Direct Relief International is working closely with partners in Pakistan to assist people affected by extensive flooding there. According to news reports, flood waters have killed more than 1,600 and displaced or affected more than 13 million people in the country.
Direct Relief’s emergency response team is working with longtime partners Marie Stopes Society Pakistan and the American Refugee Committee (ARC), among others, to identify the most needed items from the organization’s standing inventory of medicines, supplies, and equipment. Any needed items that are not currently in inventory will be sought from product donors.
Marie Stopes staff reports that its medical outreach teams are seeing patients for a range of flood-related illnesses, including respiratory infections, skin and eye infections, and gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea.
Direct Relief is also coordinating response efforts with supporting medical manufacturers who have production facilities in Pakistan to expedite delivery of needed medical aid.
The organization’s emergency response team has been reaching out to partners in Pakistan to offer assistance since news broke last week about the flooding to deliver the most targeted aid possible.