20 million people were affected by the 2010 floods, 14 million need emergency health care, 6 million need food and 3.5 million children are vulnerable to water borne diseases.
The 2010 Pakistan floods began in July 2010 following heavy monsoon rains in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan regions of Pakistan. The UN has described the Pakistan floods as the worst natural disaster since the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. According to Latest NDMA (Government of Pakistan) figures, (15th October 2010) the floods have claimed 1974 lives and injured 2940 people. Almost 1.9 million houses have damaged or destroyed and more than 20 million people have affected in 78 districts of Pakistan. An area of at least 160,000 km2 has ravaged by floods. Over 2.2 million Hectares of crops have destroyed and over 10,000 schools have damaged. At present some 579 Medical Health facilities have destroyed at the countrywide level.
New World Hope Organization (NWHO) immediately responded to the devastation caused by the massive floods in July and August 2010. An Emergency Response Cell was established in NWHO headquarters and needs and damage assessments were conducted during and after the flood. NWHO’s Emergency Response Team started setting up medical camps to treat flood victims and start an ambulance service in flood affected areas of the KPK.
New World Hope Organization also sent mobile health teams (the teams comprised male and female doctors, dispensers, hygiene promoters and helpers), ambulances and medicine to the flood affected areas of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) region to provide emergency health care to children and families. Before establishing the medical camps and mobile health units in the flood affected area of district Charsadaa and Nowshera, a screening survey of disease has been conducted. In which different type of water born disease, psychological issues, Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (RTI), Fever, Cough and chest disease were common. As according to the survey identification the medicines were arranged. All the medicine was thoroughly scrutinized for quality and standard.
NWHO setup the Emergency Health Project on the 1st of August 2010 which saw the opening of 4 mobile health units. These health units helped over 30,505 patients in 2 months from 1stAugust to 30 September in the districts of Nowshera and Charsadda ( KPK Province). Mobile medical unit reached the most vulnerable people in the flood affected areas where people couldn’t get to the health units.
From 18 August to 18 October, NWHO arranged 4 Medical Health Centres in which almost 50,310Patients received health assistance.
A total of 80815 men, women and children were given free consultation, medicine and provided treatment against the common diseases.
The Emergency Health Project aims to improve access to quality health services through Medical Health Centres and mobile health units that serve the urgent needs of flood victims in the Nowshera and Charssada districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(KPK).