Direct Relief is providing urgently needed medical aid for people affected by widespread flooding in Pakistan. Murshid Hospital, a longtime partner in Karachi, has specifically requested aid to treat patients with flood-related medical conditions. To speed the delivery of needed medicines, Direct Relief is providing an immediate cash grant of $25,000 for the hospital to procure items in-country.
Sourcing materials from its standing inventory, Direct Relief is assembling a large consignment of requested items to be air-lifted early next week. The most critically needed items include intravenous antibiotics, intravenous pain relievers, intravenous solutions, anti-inflammatories, and medications to treat hypertension and diabetes.
Direct Relief’s emergency response team has reached out to additional partners in the region to offer assistance. The organization has extensive experience responding to events in Pakistan, including floods in 2010 that displaced more than 20 million people and the 2005 earthquake that caused unprecedented traumatic injuries.