While the flood waters have receded, and the seasons have changed, and many of the flood victims have gone on to settle into their new lives after the devastating floods of 2010 and 2011 , we continue to see a need for our healthcare services in the flood affected areas of Charsadda, Swat and Shikarpur where SHINE Humanity has been serving with its affiliate, Comprehensive Disaster Response Services [CDRS], during and after the floods.
With the help of Global Giving, IDRF and individual donors we are serving an average of about 4000 beneficiaries per month at these facilities. 90 percent of these beneficiaries are women and children who come in mostly with the complaints of a cold, chest infection, diarrhea or skin conditions. Those who can afford it are charged a very nominal fee, but all are given free medicines and medical supplies when needed. The doctors and staff continue to educate the patients on health and hygiene issues.
Patients like Mohammed Khan , a daily wage earner and father of five children, was very grateful for the free service when he suffered a bout of diarrhea and had to miss a day’s work. The staff’s attention to his needs made him tearful.
Twelve-year old Jawairya came in to the same facility with a high fever of 1040 F and a cold. The fever resolved after cold water sponging by the staff and fever-reducing medicines. She was sent home with medicines for the fever and cold and her mother was equally grateful for the quick resolution of her symptoms and the medicines she could take home.
As with most disasters, our reserves have dwindled with fewer contributions coming in. We will continue to serve patients like Mohammed Khan, and Jawairya, and all those who come to us till we have the funds available for these sites and we are asking for help from our generous contributors, who have given so openly during and after the calamity.
As always, we are deeply grateful for your contribution and ask for your continued help in keeping our facilities running.