The devastating flood during the monsoon season of 2010 created havoc over a wide area across Pakistan. Although the flood affected the lives of thousands of families and individuals in each province of the country, due to Charsadda District’s close proximity to the Kabul and Indus Rivers, the long-term damage has been more severe in this area.
The destruction of most of the health facilities and the already weak economic condition of the region has made the inhabitants even more vulnerable to health problems. In light of the critical situation in Charsadda, Real Medicine Foundation, in collaboration with the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) decided to establish a Basic Health Unit (BHU) in the town of Gulbella, in the Union Council of Sardaryab for a period of at least six months to serve the flood victims of the region.
The BHU was officially inaugurated on December 19, 2010 by RMF Country Director, Dr. Rubina Mumtaz. On the very first day of opening, health care was dispensed to 57 patients and since then, the BHU provided high quality primary health care services for the next 14 months. In the absence of any other functional health facilities in the area, the RMF BHU served the neighboring Union Councils of Naguman, Sardaryab and Agra as well.