Pakistan: Relief and Health Services for Earthquake Affected Victims
Serving Multiple Communities in the District: September 2016 – December 2016
March 14, 2017
Dr. Rubina Mumtaz, Country Director
Summary of Activities
The health clinic has been operational for a little over a year: December 16th, 2015 to December 31st, 2016. It has been located in 4 different villages, all within the same district of Swat. The changes of location mean that we have been serving different communities, but since all come from the same cultural, socioeconomic, and geographical background, the morbidity patterns and statistics have remained quite consistent, with the expected seasonal variations.
Over the course of this year, we have provided a total of 8,525 patients with primary health care and maternal and child health care. The majority of our patients were:
- 48% – 4,099 children (2,125 boys and 1,974 girls)
- 40.7% – 3,473 women
- 11.3% – 953 Men
Out of these 8,525 patients, 5,812 sought primary healthcare services (PHC) and 3,204 women and children benefitted from maternal child healthcare services (MCH).
Health Clinic Site Relocations
Serving the District
Our approach in choosing the clinic site has been need-based, since the central focus is our relief project activities. So we have moved the clinic from site to site according to our assessment of need in different localities within the same district.
At the beginning of our last quarter of the year, October 2016, we relocated the clinic to the village of Balogram, Union Council Odigram, Tehsil Saidu Shariff, where we are currently operational.
Primary Health Care
A total of 1,606 men, women, and children sought primary health care services:
- Respiratory Tract Infections – 16.8%
- Diarrhea – 13.9%
- UTIs – 11.4%
- General Body Weakness – 7.3%
- Anemic – 7%
Maternal and Child Health
A total of 765 women and children sought MCH services.
- Antenatal Care – 107 pregnant women
- Postnatal Visits – 67 lactating mothers
- Family Planning Services -14 women
Gynecology and obstetrics pathologies presented:
- Irregular Period – 134 women
- Leukorrhea – 119 women
- Dysmenorrhea – 60 women
On October 26, 2015, at 14.09 hrs, an earthquake of magnitude 7.7 hit the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. The epicenter was centered in Badakhsan Province of Afghanistan, 76 Km north of the Chitral border of Pakistan.
The earthquake luckily spared extreme damage to infrastructure of the affected areas, hence the low rate of mortality and morbidity but remote villages tucked deep in the folds of the mountains composed of mud and wood have succumbed to the quake tremors rendering whole villages shelter less. Also the event triggered off a series of landslides in the mountainous regions that, in the face of the impending winter where it has been raining and snowing in some regions, led to power outages in many places and road blocks, isolating large tracts of areas where people are in need.
1. To provide immediate relief shelter
2. To provide immediate relief food
3. To provide immediate health care
4. To assist in rebuilding of destroyed homes