CWS emergency appeal: Pakistan humanitarian response (expanded appeal update)
This updates information for the expanded CWS appeal issued June 3, 2009. The fighting between Pakistani military forces and Taliban insurgents in the northwest part of the country uprooted more than 2 million people earlier this year.
Internally displaced children, fleeing a military offensive in the Swat valley, await classes at a school inside a camp for displaced person in Pakistan's Swabi district, about 75 miles northwest of Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.
This updates information for the expanded CWS appeal issued June 3, 2009.
The fighting between Pakistani military forces and Taliban insurgents in the northwest part of the country uprooted more than 2 million people earlier this year.
According to recent news reports, more than two-thirds of those displaced people returned home. While that was a welcome development, officials note that means that one-third of the some 2 million remain displaced, requiring shelter, food and medical attention - and thus the attention of ongoing assistance from humanitarian organizations such as CWS.
Last week, CWS project officer Adnan Khan reported that one of the reasons many displaced persons have not returned home is because of continued uncertainty about the prospects of earning a living. Additionally, many of the displaced who are originally from the affected Swat region are still afraid to return due to ongoing on-and-off military operations.
CWS continues to focus its efforts on providing support to mitigate the difficulties faced by the displaced.
A highlight of recent activities:
++ A CWS mobile health unit is still active and has treated 9,436 displaced persons, 3,846 men and 5,590 women, including the provision of free medicines. At the same time, CWS is focusing on mother and child health services through its mobile health unit. A total of 131 early natal clients have received services. A total of 2,037 children under the age of five have received treatment and medicine.
CWS's female medical staff continue to treat and allieviate risks related to pregnancy and have conducted health education sessions on safe motherhood, breastfeeding and frequency of hospital visits during pregnancy.
++ This week, in collaboration with implementing partner Sungi, CWS distributed 1,656 food packages and 4,444 non-food items to displaced persons in Mardan. At the same time, in collaboration with implementing partner CHIP, CWS distributed 850 food packages in Swabi. Additionally, 100 food packages were handed over to partner SSEWA-PAK for displaced persons in the Tarkai displacement camp.
How to help
Contributions to support Church World Service emergency response and recovery efforts may be made online, by phone (800.297.1516), or sent to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.