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Emergency Medical Aid for Pakistan Earthquake Survivors

  • October 11, 2013

“The remoteness of the region and the tenuous security situation present significant challenges to emergency efforts” 
— Garrett Ingoglia, AmeriCares VP of Emergency ResponseFollowing a deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake in southwest Pakistan on September 24, AmeriCares is responding to urgent requests for help by providing an emergency medical module to our in-country partner with enough medicine to serve as many as 15,000 patients  for up to three months.  While security concerns and travel restrictions in remote Baluchistan province are limiting access for humanitarian organizations, by working through local partners we will be able to provide critical assistance in an area where aid will be needed for months.  Our partners in the region have confirmed a significant need for medical supplies with the quake damaging at least 16 health facilities and totally destroying nine clinics.  Reports indicate that over 300,000 people have been affected, 21,000 homes destroyed and at least 375 killed. The Chief Minister of the province has issued an urgent plea for international aid. The emergency medical module will allow one of our in-country partners to conduct medical camps in the Awaran district, in coordination with a local organization.  Thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed by the earthquake, forcing families to shelter in the open. Photo courtesy of HAI“Working with our long-term partners in Pakistan, we are responding to the medical needs of survivors with a shipment of critical medicines and supplies,” said Garrett Ingoglia, vice president emergency response.  “The remoteness of the region and the tenuous security situation present significant challenges to emergency efforts, but we are seeking ways to provide further assistance to people in need.” 

Other Disaster Relief in Pakistan

Most recently, AmeriCares responded to the fourth consecutive year of seasonal flooding in Pakistan by distributing relief supplies that were in place even before the disaster, so that crucial aid could reach survivors as quickly as possible – part of our Global Prepositioning Initiative. In the recent years of flooding, we have sent more than $6 million in vital humanitarian aid and funded medical camps and projects to distribute relief items, drill wells, install water pumps, stock medical camps with medicines, and rebuild damaged health facilities. Donate Now