Malteser International in Pakistan
Monsoon floods 2011: Malteser International responds with dengue prevention, diarrhoea treatment unit
One year after the flood of the century devastated Pakistan, the country is once again struggling with heavy flooding. More than 200 people have died; many families have lost everything and been displaced – some for the second time in little over a year. More than five million people have been affected and nearly a million houses have been destroyed, the United Nations reports.
Malteser International is responding to the crisis by continuing to provide assistance to the health authorities in its project regions. On the border between the provinces of Punjab and Sindh, the Malteser International teams are active in Dengue fever prevention, providing blood tests so the disease can be quickly diagnosed, conducting awareness campaigns, among other activities. In Kohistan, in the mountainous north, heavy rains preceding the floods have raised the threat of a massive epidemic of acute watery diarrhoea. Malteser International has sent more doctors to the region and is operating a mobile treatment unit with ten beds.
Strengthening disaster prevention in Pakistan
The current floods in Pakistan make clear, once again, the urgent need for prevention measures to prepare the local population and authorities for the risk of floods and earthquakes – so that these natural occurrences do not become disasters with many dead, injured or ill. For this reason, Malteser International has started two new disaster preparedness projects in the districts of Swat and Kohistan in northern Pakistan. The projects, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, build up on the organisation’s experience from similar past projects at the community level.
One year after the floods in Pakistan: Looking back, looking ahead
Looking back: In the summer of 2010, more than 20 million Pakistanis were affected by strong rains and overflowing rivers. Malteser International had been active in Pakistan since 2005 and was able to help right away. In two districts of northern Pakistan (Swat, Kohistan) and in one district in the South (Rahim Yar Khan), Malteser International treated the ill, distributed food packages, water and other life-saving items to the people who had lost everything. Now, Malteser International is helping the population in those districts to rebuild and recover from the disaster.
Looking ahead: Malteser International will remain committed to the Pakistani people. Many of the problems that led to the humanitarian disaster after the 2010 floods were already present in society even before the natural catastrophe – the floods only made them worse. That is why we’re focussing especially on prevention and preparedness. Here are two of our main goals in Pakistan:
- Reducing the mortality rates of mothers and their newborn babies and improving basic health care, especially in remote regions
- Training village communities in areas which are constantly threatened by natural disasters such as monsoon floods or earthquakes to identify their risks, and helping them prepare for the next emergency
Still, pictures say more than words – which is why we invite you to meet some of our staff members in Pakistan and the people they have helped:
Facts and figures: one year of flood relief
- More than 90,000 medical treatments
- Comprehensive hygiene promotion
- Food rations for 22,000 people
- Aid packages for 35,000 people who lost everything
- Water treatment for more than 85,000 people
- Construction of 500 wells and hand pumps and 300 latrines
- Recovery of rural infrastructure through „cash for work“ programmes
- Seeds and agricultural equipment for 500 farmer families
- Cereal mills for 35 villages
- Preparing the health sector for the next disaster
- Begin of reconstruction of 13 health centres and four schools
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