Direct Relief International is sending an initial shipment of more than $335,000 (wholesale) in medical aid to support the emergency response to extensive flooding in Pakistan. Marie Stopes Society Pakistan (MSSP), a longtime partner, will receive the shipment to equip medical camps in each of the 22 districts that have been affected.
The delivery includes antibiotics, antifungal agents, and medical supplies—items that have been carefully tailored to suit the needs of patients who have been affected by flooding. Waterborne diseases are the greatest concern. Patients are being treated for eye and skin infections, respiratory infections, diarrhea, and other water-related conditions. Avoiding an outbreak of diseases such as cholera, which spreads easily when hygiene and sanitation systems are compromised, is a priority as well.
Direct Relief’s corporate supporters are generously donating to the Pakistan flood response. The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies has donated a J&J Disaster Module, which contains materials tailored specifically to a flood emergency, as well as the costs of air-freighting the module to the American Refugee Committee (ARC), which is supporting basic health units in the affected areas.
The organization’s emergency response team has been in contact with private, governmental, and nongovernmental agencies responding to the emergency. Since the flooding began, the organization has been corresponding with several partners across Pakistan to identify needs and offer assistance.