Emergency Medical Care for Flood Victims

by International Medical Corps
Photo: Kenya 2007 Margaret Aguirre
Photo: Kenya 2007 Margaret Aguirre

This Sunday is the Academy Awards©. Millions will be watching as Hollywood recognizes the past year's most acclaimed films.

That got us thinking: what if we could get even a small fraction of those millions to show their support for saving lives and rebuilding communities devastated by disease, conflict, and natural disaster?

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When you "like" us on Facebook and share our posts, you're helping more and more people to find out about our lifesaving work. And when more people know how they can help, we can restore health and hope to more communities around the world!

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2012 is almost here and we would like to take a moment to thank you for supporting our emergency response and long-term capacity building in Pakistan.

This year with the help of our amazing supporters, we were able to continue our relief efforts in Pakistan and around the world, as well as respond to crises in Libya, East Africa, and Japan. You can see for yourself -- click on the video below and hear firsthand from our staff on the frontlines, working in some of the most unstable and dangerous regions of the world.

And as we look to the future, we hope we can count on your support again.

Your generosity was crucial during our initial emergency response and it’s just as important now, as we work to help these devastated communities rebuild and recover. Please considering making a donation or using your new GlobalGiving gift card to help our rebuilding efforts.

Your donation will help us start 2012 strong!

On behalf of all of at International Medical Corps, thank you for your support.


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Starting at October 19, 12:01 am EDT, GlobalGiving will match 30% of all online donations up to $1,000 per donor until the end of the day or when funds run out.  In addition, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors. 

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But funds will run out quickly and we need you to act fast on October 19 to take advantage of this match before it’s too late. 

With your support for Emergency Medical Care for Flood Victims, International Medical Corps has:

  • Assisted Pakistani flood victims in health consultations ranging from mental health to hygiene and nutritional services.
  • Mobilized our teams to respond to recent flooding through long term health services for local communities.

In the past, your support has meant so much to countless men, women, and children in need.  Now, you can give knowing that your donation will go 30% further and that 92 cents of every dollar you give goes to program-related activities.

Please – act soon and your donation could save lives. 

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Recent flooding in southern Pakistan has disrupted health services in 22 out of 23 districts in Sindh province.  Flood waters have resulted in 226 deaths and damaged or destroyed more than one million homes – approximately 5.3 million people have been affected.

Having already deployed to Sindh in response to the 2010 floods, International Medical Corps has been delivering services at government health facilities throughout the region since October 2010.  We have mobilized our local medical teams in response to the recent flooding and will focus on assessing needs and responding as necessary. 

According to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) there is an immediate need to control communicable diseases which could quickly spread by stagnant floodwaters.  In addition, among the one million women of reproductive age affected by floods in the region, more than 100,000 are pregnant and may require medical assistance, according to UNFPA estimates.

Since the beginning of September, International Medical Corps medical teams in Sindh provided 6,621 health consultations. Among the most commonly reported illnesses were acute watery diarrhea, acute respiratory illness, malaria and scabies. International Medical Corps also provided psychosocial support to 39 individuals and health and hygiene education to 2,289. In the first two weeks of September, data from our field teams indicates an increase in the number of consultations of approximately 35 percent due to the recent flooding.

Medical teams are continuously providing emergency health services, including reproductive health and hygiene education. International Medical Corps is also installing hand pumps and latrines as well as providing rehabilitation of basic health units throughout Sindh.

Since immediately deploying local teams in 2010 to respond to the unprecedented flooding in Pakistan, International Medical Corps has provided more than 1.4 million patient consultations through a network of mobile and static health clinics throughout Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkwa provinces.  A year after this disaster, International Medical Corps continues to prioritize long-term primary health care services, including mental health, to help those who remain without access to vital resources.  As needs have shifted from acute emergency relief to long-term health services and capacity-strengthening, International Medical Corps has expanded existing programs in Pakistan to include Nutrition, Protection, Economic Recovery, Livelihood Activities, and Health Facility Rehabilitation.


International Medical Corps
International Medical Corps

Recent heavy rains in Southern Sindh have caused flooding in six districts affected by the massive 2010 Pakistan Floods Disaster.  Early estimates indicate that the recent flooding, which damaged crops and homes, has already affected more than 30,000 people. 

Our teams - which were already deployed and delivering services at government health facilities throughout the region since October 2010 - are assessing needs and responding.  They will continue to provide health services as needed by local communities and monitor ongoing needs as rains are expected to continue.

We will keep you updated should this crisis escalate in the coming weeks. 


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International Medical Corps

Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
Website: https:/​/​internationalmedicalcorps.org/​
Project Leader:
Chessa Latifi
Resource Development Officer
Santa Monica, CA United States

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