We said farewell to Karachi early in the morning and boarded a flight to Islamabad. Our next destination was Muzaffrabad the political capital of Azad (free) Kashmir.
This was very close to the epicentre of the 2005 earthquake.
MDAUK was first set up in response to this earthquake and this is the location of the hospital project currently underway. Read more
Early morning flight to Sukkur, we ventured into the heartland of the Sindh province. These are the agricultural flatlands of Pakistan producing vast quantities of rice wheat, corn and more recently an abundance of dates.
The waters of the Indus have flowed north to south and in sindh the levies have been broken to leave entire villages underwater. Despite being October it is still hot (about 35c) and the waters have started to dry however broken roads and standing pools in these flat parts still make many places inaccessible.
Today started with a visit to a hospital in Karachi. Here we saw children from flood affected areas suffering from typhoid, malaria and dengue fever (otherwise known as bonecrusher disease). We were told the cases have just started coming in and will grow in numbers.
These kids were getting immediate treatment but as the numbers grow it will become more difficult to treat all. It was strange to think of these kids as ‘lucky’.
“A kids ward with no toys” said Ivor….”I wish we had brought some toys”
We arrived in Karachi this morning.
Our first visit was to the compound of the Pakistan Medical Association, this is the body working directly with MDAUK. We inspected nutirition and shelter packs bought for distribution. MDAUK provided a short briefing to prepare ourselves for the next few days of relief work.
We then proceeded to an area just outside of Karachi where we visited an IDP (internally displaced person) camp. This was very basic shelter containing 150 families including a mix of men, women, children and the elderly. We were there to distribute shelter packs (duvets, pillows, blankets and sheets). To maintian some order a ration card system is in place. No card no pack!