Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Since start of the latest military operation “Zerb-e-Azb” a large number of people has migrated to settled areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). These Internally Displaced People or IDPs have been facing a multitude of problems ranging from simple shelter to sanitation etc. RAHMA Pakistan, after detailed survey and need assessment decided to take immediate steps to mitigate health crisis. as almost 80% of the IDPs were facing health related issues. Although the needs of IDPs in Bannu District were too immense to be met in totality by any one organization. RAHMA Pakistan did its level best to make whatever little difference it could in lives of IDPs.
For this purpose two types of interventions were made a) provision of medical care b) distribution of herbal medicine packs. Initially a target of 3000 patients was set to be covered in 7 Medical Camps from 13th September, 2014 to 19th September 2014. The target was exceeded and 3028 patients were provided checkups and medication. Services provided in these camps were availed by men and women across all age groups. This goes to show a culturally sensitive approach to the interventions and a high level of comfort that people have with RAHMA Pakistan.
Herbal medicine camps were conducted in other parts of Bannu for IDPs as well. These camps proved to be equally useful and effective for those who could benefit from the services offered . A total of 2242 patients were treated in these camps. The medicine packs were collected from Qarshi Foundation, a leading Pakistani group in herbal medicines. Due to wide spread of IDPs it was decided that the packets will be distributed in different locations through medical camps and for this purpose an MoU was signed with CARE Organization for facilitating distribution. Services of a local Hakeem. a Doctor who practices traditional herbal medicines, for this purpose.