EMERGENCY RESPONSE – BIHAR

Project Mobile Clinics
Objectives
Project Partners SEEDS India, Doctors For You (DFY)
Activities

MERCY Malaysia and its partners provided health facilities
such as static and mobile clinics while also organising
deworming exercises for children under 10, health
education sessions and distributing blankets to villagers
from Raghunathpu in preparation for the winter season.

Locations Madhepura district
Period November 15, 2008, and January 25, 2009
Accomplishments

The mobile clinic service covered 42 villages and served
17,142 patients. Health education and reproductive health
care for women were carried out at the mobile clinics.
The static clinic was located at Gwalpada village in the
Madhepura district and served 12,109 people.

Overview
LARGE AREAS OF THE SUPAUL, MADHEPURA, ARARIA, SAHARSA
AND KATIHAR DISTRICTS WERE BADLY AFFECTED BY THE FLOODS
OF AUGUST 2008. THE FLOOD SITUATION RESULTED BECAUSE
OF A BREACH OF THE EASTERN KASHI EMBANKMENT IN NEPAL.
MORE THAN 3.7 MILLION LITRES OF WATER FLOWED THROUGH
THE BREACH, THUS FLOODING HUNDREDS OF VILLAGES IN THE
NORTHERN REGION OF BIHAR. THE LIVES OF THREE MILLION
PEOPLE WERE AFFECTED WITH 50 REPORTED TO HAVE PERISHED
AS A RESULT OF THE FLOODS. MORE THAN 225,000 HOUSES WERE
DESTROYED WHILE 44,000 WERE DAMAGED AS A RESULT OF THE
FLOODS.

After a 15-day assessment period, MERCY Malaysia set
up base in the Madhepura district, reportedly one of the
worst hit areas of the floods, to provide
as well as for those from the northern region of Supaul
and Araria. MERCY Malaysia worked with local partners,
SEEDS India and Doctors For You (DFY).
During the three-month programme, which took place
between November 15, 2008, and January 25, 2009,
MERCY Malaysia and its partners provided health facilities
such as static and mobile clinics while also organising
deworming exercises for children under 10, health
education sessions and distributing blankets to villagers
from Raghunathpu in preparation for the winter season.
The mobile clinic service covered 42 villages and served
17,142 patients. Health education and reproductive health
care for women were carried out at the mobile clinics.
The static clinic was located at Gwalpada village in the
Madhepura district and served 12,109 people.
MERCY Malaysia decided to extend and intensify the
project until the end of 2009. This will ensure sectorwide
equitable, quality health care for the population in
the region, especially for the poor in Saharsa, one of the
most affected districts in Madhepura. MERCY Malaysia
is installing a health centre in Sonbarsa Block to serve
a population of 176,546 people. This district has a high
number of malnourished children and communicable
diseases, especially malaria, tuberculosis and HIV.
MERCY Malaysia will work through SEEDS India and
DFY during the course of the project.