When the devastating floods end, the catastrophic aftermath remains.
Pakistan's flood crisis has affected over 18 million people, with at least eight million needing life-saving humanitarian assistance, including health care. Access to health services, including routine care, is difficult as monsoonal rains and raging flood waters have damaged or destroyed more than 450 hospitals and clinics.
WHO is coordinating the international health response with more than 90 partners operating out of six hubs across the country. Medicines for more than four million people have already been delivered and almost five million people have been treated for different conditions including water-borne diseases, such as diarrhoea, skin infections, acute respiratory illnesses and malaria.
Vaccination campaigns have begun in some flood-affected areas. WHO is also supporting the deployment of hundreds of mobile medical teams and establishment of dozens of diarrhoeal disease centres.
But more is needed. Health services must continue for mothers to deliver babies, for cancer patients to receive treatment and for people with mental and psychosocial health concerns to receive support. Sustained support for funding medicines to be used for treating illness and saving lives is needed. Support is also needed to restore damaged health facilities.
With such support, WHO and our many national and international health partners will be able to keep striving to protect the health of millions of people across Pakistan.
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