Report of IMANA relief for IDPs of North Waziristan in Pakistan


The number of internally displaced people (IDPs) registered with the Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) has reached 950,000 and those fleeing from North Waziristan Agency face health related challenges. The initiative to clear the area from insurgents was started on 16th June 2014. The operation was started by Pakistan Army supported by the Government of Pakistan and other major stake holders.

Almost half of that number, mostly children and women, face serious health hazards due to poor hygienic conditions, in addition to severe cold weather which has increased ARI (Acute Respiratory Infection), gastro infections, skin and other water borne diseases. Hundreds of patients mostly children, women and elderly tribesmen are arriving at hospitals with Influenza, gastroenteritis, ARI infections and diarrhea infections but further, the hospital conditions and facilities are inadequate to cope with the situation.

Many of the IDPS are complaining that the children are the most affected as many of them are malnourished as well. Living in highly unhygienic conditions has multiplied their problems and the infection ratio is very high due to poor sanitation.

IMANA in collaboration with FIMA started an outreach program to provide healthcare facilities to a large number of IDPs scattered at various places in the surrounding districts of Bannu in a purpose built mobile hospital. A total number of 10,000 patients were examined and provided medical treatment. The IMANA mobile clinic visited the following areas. A considerable amount of medicine, medical and humanitarian relief supplies were provided to the destitute. 10 doctors and paramedical staff members served for more than 40 days and visited far flung areas.

The following spots were visited by the mobile IMANA hospital including Bannu township, Khema basti Azad Mandi, Khema Link Road Bezan Khel Chowk, Basti Tarkhom, Barak Khel Khandan, Ameen Kala, Sarani, Sarai Naurang, Tajori, Masti khel, Tarkhoba, Hawaid, Lakki Marwat, Lal Khel, Mohmand Khel, Sikander Khel Aski, People Bazaar, Jhando Khel, Chasma Domel, Pakka Khel, Kohat, Dera Ismail Khan, khyberkali, Peshawar.

As the operation has been extended to the Khyber agency, there is a dire need for rehabilitation and provision of healthcare facilities to the fresh influx of IDPs.


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