Pakistan flood damage estimated at $9.7 Billion (cnn.com)

As the scale of the flooding in Pakistan is still sinking in, our Flood Relief Efforts continue with Free Medical Camps held in different villages and towns every weekend. We have so far treated over 20,000 patients at our camps and will continue this outreach as long as we are able.

For more about the overview of the current situation on the ground from CNN click here: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/14/pakistan.flood.cost/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_world

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Over 4,000 patients treated this weekend at Pakistan RMF-Google Medical Camps

By Dr. Zahoor Uddin

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 7th and 8th RMF Flood Relief Medical Camps for the Flood Victims of Pakistan  were held on the weekend of October 9th and 10th, 2010 at the Government High School, Union Council in Pirpiai.

Dr. Rubina Mumtaz, RMF”s Country Director for Pakistan, formally inaugurated the 2-day Free Medical Camp along with the participating medical team. All the team members thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to serve provided to them by Google’s generosity. Dr. Rubina also visited various sections of the camp such as the registration counter, the different specialist OPDs, the pharmacy and the patients waiting in the halls. She met with all 23 doctors in their OPD sections one by one and discussed the morbidity trends in our camps.

2,509 patients were treated on Saturday, October 9, 2010

  • 1,703 patients were treated on Sunday, October 10, 2010
  • A total of 4,212 patients were treated in this 2-day Free Medical Camp

Of these 4,212 patients

76% were female

  • 24% were male
  • 21% were children below the age of 12

On day one, 23 medical doctors and on day two, 17 doctors from various specialties participated in our camps, the final figures of specialized care made possible through Google’s support are as follows:

  • 1,314 patients – General medical OPD cases, such as acute (bloody) diarrhea, cholera, malaria, upper and lower respiratory tract infections, headaches, general weakness. Of these patients,

278  presented with urinary tract infections

149  with malnutrition

189  with general body aches (not specifically to categorize according to WHO criteria)

97 patients – General surgery

  • 701 patients – Dermatology
  • 170 patients – Ophthalmology
  • 218 patients – ENT
  • 657 patients – Pediatrics (children below the age of 12)
  • 597 patients – Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • 113 patients – Orthopedics
  • 134 patients – Dentistry and oral hygiene
  • 211 patients presented with severe dehydration as result of i.e. diarrhea, suspected measles, suspected meningitis, tetanus, high fevers. These patients as well as all patients presenting with acute abdomen, burns, acute appendicitis, severe injuries and major infected wounds were referred to tertiary hospitals for follow up and advanced care.

The RMF medical team will be able to follow these patients at the hospitals where they work.

As always, the response from the community was excellent. Patients arrived from more than 5 surrounding villages as the camp is centrally located at the Government High School.

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RMF holds hugely successful relief effort in Pakistan this past weekend

Doctors and local officials at Saturday camp

This past Saturday September 25th and Sunday the 26th, Real Medicine Foundation held our third and fourth Free Medical Camps for Flood Victims in Aman Garh (Pabbi Tehsil), Nowshera District, Pakistan.  This most recent outreach effort was very effective, treating over 4,600 patients in two days, and was made possible by a generous charitable grant by Google Inc. and other individual donations.

In total

  • 2,365 patients were treated on Saturday, September 25
  • 2,291 patients were treated on Sunday, September 26
  • A total of 4,656 patients were treated in 2 days

Of these 4,656 patients

70% were female

  • 30% were male
  • 27% were children

Since the team consisted of 40 medical doctors (19 on Saturday & 21 on Sunday) representing a wide range of specialties, the final figures of specialized care made possible are as follows:

  • 638 patients – OPD
  • 120 patients – general surgery
  • 560 patients – dermatology
  • 230 patients – ophthalmology
  • 198 patients – ENT
  • 1,257 patients – pediatrics
  • 893 patients – OB/Gyn
  • 100 patients – orthopedics
  • 130 patients – dentistry
  • 374 patients – miscellaneous, such as general body aches (not specifically to categorize according to WHO criteria)
  • 210 patients presented with illnesses such as severe gastroenteritis with dehydration,  suspected meningitis, acute abdomen , burns, acute appendicitis, severe injuries, major infected wounds and acute jaundice syndrome. They were referred to tertiary hospitals for follow up and advanced care. Our team of doctors will be able to follow these patients at the hospitals they work.

The response from the community was tremendous. Since this camp was registered and approved of by Government officials, politicians and religious leaders were grateful and appreciative.  Patients arrived from more than 12 surrounding villages since the medical camp location we had chosen was strategically and centrally located.

There continues to be an enormous need to hold relief efforts like these all over Pakistan and we will continue to offer these medical camps as long as our funding allows.

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Pakistan: “Immense Tragedy Continues to Unfold”

More than seven weeks since the beginning of the floods, and as we prepare to hold our third major Flood Relief Medical Camp in the city of Pabbi in the Nowshera district, it’s important to note how critical the situation remains in Pakistan.   We will be reporting next week on the results of our next relief camp this coming Sunday, and hope to continue expanding our relief efforts.

From CNN.com, this slideshow and brief article highlights:

  • Areas of Pakistan are still submerged in water, weeks after the first flooding happened
  • The UN and other organizations are calling for more help in aiding the estimated 20 million in need
  • The death toll is believed to surpass 1,700
  • Click article here for photos and report http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/09/17/photos.pakistan.flooding/index.html?hpt=Mid

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    Pakistan Flood Relief: RMF holds second medical outreach camp

    Real Medicine Foundation just held a 2nd free medical camp in Charsadda this past Sunday the 29th of August for flood affected, at  the Union Council  Majukay. A total of 1,894 patients were diagnosed and treated through  this 2nd RMF Free Medical Camp, consisting of 65 % male, 35 % female including 23 % children.
    Around 109 serious patients were referred to hospitals at DHQ Charsadda, LRH Peshawar and Khyber Teaching Hospital.

    Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we will be holding many more of these free medical camps for all in need.  Full reports with treatment data of all our Medical Outreach camps will continue to be published on our website soon here.

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    Los Angeles: Open House Fundraiser for Pakistan Flood Relief, Sunday, August 22nd

    Ali, Dr. Zeba, Haider Ali Vanek, Real Medicine Foundation & Their Friends & Family

    INVITE YOU TO AN OPEN HOUSE

    On Sunday, August 22, 2010, From 3:00–10:00 PM

    AT 10551 WILSHIRE BLVD. UNIT #904, LOS ANGELES, CA. 90024

    To Raise Funds, To Spread the Word, To Uplift Spirits And To Pledge To Work Together to Help the People Affected by The Catastrophic Floods Ravaging Pakistan which estimates 20 million without Food & Water for more than 2 weeks!

    Real Medicine Foundation is partnering with the Relief Foundation in Pakistan to support the relief efforts with Free Medical Camps in the flood affected areas, and it is with great pleasure we announce that we are holding our first RMF-RF Free Medical Camp this coming Sunday, 22nd of August in the Charsadda district. RMF Pakistan Flood Relief Project

    Please Help Establish a RMF Medical Relief Camp

    By Bringing a Tax Deductable Check Made To Real Medicine Foundation/ Pakistan Floods 2010 Or Please Make A Donation Directly At

    2010 Real Medicine Pakistan Flood Relief Project

    100% of your tax deductable donations will be sent to Dr. Vanek & her team in Pakistan to be utilized for emergency relief work.

    Presentations by Dr. Martina Fuchs, CEO of RMF & Other Friends

    We Will Have An Exhibit & Sale of the Art of Pakistan

    Performance of the American and Pakistan National Anthems

    And Other Great Live Songs and Music

    Delicious Food and Drinks

    Iftaar and Prayers

    PLEASE RSVP at 818-793-1234 or sarah@realmedicinefoundation.org ASAP

    Article: Reclaiming the US’s image in Pakistan

    Continuing with the coverage of the floods in Pakistan and what this means for our clinic in Balakot, I came across a good article from the New York Times that details why it is so important for Western Countries, the US in particular, to lend a helping hand to the people of Pakistan.

    NY Times article here

    Time and time again, the poor and rural areas of a country like Pakistan are left behind infrastructure, economic development and health care, ,and with no one else offering a helping hand fundamentalist groups like the Taliban will always step in to fill this void.  Looking at the amount of resources the US has already committed to both Afghanistan and Iraq to combat extremism, it would be a tragedy to let this opportunity pass to aid these efforts and to improve our image in this part of the world.

    Based on some of the comments in this article from officials in Washington, it sounds like this is understood, so we can only hope that these are more than promises, and that funding and resources arrives quickly.

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    Thank you letter from Pakistan donor

    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.

    Thursday, August 12, 2010

    Dear Martina,

    I wanted to respond to your email in which YOU have thanked ME!  I find that quite incredulous!

    I am an American of Pakistani descent. I am 50 years old and moved to the USA at the age of 32. I consider myself one of the most privileged persons in the world. Most of the blessings that have come my way, I feel have I received from Pakistan. These include my mother, my husband, an opportunity to get a good education, great friends and family, all the necessities of living like food on the table, a good roof on my head, access to healthcare, civil liberties and in short everything that a human being needs to thrive and live a life of freedom, dignity and happiness in this world. What I got from Pakistan during the earlier years of my life, equipped me with the abilities to become one of the most privileged and blessed immigrants to the USA!

    And so my friend, and I truly consider you to be my friend, besides everything else that I think you are………it is not you or the other people who work with you, to serve humanity with utter selflessness and integrity,  who should be thanking me……the people who live in Pakistan today or who live abroad as immigrants in other countries……need to thank YOU, with all our earnestness and sincerity, for what you have done and are doing for our nation. THANK YOU!….. and may God bless you in every possible way for all the good that you do. I pray that we, of Pakistani descent,  also show people of other nations, the same courtesies they have shown us.

    Good news….. People have sent about  $3000/ – more in checks since we last communicated and Sarah…..I’m very hopeful that people will be very generous during this very difficult time for Pakistan.

    With best wishes,

    Dr. Zeba Fatima Vanek

    Neurologist, Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology, UCLA

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    RMF Pakistan Relief Efforts: One-Fifth of Country is Underwater

    The reports are getting scarier by the day..the UN is now reporting that as much as one-fifth of Pakistan in under water with new flood warnings being issued today.  New York Times article here.

    Real Medicine Foundation is responding to the devastating floods across Pakistan by harnessing the energy of local doctors, nurses, and paramedics who want to volunteer their time and services by giving them a platform to conduct free medical relief camps for thousands of flood affected individuals in communities across KPK and Sindh.  This cost effective intervention is based on the success of our flood relief camps in 2008 and anchored in our long-term commitment to serve the communities in Pakistan.  Since 2005 Real Medicine Foundation and our local partners have been providing primary health care in Balakot and are committed to extending our services where needed.

    Every dollar donated to our relief efforts will go directly towards purchasing medicines and supplies for affected regions and towards supporting medical staff on the ground to cater to the urgent needs of flood affected communities.

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    Alert: Pakistan floods affecting more people than the Tsunami and Haiti quake combined

    Due to the continued bad weather in Pakistan and the enormous number of people affected by the widespread flooding, the human scale of the flood devastation is on an almost unimaginable scale.  UN is now estimating that the total number of people affected exceeds the Tsunami, Haiti earthquake and 2005 Kashmir earthquake all combined.

    Real Medicine is very busy trying to ensure that our established health clinic in this region is able to handle the huge influx of new patients, and also fundraising to be able to provide several health care outreach camps in the areas that aren’t able to access out clinic or other hospitals.

    We are entirely locally staffed and partnered with Pakistan relief agencies to deliver the health care needed, so we don’t have the same “foreign aid” conflict that many organizations are struggling with in this region of the world.

    According to the Guardian news:

    “The devastation continued as the UN said the number of people suffering in the floods in Pakistan exceeded the combined total of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.  While the death toll in the three earlier tragedies was much higher than the 1,500 people killed so far in the floods, the UN estimates that some 13.8 million people have been affected – at least 2 million more people than in the other disasters put together.”

    Full text of Guardian website article here

    Slideshow on Guardian website of Aerial photos of the floods here.

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