Pakistan: Earthquake Rehabilitation
Number of beneficiaries: 127,542 patients served between April 2009 – November 2011; a total of over 409,000 served in Kashmir since 2006
Partners: Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS) and Ministry of Health, AJK
Context:. Chikar village, situated near Muzaffarabad , was hit hard by the 2005 earthquake. Along with the hospital and two clinics, a large number of buildings, including two colleges and several schools were completely destroyed. Nearly every home in Chikar was heavily damaged.
Prior to the earthquake, the district was home to one rural healthcare centre, several basic health units and smaller first aid posts.Even in the best of times these civic and health facilities were underfunded and under staffed, causing Chikar’s community of 200,000 to be exposed to a host of issues resulting from poor hygiene practices, difficult living conditions and a lack of financial resources.
Activities: After the earthquake,SHINE Humanity assisted in rebuilding the healthcare infrastructure in Chikar. In August 2010, a new community hospital was opened. The new center had two buildings – each with over 7,000 sq ft. SHINE Humanity raised resources to equip this facility, and to design and fit a laboratory unit, pharmacy, inpatient wards and a safe birth center. The agency also funded its operational budget.
Accomplishments: Chikar was the flagship center in the agency’s Rural Healthcare Center(RHC) Support Scheme. Our goal was to uplift public healthcare standards in Pakistan and to accomplish that in partnership with the government and community, so as to ensure sustainability and accessibility to all. The Chikar RHC has 24 hour emergency care, an out-patient clinic, wards, ultrasound facility, dental facilities, a pharmacy and functioning vaccination center. The AJK government provided the space to work in, The community supported the Center since October 2010 under a pilot Community Health Insurance Scheme.