AMDA Emergency Bulletin #5: Floods in Pakistan-Summary
In response to the catastrophic flood disaster that struck Pakistan in late July, AMDA dispatched its medical teams from Afghanistan, Japan, Indonesia and Bangladesh throughout September to October. According to the official statistic, up to 20 million people were affected with more than 1,900 deaths and 1.9 million destroyed buildings. Overall, 79 provinces out of 122 were afflicted along the northwest to the south of the country.
In collaboration with NRSP (National Rural Support Programme), a local humanitarian organization in Pakistan, the team from AMDA Afghanistan held mobile clinic in Azakhel camp and other areas in Nowshera near Peshawar from Sept. 6th-30th. During this period, the team saw 2,464 patients as a whole with common maladies such as diarrhea, acute respiratory infection as well as ENT, skin and ophthalmic disorders. Contrary to what was feared at the beginning, there was no case of cholera or malaria.
Thatta, Sindh Province:
On Sept. 16th, AMDA's Japanese team was sent to Thatta in the southern province of Sindh, followed by the teams from AMDA Indonesia and AMDA Bangladesh to join the mission on Sept. 24th and 26th respectively. The number of patients to its mobile clinic was 2,515 through Sept. 17th-Oct. 8th. Most of the patients were suffering from joint/ back pain, common cold, chronic diseases, upper respiratory infections, upper gastrointestinal infections and ear diseases.
All of the teams completed their work and withdrew by Oct. 10th, however, AMDA is further looking into rehabilitation assistance in the fields of child health and livelihood support for women with its local counterpart.