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Flood victims in Pakistan still need your help!


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“The environment is not clean and there are a lot of fevers, infections,” said Azra, 21. “The weather is changing now, so we expect to see much more.”

Azra is a Ladies Health Visitor and nurse working in northern Pakistan. She sees between 100 to 150 patients – more than half of them women and children – in a single day, at a mobile medical clinic set up to help survivors of the floods that began to sweep the country in July.

In Londa village in Charsadda district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), where the Islamic Relief mobile health clinic has set up camp today, Azra and her colleagues provide female-friendly medical care to people suffering from a range of health problems. “It’s caused by living in dirty conditions, the unsanitary conditions that people are living in,” she says, in her soft-spoken voice. The Londa clinic is based inside a local school building which survived the floodwater, surrounded by the remains of homes swept away by the floodwater. The floodwater in this village rose to six foot at its height.

In earlier days, the commonest health problems Azra saw were skin complaints, eye infections, and diarrhoea, but now there are fewer cases.

“We have been working with the community, distributing clean water and hygiene kits, cleaning up the environment, and holding hygiene awareness sessions,” she explains, “As awareness of the importance of hygiene increases, I have seen the cases of diarrhoea and skin problems gradually reducing.”

However, respiratory infections, fever and coughs are now on the increase. Azra attributes this to the flood-hit environment people are living in, taking its toll on their immune systems as winter draws closer. And she notes that it is especially hard for the local women: “Women have lost a lot of weight, especially pregnant women – through stress and food availability problems. Women do not have inoculations which are important for their health and their baby’s health.”

Azra sadly recalls a home-visit yesterday, where she was called to a pregnant lady suffering from post-natal bleeding: “Unfortunately, her baby had died during delivery. We immediately took her to hospital, in our ambulance.”

“After home deliveries we see a lot of antenatal health complications here, especially post-natal bleeding amongst first-time mothers which can cause deaths. So we encourage women to deliver in hospital. Thankfully, because female doctors are available in Charsadda hospital, most women do deliver in hospital.”

Part of Azra’s job as Ladies Health Visitor is to give her patients valuable advice on ante-natal and post-natal care, the importance of environmental health, and the protection provided by vaccinations for themselves and their children. She visits women in their homes too – making sure as many people as possible get to access the medical care available. Treatment and medication is provided free, and the team has reported a lot of success in improving health.

Azra and the rest of the Islamic Relief mobile medical team are also having a positive impact on the mental wellbeing of local people, particularly through their provision for the needs of children:

“At the beginning people were very stressed and traumatised from their experiences in the floods and the worry of how they would survive… after their homes were destroyed,” she reflects, “Children in particular were very stressed and afraid that the floods would come again.”

“They’re much more relaxed now. People here depend on God for help. The support that people have received from NGOs has helped alleviate some of their anxiety, and I think that they have good hope for the future now.”

As winter draws closer, with your help, Islamic Relief can continue to provide vital healthcare and hope to the flood-hit families of Pakistan. Please donate today.

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