GlaxoSmithKline Pakistan, in conjunction with AmeriCares, has donated urgently needed medicines to International Medical Corps to treat 40,000 flood-affected victims in some of the most severely hit areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
The medicines will be distributed by International Medical Corps’ six mobile medical teams, reaching out to communities in Charsadda, Nowshera and Peshawar. Based on assessments of the most urgently needed medicines, the donation comprises antibiotics, antimalarials, oral rehydration solutions (to treat acute diarrhea) and drugs to treat acute respiratory infections and skin infections.
Following monsoon rains that have unleashed the worst flooding in Pakistan in 80 years, International Medical Corps has deployed mobile teams to reach victims in the most inaccessible areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, treating more than 150 patients a day in Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera. The amount of donated medicines is enough to supply each mobile medical team for a month.
“GlaxoSmithKline’s generosity allows us to continue delivering essential basic health care during what is still a critical situation in Pakistan,” said Sonia Walia, International Medical Corps Regional Coordinator for Asia. “We are extremely grateful to GlaxoSmithKline Pakistan and to AmeriCares for their help in coordinating the donation.”
International Medical Corps has been operating in Pakistan since 1984, providing primary health care services and water/sanitation facilities to displaced Pakistanis and Afghan refugees in the frontier areas.
GlaxoSmithKline – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For further information please visit www.gsk.com.
AmeriCares is a nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization which delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in need around the world and across the United States. Since it was established in 1982, AmeriCares has distributed more than $9 billion in humanitarian aid to 147 countries. For more information, log onto www.AmeriCares.org.