Longtime Direct Relief supporter Abbott Laboratories is expanding its in-country donations of medical aid for people affected by extensive flooding in Pakistan by providing a second round of requested medicines to American Refugee Committee (ARC). Abbott is donating medical items directly from its affiliate in Pakistan, which speeds up delivery of urgently needed aid. Products include ibuprofen; clarithromycin, a broad-spectrum antibiotic for upper and lower respiratory infections, skin infections, and others; and high-potency adult and pediatric vitamin and mineral supplements.
ARC has been staging basic health units in the affected areas to treat people experiencing health issues, which are increasing as the displaced are exposed to contaminated, standing water and living in temporary camps.
Millions of people have been displaced by record flooding in Pakistan since late July. Direct Relief has been coordinating with partners in country and corporate supporters to provide aid to help flood survivors get the medical care they need through our partners in Pakistan. Abbott has been a strong supporter of this effort, providing critically needed aid to ARC and Marie Stopes Society Pakistan, which is treating patients in 35 affected districts of Pakistan.