Direct Relief Delivers More Than $2.6 Million in Medical Aid for Pakistan Floods

Image Courtesy of REUTERS
Image Courtesy of REUTERS

Since record floods hit Pakistan in September, Direct Relief International has delivered more than $2.6 million (wholesale) in medical aid for people affected by the emergency. The emergency infusion of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies has been sent to five key partners in Pakistan who have been treating flood survivors at their health facilities and through mobile medical clinics:

  • Murshid Hospital and Health Care Centers has received $1.2 million in material support and a grant for $32,000 for the hospital’s flood response and operations in Karachi. It has been providing maternal-child health services in the refugee camp near the hospital and caring for more complicated cases at the hospital.
  • American Refugee Committee has been operating health facilities and mobile clinics in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Baluchistan, and Quetta providing primary health care, emergency obstetric care, nutritional support, and maternal and child healthcare.  Direct Relief has sent $240,000 in material support.
  • Marie Stopes Society Pakistan has been operating four emergency clinics to serve affected people.  Immediately after the flooding began, Direct Relief airlifted $370,000 in medical materials.
  • Bethania Hospital has received over $762,000 to support their mobile medical team working in the flood-affected districts.
  • Australian Aid International has been treating patients through mobile medical camps in the Thatta District, where flood victims returning home. Top conditions include skin and respiratory tract infections, gastroenteritis, dehydration, and malnutrition. Direct Relief is supporting their efforts with $171,000 in material aid.

Corporate donors have generously supported the Pakistan flood response by providing critically needed materials. Abbott has provided three consignments of critically needed material from its facilities in Pakistan, including Pedialyte and other nutritional products for children to speed delivery. Johnson and Johnson released a disaster preparedness module for this response, which contains basic emergency materials ideal for flood conditions.

As the estimated 20 million people displaced by flooding continue to live in camps and begin to return to their homes, Direct Relief will continue to support partners providing essential healthcare to these vulnerable populations.

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