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AmeriCares Airlifting Medical Aid to Help Flood Survivors in Pakistan

  • August 9, 2010

Pakistan’s worst flooding in 80 years has claimed at least 1,600 lives and has left more than 4 million people homeless. AmeriCares has mounted relief efforts, helping deliver lifesaving medicines and medical supplies for survivors in the region.

The medical aid is tailored for conditions common in the aftermath of a flood and will help treat people suffering from severe infections, malaria and dehydration. AmeriCares will airlift additional relief supplies to Pakistan in the coming days, including critical medicines and surgical items.

 “The health care needs of millions of families affected by the devastating floods are overwhelming,” said Christoph Gorder, AmeriCares senior vice president of global programs. “The floods wiped out crops, destroying the major food supply and livelihood in the region, leaving children and fragile elderly men and women vulnerable to malnutrition.”

Local communities are still recovering from last year’s armed conflict between the Pakistani Army and Taliban militants. Over two million innocent civilians were forced to flee during the conflict. Many families returned to remnants of rubble where their homes once stood, leaving them with little protection against the fierce floods.

“Washed out roads and bridges, hastily rebuilt during the aftermath of the Taliban conflict, have left large areas cut off from emergency relief,” reports Gorder. “We are working with our local partners to ensure the delivery of medical aid in order to prevent a public health catastrophe.”

AmeriCares emergency relief experts are working with local partners to deliver assistance to flood-affected communities. Since 1990, AmeriCares has delivered nearly $57 million in assistance to Pakistan including relief supplies ranging from medicines, medical supplies, equipment, health care facilities and nutritional support.

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