Saturday, 25 October 2014

HANDS Emergency Response for flood affected people of Punjab


HANDS initiated health services through conduction of Mobile Medical Camps in support of District Government Chiniot, Sialkot, Jhang and Rajanpur. HANDS Medical teams have started the medical services from 12th September in Tehsil Bhawana and Lallian of Chiniot district and Tehsil Sambrial of Sialkot district with the facilitation of Ujala Welfare Trust and Young Blood Foundation. HANDS started Medical Camps in district Jhang from September 21, 2014 in four different Union Councils of Tehsil Athara Hazari and Jhang. HANDS teams have planned health education sessions on Health & Hygiene in the IDP camps at and different places in different UCs of District Chiniot, Sialkot, Jhang and Rajanpur.

Gender wise detail of Medical Camp Patients:
Total 5,020 Patients were treated by HANDS Medical team and as graph shows that most of them were female which is 41% (n=2,066), male 39% (n=1,945) and 20% (n=1,009) children were also given medical facilities by HANDS team. HANDS Medical teams are providing health


facilities in Sialkot, Jhang, Rajanpur and Chiniot districts.
Patients
Chiniot
Sialkot
Rajanpur
Jhang
Total
%
Male
785
128
138
894
1945
38.75
Female
918
171
153
824
2066
41.16
Children
394
65
253
297
1009
20.10
Total
2097
364
544
2015
5020

Diseases wise ratio of Patients:
ARI and Skin Diseases are most common diseases in these medical camps. 22.7% cases were reported of Skin Diseases and 13.3% of ARI and Diarrhea.




HANDS Future planning to continue its Emergency Response (Integrated Relief Package) with Support of DFID (Department For International Development) in four flood affected districts of Punjab:
HANDS has a plan to launch an integrated emergency relief program for the period of 3 months in  worst affected union councils of  district Chiniot, Jhang, (central Punjab), Multan & Muzaffargarh (southern Punjab). The integrated relief package for 2,000 families will be comprised of;

1.    Provision of Roofing Kits
2.    Provision of Solar Lights
3.    Distribution of Ceramic Filters
4.    Distribution of Hygiene Kits
5.    Distribution of Winterization Kits
6.    Provision of Medical Services 


 

Relief and Recovery Project for Earthquake Affected areas of Baluchistan – One Year On

A Powerful earthquake struck Baluchistan on 24th September 2013, the quake’s epicentre was in the Awaran District, but other districts of Baluchistan – Kech (Turbat) and Panjgur were also affected. According to reports, the tremors registered were of 7.8 on the Richter scale. After the initial incident, another earthquake of 7.2 magnitude hit same area of Baluchistan on September 28, 2013.

The initial results of rapid assessment by HANDS (Health And Nutrition Development Society) International and the data presented by PDMA (Provincial Disaster Management Authority) Baluchistan showed that 42000 families and nearly 300,000 people were affected. Around 90% of the buildings including shops and houses in 8 union councils of District Awaran collapsed. According to PDMA Baluchistan 399 people died and 599 were injured. Dozens of health & Education facilities, water wells were also damaged.

Based on desperate state of affairs, HANDS was among the first few NGOs to reach Awaran.