assembly, who belongs to the area, says there is no high ground left to set up rescue camps.
Over one million people are living under the open sky - by the road side and on embankments. These families lack food, clean water, sanitation and have lost their livelihoods and their homes. The Pakistani government is appealing to the international donor community to provide shelter, food, medical supplies and bottled drinking water.
The worst is not over yet with the threat of water-borne epidemics including diarrhea, malaria and other such diseases. As several low lying areas remain submerged under two to five feet of stagnant water, citizens are demanding authorities to take steps to drain and treat the water, and appealing for medical assistance to treat and prevent illnesses.
SHINE Humanity and our ground partner, Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS) have been at the forefront of disaster response in Pakistan - having responded to the Earthquake(2005), Swat Refugee Crisis (2009), Sindh Monsoon Crisis (2009) and the Floods (2010). In the year since the August 2010 floods, SHINE Humanity-CDRS teams have treated over 70,000 flood-affected patients and assisted 30,000 more with humanitarian needs and livelihood support.
Our ground team has completed a 10 day long mission to deliver food rations to 1,500 individuals. We are launching a second phase of this mission in the Mirpurkhas, near the Thar Desert in Sindh, inhabited mostly by minority communities who have received little or no help to date. Our focus this time will be on mobile medical services and humanitarian assistance. Our goal is to serve 15,000 patients.
For as little as $2, you can save a baby threatened with dehydration, deliver an antidote to a snake-bite victim, or provide a mother anti-malarial drugs. Act now, and help stop the loss of lives and reduce suffering.
Friday, September 16, 2011
The initial August rainfall hit seven southern districts of Sindh. However, subsequent waves are affecting the entire province except for the capital of Karachi. As of September 5th, figures from United Nations Development Program (UNDP) reports show that within the province of Sindh, the population is suffering from 139 deaths and 399 injuries. There are a reported number of 130,690 individuals in relief camps.
The Government of Pakistan has asked its National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to complete needs assessments in order to prepare draft appeals to international agencies. It has also sent an official request to the United Nations and other international agencies for support in handling relief measures in the rain-affected parts of the province.
The NDMA has sent 25 response teams to various areas of the province to take part in relief measures in Tando Allah Yar, Tando Jam, Tando Muhammad Khan, Jamshoro, Jacobabad, Badin, Thatta, Mirpurkhas and Hyderabad with another batch of response teams on the way. Over fifty non-profits are mobilizing to respond to the monsoon flooding. The United Nations has been rushing food and tents while Japan and China have pledged relief goods and money. The outbreak of disease has aggravated the situation as the Health Department of the Government of Sindh reports victims of diarrhea, gastroenteritis, malaria, and skin diseases.
The SHINE Humanity team has reached Hyderabad and will be purchasing food and non food humanitarian aid items to distribute to 200 families. This includes rice, wheat flour, lentils, tea, mosquito nets, and a water can to collect lean drinking water. Our medical teams are equipped with basic medical supplies and vaccines. We need your urgent help to expand this effort and prevent to loss of lives due to famine and exposure.
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