Pakistan 2010 Floods Emergency Response Update
Since immediately deploying local teams in July 2010 to respond to unprecedented flooding in Pakistan, International Medical Corps has provided more than 1.4 million patient consultations through a network of mobile and static health clinics serving the hardest-hit areas. We currently run two programs in flood-affected areas to meet the continuing needs of vulnerable populations. International Medical Corps’ OFDA-funded program seeks to meet emergency healthcare needs and mitigate the health and water, sanitation and hygiene-related risks associated with waterborne diseases and unhygienic practices in Punjab and Sindh, coupled with the provision of early recovery activities in these provinces and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Most recently, International Medical Corps launched an ECHO-funded program to provide emergency primary health care, including reproductive health, mental health and nutrition services to flood-affected populations in Sindh province.
Click here to view a detailed report on our flood response in the past year
International Medical Corps has worked in Pakistan since 1984, initially providing basic paramedical training to young Afghan refugees, who then returned home to treat neglected local populations. Our work extended in 1999 to the local Pakistani population in volatile frontier areas and in 2005 we were among the first to respond to the massive earthquake in the frontier area. Today, International Medical Corps provides primary health care services to internally-displaced Pakistanis in the frontier areas, offers comprehensive basic health services to Afghan refugees who remain on the Pakistani side of the border, operates an emergency obstetrics care center in the city of Peshawar and runs water and sanitation facilities in the tribal areas for internally displaced Pakistanis and Afghan refugees. International Medical Corps currently has more than 750 national staff members working in Pakistan.