Monday, 11 May 2009

THE PAKISTAN RED CRESENT SOCIETY - Swat Refugees (IDPs) Relief Effort and Donations

PRCS started supporting IDP’s in District Dir, Nowshera (now closed), Risalpur, Mardan and Swat. The detail of camps established or being supported by PRCS is covered in subsequent paras. The assistance is being provided by PRCS in the fields of provision of Food, Non-Food Items, Health, Hygiene and Watsan.

To accommodate these people PRCS has established IDP’S Camp at two locations.

1. Dir
a. Government Degree College, Timer Gara
b. Khunji Camp

2. Benazir Camp Risal Pur

While in Mardan and Swat PRCS has not provided shelter but only relief and Medical assistance is being provided in the Government established camps.

Summary of beneficiaries, in each camp, being assisted by PRCS is given as under:

So far 1,403 families (378 in Timer Ghara camp & 1,025 in Khunji camp) have been accommodated in two camps one located in Government Degree College Timer Gara and other in Khunji camp. To accommodate these people 750 tents (350 in Timer Ghara camp & 400 in Khungi camp) have been erected, one in the compound of Govt. Degree College Timer Ghara and other in Khungi Village.

A medical team, comprising 3 doctors (1 Female) and paramedical staff having necessary medicines have been deployed to provide medical assistance on daily basis in both camps. So for 6,439 patients have been treated. It has been seen that common diseases are diarrhea, RTI and skin diseases.

In addition PRCS NWFP Branch from its own stock has distributed Blankets x 7200 for 1440 families (five per family), Tarpaulin sheets x 1500 for 1500 families (one per family to cover the tents against inclement weather) and wood burning stoves x 1,428(400 for Government Degree College Timer Gara and 1,028 for Khunji camp).

399 families have been accommodated in this camp. To accommodate these people 407 tents have also been erected, by PRCS, in the camp. 368 Non food items (NFI) packages have been provided to resident families. Quilts x 432 have been distributed. These were provided by PRCS NWFP Branch. In addition wood burning stove x 400 have been distributed from PRCS NWFP Branch.

A medical team, comprising 2 doctors (1 x Female) and paramedical staff with necessary medicines has been located at the camp and they treat patient on daily basis. So for 2,593 patients have been treated and given appropriate medicines. The common diseases are Diarrhea, RTI and skin disease.

PRCS Relief Team has distributed 1210 Food and 1946 Non food items (NFI) packages amongst IDP’s. One PRCS medical team is providing medical assistance. So for 6,815 Patients have been treated.

Despite uncertain law and order situation in the district. ICRC/PRCS. Teams have been able to distribute 1,825 food packages amongst the IDP’S families at Haji Baba School, Banur High School and Government High School, Bun Mangora. Previously 4200 individuals were provided with food and non food items.

So far 126,067 beneficiaries have been assisted by the relief and medical support provided by PRCS. The approximate worth of the assistance provided so far is PKR.98.60 million.

YOUR FUNDS WILL HELP FURTHER THESE EFFORTSTo make a donation or volunteer your time, call your provincial branch. I urge you to visit:
*Source: The Pakistan Red Crescent Society Webpage

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