U.S. Rushing Assistance to Pakistan Through Relief Organizations

Posted by Rick Snelsire
August 9, 2010
Pakistani Family Leaves a Relief Center

Fact Sheet:Update on U.S. Response to Pakistan's Flooding DisasterAbout the Author: Rick Snelsire serves as Spokesperson at U.S. Embassy Islamabad.

During the past few days, the United States has been rushing humanitarian assistance to Pakistanis in urgent need of food, shelter and medical supplies in partnership with established organizations with substantial field experience.

Drawing on funds from the $35 million provided by the United States to date, as well as $7.5 million in funds already designated to help people in the affected areas, relief supplies are being actively distributed to communities in need across the country. The U.S. has also deployed additional personnel work with national and provincial disaster management officials and coordinate U.S. relief efforts.

"Americans expect their government to help people in dire need," said Ambassador Anne W. Patterson today, "and we are doing just that. We will be doing all we can to support the Pakistan government's relief efforts in the weeks ahead."

About 50 percent of the food provided to flood-affected families is being provided by the United States through the World Food Program (WFP). Food is being delivered through 19 established distribution points in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa (KPk), while accessing other remote areas by helicopter. Since August 2, WFP has delivered food to more than 296,000 people in KPk, reaching between 35,000 and 49,000 people per day.

The United States has provided an additional $2 million to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to assist as many as 70,000 people in Kpk and Baluchistan provinces with the materials to construct emergency shelters as well blankets, water containers and kitchen sets. The IOM has already begun distributing supplies to families in KPk through pre-existing distribution points in Charsadda, as well as to refugee families gathering alongside roads.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has received an additional $3 million in assistance for their programs from the United States to prevent waterborne diseases countrywide by providing safe drinking water to more than 360,000 people in KPk, Sindh, Baluchistan, and Punjab provinces. In areas where ground water sources are contaminated, UNICEF will provide clean water with tanker trucks, distribute chlorine tablets, and restore damaged wells.

An additional $2 million was provided to the UN World Health Organization (WHO) to support local health facilities and expand communicable disease surveillance (known as the Disease Early Warning System). By working with medical facilities throughout Pakistan, WHO is prepositioning medicine and training health professionals to react quickly to localized disease outbreaks in an effort to prevent its spread to other populations. During 2009, WHO-DEWS was successful in preventing major outbreaks of cholera and other communicable diseases among displaced families living in camps.



Maryland, USA
August 9, 2010

Patrick in Maryland writes:

The poor people of Pakistan, can't seem to catch a break. They just start to rebuild their agricultural economy,and now this.

I wish them well,and hope they have a fast recovery.

f. b.
August 9, 2010

F.B. in Pakistan writes:

Thank you america. Now focus.

South Korea
August 9, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

First, no-uclear and apple I think. However,

I think the story will end. Without notice to the west coast of the North 130 feet to shore guns fired, the way you want North Korea to negotiate an expression of thought is expressed. If you do not work in every way, but I think that the conventional method. If you are interested in the use of force seems all that I knew well that all the formal and informal lines of the emergency work is a means to aneulttae. Thought it was over to prepared for the conversation than he expected even think the word is used.

Perhaps the conversation about the direction and proximity to the target too far in the Yellow Sea in order to draw attention to the end of training run, wait, I think the cries of hungry children. First, sanctions should be enough to have been harassing a lot, if sanctions are beginning to think you know, hold for decay. Albert maintains that China's support for creating a new economic system is not enough to leap to think you know it. Would not you try to access it was to open the door a little bit?

Patricia S.
New Jersey, USA
August 18, 2010

Patricia S. in New Jersey writes:

I have extensive experience with relief/refugee work in Africa and India. I would like to volunteer my time to aid those in the flood zones of Pakistan. I am a registered nurse with over 30 years of emergency/trauma nursing and I am also a paramedic with over 25 years of experience.

DipNote B.
August 18, 2010

DipNote Bloggers reply:

@Patricia S. in New Jersey - wonderful! This page lists a number of organizations that are active in relief efforts in Pakistan. Thank you for wanting to contribute.

mary m.
Oregon, USA
August 20, 2010

Mary M. in Oregon writes:

Please publish a website or other option for those of us who would like to give money to the Pakistan relief cause and do not have texting capability.

DipNote B.
August 20, 2010

DipNote Bloggers reply:

@Mary M. in Oregon -- done! Just click on this page, print it out, and mail it in with your check to the address that's listed on the form. Thanks for your donation!

kevin j.
August 26, 2010

Kevin J. in Turkey writes:

I would like to donate through a credible relief agency. Please advise how and where to do this

DipNote Bloggers reply:

@Kevin J. - Great! Please visit http://www.state.gov/p/sca/ci/pk/flood/index.htm for a list of major relief agencies accepting donations.


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