After the devastating earthquake in Pakistan on 8 October 2006, providing people with winterized shelter still is one of the primary challenges for the international humanitarian organisations.
The cold winter made the realization of relief measures in favour of the people in need very difficult between Christmas and New year. Now erosion due to heavy rains and snowfalls make transport of goods a difficult job. Lorries on their way to Bagh have to wait again and again until roads are cleared. Extremely difficult to reach are the Palas Valley as well as the Kolay Valley. Remote areas that are completely cut off from infrastructure can only be reached by helicopters. However, the number of helicopters is limited in view of the great need of relief. Further on, air traffic depends on good weather conditions.
With financial support of the European Commission (ECHO) and the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Malteser International will provide about 7,000 inhabitants of the remote Palas Tehsil in the district of Kohistan with winterized shelter, blankets, wood stoves and basic medical care until the middle of May 2006. The procurement and distribution of the relief items is done in cooperation with the local organisation PCDF (Palas Conservation and Development Federation). Next to the supply of winterized shelter the construction of a community health post for medical support for up to 5,000 families and in particular women is brought to the fore.
In cooperation with its Turkish partner organisation International Blue Crescent (IBC), Malteser International has provided 200 families in eight villages in the district of Bagh with winterized tents, blankets, mats and wood stoves. Two basic health care centres will be constructed in these settlements from the middle of March on. They will be provided with medicine and medical material as well.
At the long term an important aim is to reactivate economic activities in the affected areas. For this it is crucial to restore infrastructure like irrigation canals as well as to give start-up-aid to the people in the form of seeds and animals to enable livelihood again. Income generating measures are supposed to flank the relief actions.
Next to numerous distribution programs in the frame of winter emergency relief, Malteser International provided the French field hospital in Muzaffarabad with 90 walking frames for injured earthquake victims already last november.
|Duration:||October 2005 to 2006|
|Financing:||European Commission (ECHO), Federal Foreign Office of Germany, , Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V., Deutsche Bank, Liebherr Foundation, private donations|
|Partner:||International Blue Crescent (IBC), Aid to Leprosy Patients (ALP), Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC), Palas Conservation and Development Federation ( PCDF ), Sisters Doctors Forum of India (SDFI), Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI).|