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Pakistan Refugee Crisis 2009

Initiation: June 2009
Completion: Sep 2009
Number of beneficiaries: 29,000 patients

Partners: Comprehensive Disaster Response Services, UM Healthcare Trust.
Context: In May 2009, an on-going military operation in Swat and adjoining tribal areas (FATA) forced approximately 3 million people to flee their homes. These internally displaced persons (IDPs) fled to the safety of surrounding areas where they were accommodated in humanitarian relief camps and in host communities in Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera, Charsadda, and Peshawar. The sheer scale and magnitude of the displacement and the vast geographic area of the settlements posed a challenge for humanitarian relief organizations to reach all those in need. There was a shortage of doctors, healthcare professionals, and essential medicines across the region.

Activities: SHINE Humanity assisted in deploying medical teams complete with doctors, EMTs, Dispensers, logistical support staff, and essential medicines to assist the refugees. One medical team set up at a small hospital in Zahidabad north of Mardan City where hospital staff was overwhelmed with refugees. The second team visited sub- camps, schools and colleges, and private homes where the bulk of the refugees were located.

Accomplishments: Over a three month period, the agency either assisted in or directly managed 29,000 patient contacts, of which 77 per cent were women and children under 14 years of age. The most common health problems the refugees presented were Upper and Lower Respiratory Infection, Scabies, Acid Peptic Disease, Worm Infestation, Acute Diarrhea, Urinary Tract Infection, Hypertension, Anemia, and Gynecology/Obstetrics cases.