Rose Charities is a long time supporter of Dr Emel Khan who runs an amazing program on the Pakistan Afganistan border called Frontier Primary Healthcare FPHC. If you want to donate to help FPHC please donate through Rose Charities.
Dr Khan writes:
Really the situation here is at its worst and irreversible damages have been caused by the heavy rains and floods in Pakistan. The floods have played havoc throughout Pakistan especially Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa, Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab provinces. However, the Khyber Pukhtoonakhwa province has been worst affected. The beautiful valley of Swat, Shangla district, Lower Dir, Upper Dir and Malakand agency, districts of Tank, Dera Ismail Khan, Nowshera and Charsadda are amongst the worst hit areas of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa. Mardan and Swabi districts have also been affected but the damage is not that heavy. The floods have entered Punjab province and now entering Sindh. It is still raining here and even today one of our teams could not reach the medical camp because again there were new floods and the team had to change the area they are working in. There are terrifying scenes in the flood affected areas and 20 feet of flood water was flowing over roads. Currently two of our mobile teams consisting of Medical Doctors, Medical Technicians, Lady Health Visitors, Social Mobilisers and support staff equipped with Ambulances, medicine and equipment are providing emergency medical services including Mother and Child Health Care services to flood affected people. So far, the major diseases reported are skin infections, diarreah and respiratory infections. Until yesterday the two teams have treated 3,240 patients and provided antenatal care to more than 55 pregnant women. In addition to the mobile teams, our fixed health centers in Charsadda, Nowshera, Mardan and Swabi districts are also providing health care services to flood affected people even if they are out of the catchment areas of our health facilities. We are also providing other support like occasional cooked food, clothes and utensils etc. But the demand is very high and even the national, international organizations and Government of Pakistan cannot meet the requirement. Our health facilities are collecting donations in kind and cash from those people who have not been affected by the flood but these donations are very limited.