Desperately needed medicines on their way for WHO Pakistan relief effort

Photo: WHO/Syed Haider

Over the last 5 years, one hospital in a town in northern Pakistan was destroyed and rebuilt. Then it was destroyed again.

Raging floods in the summer of 2010 affected 20 million people in 78 districts, and damaged or destroyed about 2 million homes and 500 health facilities. There were already 4 million internally displaced people and refugees in the country, due to fighting along the Afghan border and the earthquake in northern Pakistan in 2005.

Millions of people still have desperate needs across the country, including healthcare, according to aid agencies. Abbott Laboratories, a Canadian pharmaceutical company answered that call by generously donating over $800,000 of medicines for Health Partner’s International of Canada and its global partner to channel towards the WHO humanitarian response.

Donations of medicines received from companies like Abbott will not only provide short-term relief for the people of Pakistan, (the majority living on $2 a day) but will also help towards achieving sustainable healthcare solutions.

Dr. Khalid Bukhari, Coordinator and Team Leader for Essential Medicines for WHO Pakistan says, “Wonderful products like Prevacid are helping us to not only treat those in every province affected by the floods who are still suffering, they are allowing us to build a better healthcare system. Money that would be used to buy medicines can now go towards training doctors, nurses and pharmacists so we can equip our clinics and hospitals from within our own local communities. Our healthcare system is growing in quantity and quality, and this is all due to donations of medicines and medical supplies. We are learning to do better with what we are given. Thank you so much.”