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(A266) Huma Disaster Relief Medical Mission for Flood-Affected Victims in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

  • N. Ninomiya (a1), H. Lin (a2), K. Ogura (a2), K. Suzuki (a1), S. Maekawa (a2), M. Kuno (a1), Y. Sugamura (a2) and T. Ukai (a2)...

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A Flood disaster struck the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in July 2010. It affected 3 million people and caused 1,400 deaths. Humanitarian Medical Assistance (HuMA) is a non-profit organization in Japan. The organization dispatched three personnel to Islamabad on 20 August in order to conduct an initial needs assessment. They discovered that medical assistance and supplies could not reach all of the victims, especially in the North. Their visits to the surrounding regions highlighted the Nowshera district of KPK province, which had not received enough assistance from the government or aid organizations despite the fact that there were thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) with health issues such as diarrhea, eye and skin disease, and upper respiratory tract infection (URTI). On 03 September, the HuMA Disaster Relief Mission began with the purpose of providing medical treatment and promoting public health for the flood victims in the Nowshera District. Eleven medical providers and coordinators from HuMA operated field mobile clinics in the district in collaboration with a local counterpart non-governmental organization, Nippa Welfare Association (NWA). This project was supported financially by the grant funding from Japan Platform. Humanitarian Medical Assistance served seven sites in Nowshera Districts as mobile field clinics, and consulted 2,216 patients. Total distribution of disease was: (1) URTI = 18.1%; (2) skin disease = 17.9%; (3) musculoskeletal = 15.2%; and (4) others = 19.7%. The team considered continuous medical consultation in the Nowshera District after 2010. The HuMa medical activities ended at the end of September, and the organization donated multi-vitamin tablets, syrups, FE tablets, and anti-biotic cream in order to assist NWA's continuing assistance for the affected communities. The medical providers also left lists of medicines for local doctors and medical staff. Humanitarian Medical Assistance also provided basic supplies needed to prevent victims from experiencing further sanitation problems.

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(A266) Huma Disaster Relief Medical Mission for Flood-Affected Victims in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

  • N. Ninomiya (a1), H. Lin (a2), K. Ogura (a2), K. Suzuki (a1), S. Maekawa (a2), M. Kuno (a1), Y. Sugamura (a2) and T. Ukai (a2)...

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