large_8-1312458528-picfloodpic01More than 2000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands stranded by flooding triggered by the annual monsoon rains. The floods affected 20 million people across an area the size of England, sweeping away 2.2m hectares of farmland. The floodwaters have washed away millions of hectares of crops, submerged villages and destroyed roads and bridges. Disease is spreading among Pakistani flood victims, and there have been warnings that dams in the south may burst

Across Pakistan, most of the 14 million people who fled their homes in August are rebuilding their lives. According to the UNHCR some 166,000 people are living in 240 camps and roadside settlements, down from 3.3 million in October. A UN Survey shows almost a quarter of children under five are malnourished in Sindh province, six months after floods.

The following articles detail the immediate aftermath from the point of view of our doctors on the ground, and the fundraising activities since. To read the stories of volunteers from the City of London who came to help click here.

Flood Relief News

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19th Oct 2010: Sleeping packs

As the harsh Peshawar winter draws inexorably nearer Midland Doctors has been continuing it’s work in providing protection for the flood victims from the harsh upcoming elements. Today we visited Mian Walay, Tangi Charsadda where we distributed 210

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19th September 2010

Today we revisited Chowki Drug, Pabbi Nowshehra villages and held another medical clinic. This area is about 2-3 kilometres from the main GT road and is one of the most badly affected areas. The lucky ones are living in tents, others are crammed into the

  • September 27, 2014
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8th of September

Today we distributed three hundred gift packs, 100 bags of flour and 110 containers of oil in Pabbi village. There were more than 50 families in this devastated village, most of whom were sheltering in a government school. These families were very gratefu

  • September 27, 2014
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15th September 2010

Today is the first working day after the Eid holidays. We performed a needs assessment survey to identify the needs of the local population and where we should concentrate our resources for maximum benefit. We decided to concentrate on the villages of Muh

  • September 27, 2014
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21st September 2010

Today we held a medical clinic at Mahroof Khel, MC-3 Charsadda District. We have been asked by the Midland Doctor Association UK executive to concentrate on those areas where other NGO’s have not been able to reach and this was the first medical camp in

  • September 27, 2014
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22nd September 2010

Today we were unable to hold our planned medical clinic in Mahroof Khel Charsadda due to the lack of a doctor. The usual three phases of a relief programme are initial relief, rehabilitation and then reconstruction. Whilst we have been operating in the re

  • September 27, 2014
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24th September 2010

A container with over 2500 food/ medicine boxes and a large number of blankets and quilts has left for Karachi on the 24th of September from Derby. Thanks to Mr Ajaz Najib for organising and sponsoring this container.

  • September 27, 2014
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23rd September 2010 (Shikarpur & Jacobabad.)

Economists have estimated that the loss suffered by Pakistan is in the region of $15-20 Billion. The aid pledged so far is 1.5 billion dollars and so strife and difficulties for the sufferers of the flood in the future is inevitable. The devastation of

  • September 27, 2014
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14th of Oct 2010: Chairman’s oversight visit

Midland Doctors Association UK Chairman Dr Iftikhar once again flew out to Pakistan to oversee the collaborations that Midland Doctors had embarked upon. “We had a meeting with Prof Arif of the Pakistan Paediatric Association to discuss our recent

  • September 27, 2014
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6th of Oct: 2010

After returning from his recent work in Pakistan with Midland Doctors, Dr Irshad Soomro was featured in an article in the Nottingham Evening Post of the 4th of October. To read more about his work see the update below for the 23rd of September 2010. City

  • September 27, 2014
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Chairman’s field visit

May 2010 as the plane landed at Islamabad International Airport I gazed at the Margla Hills in the horizon behind the dusty mist. I knew that this was a country which in recent years had been the victim of natural calamities, terrorism and political insta

  • September 27, 2014
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Day 3…

Time was of the essence to save lives from the ensuing high risk of Cholera and other deadly infectious diseases. All aid agencies were literally knee deep in the chaos caused by the flood and too large a task for all the agencies put together. The Midlan

  • September 24, 2014
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Day 4…

24 Hours of fundraising – £15,000 raised! Midland Doctors Ch Riaz Ahmed would oversee the operation. Ch Riaz Ahmed, doctors and volunteers will meet tomorrow and supplies will be purchased in Peshawar. Dr Javed Ahmed arranged a humanitarian team t

  • September 24, 2014
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Day 5…

“There were areas surrounding Peshawar and Nowshehra where dozens of villages had completely vanished Thousands of families had lost everything and were spending days and nights without any shelter and any essential supplies. Families were surround

  • September 24, 2014
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Day 8… Charsadda Relief Effort

Working throughout the day the team provided treatment to over 400 patients and had fed 200 people on the day  across the Charsadda region. Cholera threat which we for-saw had become a reality and Children were at real risk.

  • September 24, 2014
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Day 11…

Midland Doctors sourced life boxes containing 2000 family sized life straws from a facility in Vietnam. DHL were contacted to arrange a delivery to Karachi. The sourcing company generously subsidised the purchase and transportation of the life straws and

  • September 24, 2014
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Day 13…

Midland Doctors team spent the day sorting out logistics and arranging storage of supplies. Mr Ch Riaz Ahmed helped to secure a warehouse in Peshawar which is secure to receive the procured clothes from Karachi. Food packs were increased in size. The visi

  • September 24, 2014
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Day 15…

The Midland Doctors medical and relief teams had distributed 400 food parcels in Noshara. Ch Riaz Ahmed was pleased with the day’s work and despite the fact that work had been relentless he said, ‘I am in a position of real privilege here, ev

  • September 24, 2014
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Day 17… Message from the Chairman

Message from the Chairman “I have met the team in Peshawar, I have been up from 5am and now it is midnight. There was some confusion in Peshwar when we went to retrieve goods at the airport, fortunately this was sorted. I have been briefed by the

  • September 24, 2014
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Day 19…

Midland Doctors Charsadda team Midland Doctors organised the Medical stores this morning. The Midland Doctors group in Peshawar paid a visit to Pabbi medical camp where we stayed for about an hour and dropped off some needed medicines and then headed back

  • September 24, 2014
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Day 20…

Today we picked 250 clothes (shalwar kameez) from our store and 100 bags of food stuff as well, and we covered 2 places one was wapda colony Kabul river nowshehra and the second one was turnaab, gogoshthoo, we distributed the these clothes and food bags i

  • September 24, 2014
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Day 23…

Today we purchased medicines worth Rs:24423 for our up coming medical camps as we didn’t have any medicine for our medical camp because of the fact that the medicine we had were sent to swat, from tomorrow onwards we would have our medical camp in P

  • September 24, 2014
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Day 26…

We are currently holding 1 medical camp a week due to low medical supplies and working on obtaining Kids Gift Packs for Eid. The packs will be ready on 6th September and we are planning to distribute these to Kids in the Flood affected areas few days befo

  • September 24, 2014
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Day 32… Gift Packs

Today we received all the inventory for the gift packs for the children and we started packing for 300 gift packs in which 150 are for girls and 150 for boys, tomorrow we are going to distribute these gift packs to two different affected villages. Very go

  • September 24, 2014
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Day 33…

Today we distributed three hundred gift packs that we packed yesterday for the kids of flood affected areas, the location was PABBI and the affected people were given shelter in a government school. There were more than 50 families there, we also distrib

  • September 24, 2014
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Day 40…

Today is the first working day after the Eid holidays. We performed a needs assessment survey to identify the needs of the local population and where we should concentrate our resources for maximum benefit. We decided to concentrate on the villages of Mu

  • September 24, 2014
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Day 46…

Today we held a medical clinic at Mahroof Khel, MC-3 Charsadda District. We have been asked by the MDAUK executive to concentrate on those areas where other NGO’s have not been able to reach and this was the first medical camp in the village since i

  • September 24, 2014
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Day 50…

Midland Doctors Peshawar team have been doing a marvellous job in helping to sort out logistics for reconstruction of a village in North Pakistan. I have been coordinating with our Midland Doctors Peshawar team to facilitate The rehabilitation of the vil

  • September 24, 2014
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Day 51…

Part of the MDAUK needs assessment surveys has been consultation with the local populace and national and international aid organisations to see how the resources of MDAUK can best be deployed for the local people. Increasingly MDAUK has been approached b

  • September 24, 2014
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A Little Warmth

Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s (BOAML) London based associates continue to support the Pakistan Flood Relief efforts. In conjunction with MDAUK, BOAML’s Multicultural Leadership Network has been collecting spare blankets, warm clothing and sl

  • September 23, 2014
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DAY – 59 – 05 Oct 2010

We are pleased to inform all Midland Doctors supporters and friends that Construction work has started today in Muhib Banda, Pabbi Village Nowshehra. Basic foundations were laid for the boundary walls to enable the construction of walls tomorrow. A medic

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10th Oct 2010

Today we visited village Muhib Banda to assess the re-construction work. The work is progressing well and the mosque renovation work is almost completed. We are aiming to complete the reconstruction work of the first 6 houses by the 12th of October 10.

  • September 27, 2010
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26th Oct 2010: Sir Sung elderly camp

Today we held a medical clinic at Sir Sung, Tangi Charsadda. We were on the ground and ready to go by 11am. We were able to treat in the region of 90 patients most of whom were elderly and all of whom were without access to medical care. Whilst it

  • September 27, 2010
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Donors video diaries I + II

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” “Change starts when someone sees the next step.” – William Drayton

  • September 27, 2010
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26th Oct 2010: In the news

The return of the 5 city bankers from their trip to view the work of Midland Doctors Association UK in Pakistan and to ensure that the phenomenal amount of money that they have raised is reaching the flood victims is being reported in the financial press.

  • September 27, 2010
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20th Oct 2010: Bankers back in UK

The five intrepid bankers have safely touched down back in the UK today, having safely completed their visit to Pakistan where they examined and took part in the ongoing Midland Doctors Association UK relief work. Itikhar Ali said, “After a humbling

  • September 27, 2010
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14th of October 2010, Bankers arrive to inspect projects

A group of five bankers who together have raised a phenomenal amout in excess of £750,000 for the flood victims in Pakistan, have arrived to inspect how their funds are being spent. The group is made up of Abid Hussain (Citibank), Shahzad Amir (Nomura),

  • September 27, 2010
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25th September 2010

Part of the Midland Doctors Association UK needs assessment surveys has been consultation with the local populace and national and international aid organisations to see how the resources of Midland Doctors can best be deployed for the local people. Incr

  • September 27, 2010
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26th of September 2010

Midland Doctors Association UK and Pakistan Paediatric Association collaborations. Today Dr Javed Ahmed (the Pakistan Ground Logistics Lead) spoke with Professor Arif Secretary of the Pakistan Paediatric Association. Midland Doctors Association UK with a

  • September 27, 2010
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4th of Oct 2010: Vaccination campaign

News has arrived of a successful collaboration between Midland Doctors Association UK and the Pakistan Paediatric Association (PPA). Three vaccination camps were held on the 26th of September at town the of Bin Qasim and 960 2-12 year old children were va

  • September 27, 2010
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Day 6…

The Medical team arrived in Peshawar and volunteers had been assembled and would start work at day break. MDAUK Ch Riaz Ahmed purchased further Medication to treat skin problems and Gastro enteritis related illness. MDAUK assembled starter packs for ind

  • September 24, 2010
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Day 7… Charsadda Relief Effort

At an intersection of 2 rivers near Charsadda, Ch Riaz Ahmed coordinated the distribution of food to effected villagers many had spent the night on the roofs of their houses. Banks of the rivers overflowed with torrential force causing substantial damage

  • September 24, 2010
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Day 9…

This is an entry from Rizwan who is an engineer from the Muzaffarabad hospital project and now is involved in the flood relief. We launched our first camp at Qazi Khil in Charsadda where two doctors, Dr Gohar and Dr Enam U Ulla checked 253 patients. At o

  • September 24, 2010
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Day 12…

MDAUK Ch Riaz Ahmed led the team with the help of local doctors. The area was so remote that vehicles had to be left to deliver the food. MDAUK was arriving in areas away from the central refugee camps as a large population was beyond reachable. The team

  • September 24, 2010
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Day 14…

The MDAUK had serviced 2 villages in Charsadda. Due to the remoteness of the locations the MDAUK team had to sleep in the flood ridden area within a village.  Here the Mosquito count had been extremely high due  to the presence of standing water, theref

  • September 24, 2010
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Day 16…

Dr Iftikhar Chairman of the MDAUK reached Pakistan Saturday morning and ensured preparations for the third MDAUK team have been completed. MDAUK have been working closely with the PMA (Pakistan Medical Association) to ensure a partnered strategy in Sindh.

  • September 24, 2010
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Day 18…

All the team members gathered at 10am, main Charsadda Chowk, Mardan road  and  discussed the tasks for the day. Everything went swiftly on the way to the affected area. When we got there it seemed hard to handle the crowd that had gathered.  Somehow w

  • September 24, 2010
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Day 21…

All the medicines and clothes we had in our store have been sent to Swat, and for now we do not have anything in our store, coming Monday the 30th of august we are going to purchase more medicines for our medical camps and we would restart our medical cam

  • September 24, 2010
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Day 24…

Today we had a medical camp in a rural area of Pabbi, where our doctor treated about 90-100 patients. Most of the patients were having skin infections and eye problems, we also got the data forms filled by about 90 patients and that shows some probable fi

  • September 24, 2010
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Day 30…

MDAUK Medical Camp was held in a small village of PABBI, which was affected by recent floods. The name of the sub village is CHOKI MUMRAIZ and according to our analysis there were lots of people who needed medication. We had our medical camp there today

  • September 24, 2010
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Day 27… Fundraising boost!

MDAUK received a major boost to fundraising via a BOAML donation today at the EMEA BOAML fundraising event held specially for MDAUK in London St Paul’s. Bank of America Merill Lynch have donated $100,000 to the charity program and MDAUK are indebte

  • September 24, 2010
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