Real Medicine Foundation in partnership with Google held another two day free Medical Camp for the Flood Victims of Pakistan on this past weekend of November 13 and 14, 2010 in Union Council Sardaryab, District Charsadda, KPK, Pakistan. The Medical Camp was inaugurated by Dr. Asghar (formerly senior team member of Save the Children) at UC Sardaryab, Charsadda. The patients were mostly women and children. A 10-member team of volunteers helped to facilitate the medical camp. This camp, as our previous free medical camps, was divided into various sections, such as registration counter, different specialist OPDs, pharmacy and patient waiting halls.
1,497 patients were treated on Saturday, November 13
2,109 patients were treated on Sunday, November 14
The RMF/Google Free Medical Camp Projects are continuing with our fourth weekend passing successfully. After having camps in Union Council Aman Garh and Union Council Nisatta, RMF/Google returned to the Nowshehra district, to the village of Pirpiai with our team of doctors, nurses, paramedics, and general volunteers as well as with medicines/medical supplies.
Our biggest thanks usually come from the people we help in the field, but sometimes they also come from our donors, which is always pleasure to see. The letter we are sharing below was just sent from an Pakistani-American, Dr. Zeba Vanek, to our founder, Dr. Martina Fuchs, thanking her and RMF for all our efforts in Pakistan since 2007 and specifically for our current Flood Relief campaign. Zeba also used her own network in the US to raise funds for the flood relief campaign and continue to be a great advocate for our cause.
The news coming out of Pakistan is that the initial flooding estimates over the past few days were far too low, with government relief agencies now saying that at least 12 million people are affected and that it is clearly on track to be “the biggest disaster in the history of Pakistan”.
At least 650,000 houses have been destroyed; roads and electricity infrastructure have been severely decimated. Flood victims are so far receiving very little in emergency aid as their government has focused many of its limited resources in recent months on trying to contain the Taliban and at dealing with an economic crisis. In a region of this country already on the tipping point of becoming more disillusioned, it is more important than ever to offer whatever help we can.
Our Primary Health Care Clinic and staff are located in the state of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, directly in the area most affected by the flooding, and for the past week our doors have been open to accept the many flood victims from the surrounding area and villages.