Only good news for today

by Judith Kühl, 2010/08/25

Besides the numerous emergency appeals for Pakistan, negative headlines about the consequences of the disaster have appeared in the media for weeks now. Unfortunately, there still are uncountable terrible reports we have to make. The situation in the huge flood region can only be improved with extensive support from abroad. But despite many negative headlines, today we will focus only on the positive news regarding our work.

“More than 2500 patients showing no symptoms of cholera or malaria”

Together with the coordinators who are not shown in the picture, they are a great team with the mission of helping those in misery: Dr Helmuth Meyer, Dr. Ludger Blecher, Herbert Seitz and Sabine B. (from left to right). Photo: humedica/Judith Kühl

Although the flood victims’ living circumstances are disastrous, no epidemics have spread in our region so far. Neither do other international relief organisations in the district report about any confirmed cases of cholera or malaria.

The prevailing disease patterns are moderate diarrhoea, eye inflammations and insect bites. Thanks to our treatments and drugs, our patients’ health can be stabilised and hence the threat of a spreading of more critical diseases can be diminished.

“Excellent cooperation with local authorities”

Our work would not be possible without the generous support of the authorities and locals. When we planned our doctors’ mission in the surroundings of Charsadda, the District Officer in charge immediately took out time for us.

He accompanied us to those villages which had been affected most by the flood. When we offered medical emergency aid, he put one of the remaining buildings at our disposal, so we could use it to set up our hospital.

Even for the next day he organised security staff and interpreters in order to enable us to do our work without any difficulties.

“Gratitude instead of violence”

Unfortunately, it is true that many distributions of relief goods result in violence. Here, too, we hear reports about this topic. People fear that they could not get enough or nothing at all. And then violence seems to be the only way of making sure that one will be able to provide for oneself and one’s family.

We are glad that we rather experience people’s gratitude instead of violence. The people appreciate our help and the work of the doctors from the west. One of the village elders asked our coordinator: “Why are you so friendly”? Before asking, he had meticulously observed our team members at their work.

He was impressed by their friendliness. On behalf of his village he thanked us for our medical emergency aid. The inhabitants of the village are provisionally living on the graveyard, which is located next to their destroyed houses.

Dear friends and sponsors: this news gives us new motivation. And so does your support. Please help us to continue our joint support for the people in Pakistan.

You can send a text message containing the reference DOC to +49 8 11 90 and contribute a donation of 5 euros, with 4.83 euros of this amount being directly channelled into our project work. Please also donate for the flood victims in Pakistan via our online form, or choose the traditional way of supporting us by transferring your donation to the account below:
      humedica e.V.
      Donation reference "Flood relief Pakistan"
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

Thank you very much!

Every day, our team experiences immense gratitude. Photo: humedica/Judith Kühl

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