November 25, 2022
Universal Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Since June 2022, a 30- years record-breaking monsoon has led to severe floods affecting over 80% of Pakistan. Its impact has been devastating:
Pakistan is facing a massive humanitarian crisis that unfortunately won’t be resolved quickly. The flooding has not only taken thousands of lives and damaged billions of dollars in homes and infrastructure, but its repercussions are only just beginning. The floods have destroyed thousands of crops and have greatly impacted Pakistan’s food security, the risk for malnutrition and even starvation is on high alert according to the international community.
The damage has also extended to the healthcare sector, impacting over 1,400 public health facilities, leaving thousands without access to care. Contaminated and stagnant water are also an extreme health hazard, increasing the risk of malaria, dengue, acute watery diarrhea, and cholera outbreaks. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where Doctors of the World operates, over 5,000 patients have been identified within 24 hours with communicable diseases such as diarrhea,acute watery diarrhea ,acute respiratory infections, skin infections, eye infections, pneumonia and typhoid in the most flood-affected districts.
Doctors of the World (DotW) has mobilized its team of over 100 staff in Pakistan to respond to this crisis from August 28th, through integrated outreach healthcare and reproductive health services with mobile clinics in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, including the Nowshera, Charsadda and Chitral districts. DotW is in close coordination with the district health department, and other stakeholders to ensure coordinated efforts.
As of the end of September 2022, Doctors of the World has:
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