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  • May 18, 2011: Flood Relief and Safe Delivery Initiative Progress Report
  • February 1, 2011: Naya Jeevan continues Medical Camps, Checkups, and Hospital Referrals for Flood Impacted Families and Pregnant Women in Sujjawal, Thatta
  • November 4, 2010: First Successful Delivery at a Hospital under Naya Jeevan's Safe Delivery Initiative for Flood Impacted Pregnancies
  • October 28, 2010: Naya Jeevan's Team in Collaboration with FLP Conducts a Medical Camp at the Jomshoro Relief Camp
  • October 11, 2010: Naya Jeevan's Team Returns from a Safe Delivery Initiative Pre-Assessment Site Visit of FLP's Jomshoro Camp
  • September 21, 2010: Google donates $1 Million to Charitable Organizations involved in the Response to the Pakistan Floods including Naya Jeevan
  • September 20, 2010: Naya Jeevan's Safe Delivery Initiative for High Risk Pregnancies
  • September 17, 2010: Flood Relief & Recovery Effort Supporters - Thank You for your Generous Contributions and Efforts!
  • August 30, 2010: Jonathan Lewis blogs about Disasters, Pakistan, and Naya Jeevan's Social Model & Pakistan Floods Response on the Huffington Post
  • August 29, 2010: Naya Jeevan's Flood Relief and Recovery Efforts - A Summary by Naya Jeevan's COO Irum Musharraf
  • August 29, 2010: US Now San Francisco Bay Area Flood Relief Benefit Dinner raises funds for Naya Jeevan's Flood Relief and Recovery Efforts
  • August 24, 2010: Naya Jeevan's Team Returns from Relief Efforts in Mardan and Charsadda
  • August 24, 2010: Acumen Fund has launched a tapestry forum "On The Ground in Pakistan" - a simple way to show our solidarity
  • August 19, 2010: A Team from Naya Jeevan will be leaving for Mardan and Charsadda on Friday to help with Relief Efforts - Pre-Assessment by Dr. Aftab Iqbal
  • August 18, 2010: How Naya Jeevan is Supporting Relief/Recovery on the Ground in Pakistan’s Flood Impacted Areas - A Message from Naya Jeevan's CEO Dr. Asher Hasan
  • August 13, 2010: Resource Finder Tool for Crisis Responders Launched by Google with help from Naya Jeevan
  • August 10, 2010: Donate to Naya Jeevan to Help the Flood Victims
  • August 10, 2010: Donations to Flood Relief Responders
  • August 10, 2010: Pakistan Flood Disaster's Impact Description from Wikipedia
After 9 months of on-the-ground efforts towards flood relief, Naya Jeevan has published a report that describes the activities undertaken and results achieved. This includes 115 high risk pregnancies that were provided high quality medical care and delivery facilities under the Safe Delivery Initiative, 3888 NGO school children in the flood affected areas who were provided with Naya Jeevan's health care coverage for 2011 under the NGO School Initiative, several medical camps undertaken at flood affected areas, and delivery of medicine and clothing to flood affectees through partner organizations. View the full Progress Report.
After setting up the logistics for the Safe Delivery Initiative in Hyderabad/Jomshoro, Naya Jeevan proceeded to move into phase two of the Safe Delivery Initiative in Thatta. The HANDS NARI project team (funded by the Packard Foundation) in collaboration with Naya Jeevan will identify high risk pregnancies in the FLP camps and their neighboring villages. These pregnancies will be transported to one of three partner hospitals. Here these pregnancies can be delivered in a safe environment. The pregnancies will be monitored and evaluated by Naya Jeevan, while the HANDS team will work on the ground to make sure the pregnant ladies are educated.
Naya Jeevan's team visited the FLP camp at Sujjawal Bund on January 20 to collect demographic data and understand the needs of the community. Based on our survey of the people present we found 104 households, 619 residents, 413 children, 261 females and 11 pregnancies. The Naya Jeevan team returned to the camp on January 28 to conduct a medical camp in collaboration with the HANDS and UNICEF teams.
Naya Jeevan would like to thank:
  1. The HANDS team for the ground support that they are providing for the safe delivery initiative.
  2. GlaxoSmithKline Pakistan for donation of important antibiotics and medicine for flood affected.
  3. Life Bridge and Dr. Geet for coming all the way from Karachi even though they are busy arranging a mobile camp in Dadu just to see how they can help this specific community.
  4. The Naya Jeevan supporters especially Google for funds to allow safe deliveries for these flood affected ladies.
  5. FLP for identification of these camps.
Dr Aftab Iqbal, Naya Jeevan's Medical Services Team Leader maintained a Field Log of his observations and experiences. Excerpts from his field log are reproduced below. The full field log can be viewed here. The rest of the photo album from the medical camp can be viewed on our Facebook Page.
Naya Jeevan doctors Dr.Aftab and Dr.Fahad started seeing patients and with the help of Naya Jeevan team members Faisal, Zeeshan and volunteer Arshad who took the role of delivering and counseling on medicine use. Naya Jeevan team member Ahmed helped Dr.Fahad translate and back translate in Sindhi. A HANDS team member helped Dr.Aftab with translation and logistics.
HANDS lady health workers and nurses helped Naya Jeevan doctor, Dr. Zahra, find and counsel pregnant ladies on how to avail free delivery service and counseled on potential complications of pregnancy. They also made sure the ladies received iron and folic acid supplementation and understood the importance. They also gathered the women and taught them the importance of hand washing, soap use and ORS. Soap and ORS was also distributed to the families. One lady bathed her son and brought him back in clean clothes within one hour. It was very exciting to see how the community was participating.
Over the course of the day Naya Jeevan doctors went on to diagnose cases such as rickets, suspected polio, severe malnutrition (marasmus), de-compensated liver disease, skin diseases such as impetigo (a contagious bacterial infection mainly involving the face of children), suspected leprosy, severe anemia, and a lot of respiratory tract infections. They also had the chance to see a young child with umbilical hernia that had the potential to strangulate. Immunization status of children was asked and many of them had not had the full course of vaccination.
One high risk pregnancy struck us all. She was a lady that was seven months pregnant with her first child who had gone mute over the last month. She had also stopped eating properly and wasn’t communicating to anybody. One of the differential diagnosis of this lady was post traumatic stress disorder due to the stress of delivering a child post floods in a limited resource setting. Naya Jeevan and HANDS have noted down the details of this pregnancy and would be ensuring that she is evaluated medically and psychologically so she delivers safely and remains in good health to raise her child.
Lal Bibi, a flood affected mother at the Jomshoro relief camp, delivered a healthy baby at our collaborating hospital Wali Bhai Rajputana Hospital in Hyderabad today. Both the mother and the baby are happy and healthy and will be discharged soon at no cost to them.
Naya Jeevan had recently partnered with the Wali Bhai Rajputana Hospital for the hospitalization and safe delivery of full term pregnant mothers within the flood affectees. We also collaborated with Edhi Ambulance to transport the patient and an attendant. Naya Jeevan's Dr. Aftab and Dr. Fahad accompanied the patient and facilitated the completion of all paperwork and formalities at the hospital.
Naya Jeevan's Safe Delivery Initiative plans to cover high risk third-trimester pregnancies within the flood impaced communities we serve. The high risk pregnancies are supported and delivered by one of our network hospitals. The cost of the delivery and newborn care (immunization, circumcision, and incubator care) are supported by your continuing donations to our Flood Relief efforts.
Naya Jeevan's medical team led by Dr. Aftab Iqbal held a medical camp at Jomshoro this past week in collaboration with the Future Leaders of Pakistan (FLP). Four doctors treated 76 patients at the camp and distributed medications. The rest of the photo album from the medical camp can be viewed here.
Naya Jeevan had planned to cover high risk third-trimester pregnancies using the flood relief & rehabilitation funds. These high risk pregnancies would be taken to the nearest network hospital and the cost of the delivery and newborn care (immunization, circumcision, and incubator care) would be covered by Naya Jeevan's safe delivery initiative funds. Future Leaders of Pakistan (FLP) has twelve camps in Sindh. Two camps are in Jomshoro and two are in Hyderabad. This target population is in our Phase 1 of the delivery initiative.
The biggest concerns of the flood victims residing in the camp were a) Medical needs of women and children, b) Water and Sanitation, and c) Economic recovery and rehabilitation. Dr Aftab Iqbal, Naya Jeevan's Medical Services Team Leader maintained a Field Log of his observations and experiences. Excerpts from his field log are reproduced below. The full field log and his list of recommendations can be viewed here.
The community men told us that their village still had flood water when they last had men visit it four days ago. The earliest they could even think of going back was after Eid. The village was an hour and a half drive away from the camp location.
The men told us that a team of foreign doctors had come in Ramadan and taken all children to Karachi for de-worming and scabies treatment. They however feared that most of them had gotten the diseases again. Many of the children had rashes and were continuously itching themselves (scabies, impetigo, and fungal infections likely).
The men said most of them were farmers who cultivated land on rent. They had invested in cotton harvests but all that was lost. I asked them if the land owners could help. They told us that the land-owners make them sign a contract at the beginning of the year that promises a return of a certain amount. Also, many men have to now pay for the machinery damaged by the floods. This was horrifying to hear. They then said that they were thankful that no one in their village had died and they were optimistic of the future. This gave me great inspiration and courage. Here they had lost everything they owned yet still looked forward to re-building their lives.
A quick survey revealed that there 48 families in the three camp zones. The total number of inhabitants came up to 224. These families had 131 children. There were 106 reproductive age (12 & above) women in the camp. We found 6 pregnant ladies (all of them in their last trimester). The families with more than two spouses got one camp for each of the spouses (05 men with more than one wife). Two of the camps were for storing ration given by FLP. One camp was used as a guest camp for visitors to the camp.
As part of their Clinton Global Initiative commitment this year, Google is providing $1 million in charitable grants, as well as technology support to help the people of Pakistan recover from the floods crisis. This increases the original $250,000 donation to 7 NGO's including Naya Jeevan working on the ground in Pakistan right after flooding on August 13. In remarks during the opening plenary at CGI, Eric Schmidt noted the importance of bringing 21st century technology solutions to disaster relief work. Read Google's full announcement on the Official Google Blog.
Google's Crisis Response webpage (in English and Urdu) provides a range of information and resources developed by Google and partner organization for flood relief efforts. Google shared Pakistan MapMaker data with UN agency UNOSAT (responsible for using geo-spatial info to coordinate response to disasters). Mapmaker is a product that allows users to improve Maps by uploading local landmarks themselves. The Google Maps team has regularly updated the best available imagery which can be viewed on a Local Portal put together by local super mappers. Google also launched Resource Finder, an experimental tool that aggregates info on health facilities and what services they offer.
Naya Jeevan is working on a safe delivery initiative in which we aim to cover at least 500 high risk third-trimester pregnancies within the flood impaced communities we serve. The high risk pregnancies would be supported and delivered by one of our network hospitals at a cost of $100 per delivery. The safe delivery initiative is being supported by your continuing donations to our Flood Relief efforts.
Kalsoom Lakhani, Director of ML Resources Social Vision (a Naya Jeevan granter), wrote a blog "The Cacophony of Tragedy" on the CHUP! - Changing Up Pakistan blog she founded. The blog entry describes the grim state in Pakistan and the healthcare challenges the flood victims face.
Naya Jeevan appreciates all our supporters for their generous contributions and efforts - you continue to help alleviate the health impact on the survivors of one of the largest disasters in recent history. We would especially like to recognize Fauzia Adeel Butt of Dubai, UAE for raising over $21,000 and Samar Khan Niazi of Singapore for raising over $6,300.
Dr. Hina Chaudhry of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Robin Solomon of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City arranged for a donation of about 100kg of antibiotics and other medicines worth over $20,000. The medicine was shipped free by PIA and was delivered to our flood relief partner UM Trust whose doctors shall use the medicines in the ongoing daily mobile camps they hold in Charsadda and Nowshera.
Naya Jeevan also appreciates all those who are actively engaged in flood relief and recovery efforts on the ground in Pakistan. Please remember to provide the highest quality of healthcare to the victims using the Sphere Project Handbook. The Handbook defines and upholds the standards by which the global community responds to the plight of people affected by disasters, principally through a set of guidelines that are set out in the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response.
Jonathan Lewis, Founder/CEO of the Opportunity Collaboration, Founder/Chair of MicroCredit Enterprises, and Contributing Blogger at the Huffington Post featured Naya Jeevan in his blog post Stop the Disasters. Pakistan, and Then What?.
In Pakistan, Naya Jeevan, a carefully selected Opportunity Collaboration Fellow, is a nonprofit social enterprise providing low-income families with affordable access to quality, catastrophic healthcare. The flood waters on the nightly news are proving Naya Jeevan's social model works.
The Pakistan floods of 2010 are the worst disasters in the last half century. One-fifth of Pakistan is covered with floods and 20 million people are displaced and suffering.
Read Naya Jeevan's Pakistan Floods Response. Then act.
What Naya Jeevan has been Doing
  1. Facilitating Referal Cases to Private Healthcare Networks: Naya Jeevan's medical team has been supplementing the efforts of UM Healthcare Trust as volunteer doctors and counselors in Mardan and Charsadda. Naya Jeevan is also supplementing their work by taking referral cases to our network of private hospitals for in-patient, surgery, trauma and cases that are outside their scope and capacity
  2. Delivering Medicines: Naya Jeevan's Business Development team has negotiated US $25,000 worth of medicines from pharmaceutical partners for the benefit of flood victims. These needs are communicated by our medical team's on ground work with UM Healthcare Trust and CDRS / Shine Humanity
  3. Mapping Healthcare Facilities: Since early August Naya Jeevan has been working with Google to map private/non-profit healthcare facilities and collect statistics on hospital services and capacity across Pakistan e.g. number of beds, ER, surgery, maternity. This Resource Finder tool will provide efficiency to relief workers and referrals.
Relief Phase Plan Through December 2010: Safe Deliveries and Post-Natal Care for High Risk Pregnancies
Naya Jeevan and Future Leaders of Pakistan (a youth led community service organization) have identified a dire need within the flood affected communities we serve. There are thousands of women who are in their final trimesters in the area within a 2-hour radius of Karachi (Thatta, Sujawal, Hyderabad, Jamshoro, etc.) who do not have access to safe birthing facilities (most of them are living in make-shift tents). For US $100 you can bring one of these high-risk pregnancies to safe birthing facilities and provide post-natal care to the infant for 1 year (to include immunizations). Our goal is to raise US $50,000 and bring 500+ women and their newborns to safety.
Recovery Phase Plan: Naya Jeevan Health Plan for Flood Victims
In line with our core expertise, Naya Jeevan's goal is to sustainably provide quality health care access beyond the relief phase, and in to the recovery phase for flood victims. As displaced populations are re-establishing income streams, our health insurance model ensures reduction of household income expenditure on healthcare costs. Our community health insurance model will expand healthcare access to our network of private hospitals and quality controlled non-profit partners across Pakistan. We will be allocating funds raised to sponsor flood-affected communities in Mardan and Hyderabad.
An Iftar and Dinner Fundraiser sponsored by Bay Area organizations was held to raise funds for and awareness of the plight of 20 million Pakistanis affected by the worst floods in the history of Pakistan. The fundraiser attracted more than 350 attendees. Naya Jeevan was one of the recipient organizations of the donation money raised. Some videos featured in the event include Interview with Imran Khan, "Water" - Flood Devastation Video, Pakistan Flood - Stats and Suffering Montage, Relief Effort Montage, "Pakistan Then and Now" Montage, and Beautiful Pakistan and Relief Effort Combined Video.
The Naya Jeevan team returned from Charsadda/Mardan. Shaban Khalid very graciously provided all the transport and logistics. Dr. Aftab Iqbal saw nearly 100 patients with assistance from volunteers (Alizeh Atif & Mrs. Atif) at a medical camp UM Healthcare Trust set up in Meoli village adjacent to the Swat river. Sabeen F. Haque provided counseling to over 45 women, of whom 18 were pregnant and dehydrated/malnourished.
These are the Children that Naya Jeevan wants to insure. Look into her eyes and tell us that she does not need it?
Special thanks to Atif Mumtaz, Mumtaz Sb and Sher Akber for hosting us at UM Healthcare Hospital in Mardan. Truly a dedicated group of individuals who we will continue to support. Kudos to Fauzia Adeel Butt, Nabeel Butt & Anil for making the trek out to Village Meoli, Tehsil Tangi, District Charsadda, KPK/NWFP all the way from Dubai and Lahore to join the Naya Jeevan and UM Healthcare Trust & CDRS / Shine Humanity teams and assess the on-ground situation of villagers impacted by the recent floods.
Elderly woman passed out of because of dehydration   They listened carefully. They gave us prayers.   Destruction Personified  
Dr Aftab Iqbal, Naya Jeevan's Medical Services Team Leader maintained a Field Log of his experiences with the relief efforts. Some of his observations are reproduced below. The full field log and his list of suggestions for future camps can be viewed here.
The doctors would rapidly assess the patients & write up a prescription, the pharmacists would pass out the medicine and counsel on its use, Shaban would register the patients and Sabeen, Alizeh and Mrs.Atif would interact with the women under the supervision of Dr.Babar. Food rations and water purification tablets would also be passed out.
For the next four hours I saw what seemed an eternity of skin diseases. Practically everybody had either scabies or impetigo or contact dermatitis or fungal infections. I saw people with puncture wounds that hadn't received anti-tetanus injections and men with wounds that were infected and dirty. I looked at kids with diarrhea and stomach pain. People with conjunctivitis teared up and eventually I even saw a person with otitis externa (ear infection) from swimming in the dirty flood waters. Everybody needed ORS and counseling on maintaing an adequate electrolyte balance. Compounding the situation was that people were fasting and thus during the day were exposed to loss of electrolytes.
Over the course of the day we saw over 150 patients. In addition to the common diseases due to the flood (skin diseases, gastroenteritis, upper and lower respiratory tract infections, conjunctivitis, puncture wounds, and infected wounds) we started seeing sporadic cases of suspected malaria. I didn't get a chance to interact with the ladies but from the feedback I got many were pregnant. Some of them were nursing and breastfeeding and yet pregnant again. All of them were anemic and most were fasting in spite of the tough conditions. Sabeen, Alizeh and Mrs. Atif sat down with them and gave counseling sessions of pre-natal, and post-natal care.
As we left we could see the smiles on the faces of people. It was a small effort on our part but that is all that was needed to make them feel wanted. In return they gave us immense love and respect. And this was a village that had seen the worst of the flood a few weeks back. Could you imagine what the situation would be like in lower Punjab and Interior Sindh where flood waters are still rising? UMTrust is in need of volunteer doctors for their mobile relief camp projects in Charsadda, Nowshera, Gilgit and Sukkur. Naya Jeevan plans to help in the Sukkur camp. If anybody is interested please contact either UM Healthcare Trust or us.
The world has been slow to react to the enormity of the floods in Pakistan. Pakistan urgently needs the world to stand with her during this grave humanitarian crisis. Acumen Fund has launched a forum On The Ground in Pakistan which allows you to post your stories or photographs on Pakistan, and any links regarding the flood. Please share what you are hearing or doing on this site – doing so will help demonstrate to the world that people (Pakistanis and non-Pakistanis) are taking action to help. We urge you to raise your voice in support for Pakistan by adding to the tapestry and highlighting other ways to help.
A team from Naya Jeevan will be leaving on Friday to assist with flood relief efforts in Mardan and Charsadda. They will collaborate with 2 highly credible and performance oriented relief agencies: CDRS / Shine Humanity & UM Healthcare Trust.
Dr Aftab Iqbal, Naya Jeevan's Medical Services Team Leader got a chance to talk to Dr. Qasim who is spearheading the relief efforts for UM Healthcare Trust. Dr. Qasim is based in UM Healthcare Trust's main camp in Chargulli, Mardan. They are collaborating with CDRS / Shine Humanity who are also staying with them.
They have two mobile vans that travel to different locations: one usually to Charsadda - very badly affected according to Dr.Qasim, and one in a location that needs assistance according to their assessment e.g they are going to Nowshera tomorrow.
They cater to approximately 125 patients a day and can handle general OPD, minor surgeries and vacccinations (they have three fridges and have cold storage boxes for transport). They have seen a shift in the demography of the community from wholly camp-based to partially based in the community (staying with neighbors and community buildings such as schools).
Dr. Qasim wanted us to note the following points:
  • Skin Diseases: Practically everybody is suffering from Skin diseases due to contact with the water. They are seeing contact dermatitis, fungal infections, allergies and scabies. He requested we arrange Scabion lotion, steroidal skin creams, antibiotics (mainly gram positive like Amoxicillin for Impetigo), anti-allergics (like Loratadine, Diphenhydramine) and anti-fungal creams (Clo-trimazole).
  • Diarrheal Diseases: Diarrheal Diseases are rampant. They need ORS, fluid & electrolytes, Septran & tetracyclines, Floroquinolones, Metronidazole, and anti-Amobeics (Entimazole). As you might have been following in the news there has been a Cholera outbreak and the doctors have been advised to treat all diarrheal diseases as Cholera.
  • Respiratory Infections: Upper Respiratory Tract Infections have become common and they need Pencillins and Erythromycin. They also requested cough syrups like Cofcol.
  • Gastric Problems: They have now started seeing gastric complaints and requested antacids and anti GERD medications like Ranitidine.
  • Children: For children they have requested deworming medicine (Zentil). They also need antibiotic and cough syrups.
  • Women: For women they have requested iron pill supplements.
  • Vaccines: The top priority in vaccines is in the following order:
    1. Tetanus - most important practically everybody needs it because of contact with dirty water
    2. Typhoid
    3. Cholera - least priority because they are treating everybody with diarrhea for Cholera as per recommendation anyway
  • Water Purification Tablets: They are in need of water purification tablets such as Dettol, Pure and Aqua.
Naya Jeevan, a California based not-for-profit social enterprise, is currently engaged in supporting flood relief efforts by partnering with 2 highly credible and performance oriented relief agencies: CDRS / Shine Humanity which is run by American singer-turned-humanitarian relief worker Todd Shea & UM Healthcare Trust which is run by Stanford University graduate, Atif Mumtaz. These organizations are providing emergency supplies, food, medical treatment, etc. to the afflicted population in remote villages of Charsadda district.
We would like to extend these relief efforts by enrolling large numbers of flood victims into our Naya Jeevan health plan which will give these villagers access to quality, private hospitals for secondary/tertiary care in Mardan or Peshawar (~20-30km from these areas in Charsadda) over the next year.
Scaling the current relief efforts of our local partners and providing extended healthcare protection are the two major objectives of our ongoing public fundraising drive. In addition, we are reaching out to large corporations, especially pharmaceutical companies & individuals to provide medicine and products that can be used towards the relief/recovery efforts on a large scale.
Leveraging Technology: the New, Innovative Face of Disaster Relief
The TED fellows community in Pakistan (of which we are members) has launched a web platform Pakistan Flood Incident Reporting which leverages the sms-mobile technology platform developed by Ushahidi for the Haitian earthquake. Once we are on the ground in flood-affected villages of Charsadda on Friday afternoon, we can start sending sms reports of the status for real-time updates to the website.
In addition, the Google Health Team led by Dr. Joanne Stevens and Prem Ramaswami, and the Google Pakistan Country representative Badar Khushnood have been working with Dr. Aftab Iqbal from Naya Jeevan on a hospital/clinic locator Resource Finder.
Google has deployed an early version of their Resource Finder tool. Resourse Finder is a tool for Crisis Responders to help map and disseminate updated information about Health Facilities and Services. After the floods crisis, this tool will continue to be useful to the health professionals of Pakistan in knowing the health facilities available.
Naya Jeevan's team members collaborated with the Google team to map the health facilities in Pakistan and helped populate the data especially with information on health facilities e.g. number of beds, facilities available. The immediate aim was to help relief workers find the nearest health facility for a particular condition in the flood stricken areas e.g where is nearest dialysis center from Sukkur?
Naya Jeevan also helped Google connect with local and international public health experts. Google was impressed by our response and ability to gather people that they released the tool during the testing phase. This tool was used in Haiti post-disaster. This is the first time they are releasing it during an ongoing disaster.
The official Google announcement about their crisis response and the Resource Finder tool can be read on their blog post Responding to the floods in Pakistan. Google's Pakistan Floods Crisis Response website provides links to news, donation options, Resource Finder tool, Person Finder tool, satellite imagery, and useful tools and resources from other organizations.
We at Naya Jeevan believe that all aid going into Pakistan, especially via reputed organizations is being put into good use. Naya Jeevan is providng complimentary help to these organizations. While these organizations are focusing on relief, food and shelter (as they should be) we are aiming to make sure that the flood victims are taken care of throughout the year. Our health plan will make sure that the health needs of the affected will not be discontinued when the relief organizations have to pull out.
Over the next few months, during the acute phase of the emergency, many flood survivors will be at increased risk for diarrheal diseases, skin diseases and many other infectious outbreaks spread due to over-crowded under-sanitized conditions.
Your contributions to Naya Jeevan will help enroll flood survivors into the Naya Jeevan Health Plan. The Health Plan will take care of the hospitalization & emergency needs of flood victims for one whole year and will ensure that quality healthcare is continuous and sustainable. Contributions to sponsor the Naya Jeevan Health Plan for Flood survivors can be made from our Donations Webpage.
As we had announced earlier, the first 1500 children to be covered under the Naya Jeevan health plan under our Ramadan Calendar Campaign are in the flood-affected areas of Dir and Charsadda, Pakistan.
Find organizations to donate to for flood relief efforts e.g. food, water, shelter on the All Things Pakistan Blog or the InterAction Member Responders List.
The 2010 Pakistan floods began in July 2010 after heavy monsoon rains affecting the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab as well as parts of Baluchistan. At least 2,000 people have been killed and more than 722,000 homes have been badly damaged or totally destroyed. The United Nations estimates over 20 million people are suffering with over 160,000 square kilometers (~1/5 of Pakistan) affected as a result of the flooding, exceeding the combined total of the affectees of 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Around a fifth of Pakistan's total land area was impacted by the flooding. UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon said that it was the worst disaster he had ever seen, and asked for an initial $460 million for emergency relief, 20% of which had been received as of August 15, 2010. Extensive damage to infrastructure and crops significantly harmed the struggling Pakistani economy.
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