Medical and humanitarian aid to Pakistan due to earthquake in October 2005

Project Medical and humanitarian aid
Project Partners District Health Office, World Health Organization (WHO), Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA)
Locations Bagh
Period 2006

A total of 3,230 patients were managed by the MERCY Malaysia team since the earthquake in October 2005.

MERCY Malaysia continued to provide medical and humanitarian aid to Pakistan since the country was struck by an earthquake in October 2005. In early 2006, we continued to deploy emergency medical relief, specialist care, primarily in
orthopaedics, obstetrics and gynaecology, primary healthcare services, as well as psychosocial and mental health services to the people in the district of Bagh. We also commenced our project to reconstruct the District Health Office (DHO) in
Bagh, which was completely destroyed by the earthquake. Additionally, we were involved in ʻProject Winter Raceʼ aimed at providing emergency shelter and livelihood items in Balakot and the Kaghan Valley.

Medical Services
From January to March 2006, MERCY Malaysia ran its mobile clinics in collaboration with the District Health Office (DHO) in Bagh and the World Health Organization (WHO) working in the Bagh Tehsil District. Over 9,500 patients were treated at
the mobile clinics.

MERCY Malaysia also continued providing obstetric and gynaecological services at the District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) in Bagh until April 2006. A total of 3,230 patients were managed by the MERCY Malaysia team since the earthquake
in October 2005.

In addition, the medical team extended its surgical services from 2005 in collaboration with the Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) at the PIMA Field Hospital in Bagh until June 2006. More than 9,000 patients were treated at the fi eld
hospital during that period. The main services we provided were orthopaedics and general surgery. We partnered the Mental Health Relief Unit of the DHQ and the Ministry of Health Pindi at Psychosocial Centre Bagh and
provided mental heath services and psychological support programmes to over 7,700 patients from January until June

Rehabilitation and Reconstruction
MERCY Malaysia plans to reconstruct the DHO in Bagh, Pakistan Adminitered Kashmir, which was completely destroyed during the earthquake. The new infrastructure will be built on the existing site, which is located in a strategic area in the town of Bagh. Despite the poor road conditions, the site, which is approximately 7.5 acres in size, is easily accessible by public transportation and private vehicles.
The new DHO will consist of five main components:
1. Administrative Office
2. Training Centre
3. Mother and Child Centre
4. Warehouse
5. Staff Quarters

The total population of Bagh currently stands at 456,000 people and the DHO will serve this community, offering a range
of services.

The proposal will be reviewed by the National Service Engineering of Pakistan (NESPA) and is scheduled to commence in 2007. The project is estimated to cost RM2.9 million.

Shelter and Livelihood Project
In February 2006, MERCY Malaysia collaborated with a local NGO partner, the Pattan Development Organisation (PDO), to deliver emergency semi-permanent shelter and livelihood items to displaced people in Balakot and the Kaghan Valley.
This provided beneficiaries with protection against the harsh elements of winter. Additionally, we disbursed non food items such as gas stoves, winter clothes and shoes.

ADRRN Resource Centre
As members of the ADRRN, MERCY Malaysia and India-based NGO, Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS), embarked on a project to train and enhance the capacity of local governments in the earthquake-affected areas of Pakistan through the establishment of Resource Centres (RC) and Knowledge Centres (KC).

Under the project which commenced September 2006, an RC would be established in Islamabad and five KCs set up in Balakot. Additionally, three Village-based KCs (VKCs) and one District KC (DKC) would be established in Bagh Tehsir
in Bagh.

The KCs will survey the local population to understand and document their challenges and needs, as well as to serve as a centre for distribution of information amongst the local communities. Based on information collected by the KCs, the
RCs will develop training modules, brochures and publications on disaster management and livelihood options for the local communities