SHINE Humanity team at work in Sindh
Sep 8th, 2010
A month has passed since the floods first hit Pakistan, and in this devastated country, and by some estimates, up to 75 per cent of the 18 million affected have yet to receive help of any kind. With the transportation infrastructure highly compromised, efforts on the ground are being hampered by lack of access to remote areas, especially in Balochistan and Sindh, where the flooding is most severe at the moment. Across all flood-affected communities, food, shelter, the lack of clean drinking water, scarcity of sanitation facilities, and consequently the increased risk of water-borne diseases continue to be major concerns for humanitarian agencies.
SHINE Humanity has 50 volunteers and staff on the ground and is working in close collaboration with a number of regional, national, and international bodies and agencies. These include but are not limited to: the International Development and Relief Foundation; the Pakistan Army; regional authorities in Gilgit, Swat and Sindh; the Hashoo Foundation; Al-Shifa Hospitals; Pakistan Pediatric Association; UM Healthcare Trust (Khyber Pakhtunwa); SSRP (Swat); Institute of Development Studies (Balochistan); and Indus Resource Center (Sindh). Also providing support are Pakistani and American business entities, professional artists and humanitarians who are working to raise awareness and channel resources to saving more lives. To all our partners, we express our deepest gratitude.
Food and Nutrition
To date, SHINE Humanity has distributed over 4,000 food packages to families in need across the flood-affected zones. Each packet, priced at $25 consists of 20 kg wheat flour; 2 kg moong dal; 2 kg chana dal; 5 kg rice; 2 kg ghee (cooking oil); 2 kg sugar; 400 g milk powder; 200 g tea leaves; 800 g salt; 12 candles and a box of matches; 1 bottle of water purifying solution; toothbrush and toothpaste; one comb; one towel; one soap; and diapers and sanitary napkins if needed.
SHINE Humanity has as its primary focus medical services and has teams providing mobile medical services in multiple localities around the country. With the help of a number with local partner agencies and district authorities, we are working out of eight locations and seeing close to 3,000 patients a day providing primary health care, reproductive health services for women, Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT), heath education sessions, and supplementary food to children, and pregnant and nursing women.
At the time of writing this report, our medical teams are deployed in Charsadda, Nowshera and Bagh-Deri in Khyber-Pakhtunwa; Kohistan; Hyderabad, Sukkur and Khaipur in Sindh; and Jaffarabad and Sibi in Balochistan.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) /Shelter/Non-Food Items (NFIs)
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is a major challenge on the ground. Our field teams are reporting that there is no supply of clean drinking water, and we have seen people defecating in the same river as they draw drinking water from. We are currently conducting testing of water samples drawn from local wells and rivers. With those results in hand, we will advise community members of contamination, and provide water treatments to households as well as information sessions and hygiene messages. We are currently working on a template for a hygiene kits which will be handed out to the mother of the household and will include the following items: body soap, laundry soap, dish soap, a sponge for dishes, sanitary napkins, a toothbrush and toothpaste, calamine lotion, mospel, 3 plates and 3 glasses, 10 sachets of ORS, prickly heat powder, diapers (if needed), underwear for women (to prevent UTI), a vessel for bathroom, Vaseline, a family-sized mosquito net family size, a water cooler, disinfectant, lice comb, water purification salts, rose water (for eye infections) and cotton wool. These kits will be assembled in Sindh and handed out in Sindh and Balochistan.
Agriculture & Livelihood
SHINE Humanity has initiated a livelihood support program in Swat Valley, one of the regions most hard-hit by the floods. Our team installed a lift pump in a small farming village, enabling a group of small landowners to drain excess water from their lands and speed up the drying out process. SHINE Humanity also procured and installed a flour mill to help salvage wheat and corn crops. The success of these pilot initiatives has led to the procurement of seven additional flour mills and lift pumps, all of which will be installed in the coming weeks. The agency also got behind an effort to rescue a cottage honey industry from the brink of collapse. By procuring feed for the honey bees, over 7,000 hives were saved and the village continues today to have an independent source of income.
The Board and Staff of SHINE Humanity wishes to extend our deepest appreciation to the following groups: Supporters of SHINE Humanity and the Zainabia Trust in Houston who put together a very well-organized function and raised over $100,000 for the on-going efforts in Pakistan. Our special thanks also to the Islamic Center of Orange County which has donated over $20,000 towards the efforts. We also honor each and every one of you who has donated and passed on the word - our viral food drive has raised over $10,000 for food aid alone.
Our congratulations to Board Chairman, Dr Salman Naqvi on receiving the CHEST Foundation FCCP Master Humanitarian Award. The award money of $7,500 will go towards a Tuberculosis Prevention Project in Chikar, Kashmir.
Much needed women physicians at work
Todd Shea with some children in Swat Valley
The long walk to collect water
Emaciated children in dire need of food and milk
A temporary shelter in interior Sindh
Patients waiting in line to see the doctors
Todd Shea and SHINE Humanity staff and volunteers
Dr Babar Ali tends to an elderly man
A medical relief camp in Hyderabad
Opening of the Mother-Child Unit in Charsadda