The morning of October 8, 2005, a 7.6 earthquake hit Pakistan—leaving more than 80,000 dead, over 100,000 injured and 3.5 million homeless in northern Pakistan and Kashmir, the region divided between India and Pakistan.
Operation USA responded to the disaster rapidly with an airlift of medical supplies. Additional support was provided to rebuild homes, a prosthetics clinic, a health clinic and a community center.
Focusing on a remote mountainous area that was likely to be overlooked by other aid agencies, Operation USA committed to the long-term recovery process in the village of Moldhara, located in the Bagh District of Kashmir. The village sits 5,000 ft above sea level, and its 1,000+ families were heavily impacted by the disaster.
In listening to the overall needs of the community in a series of meetings, a need to address a high maternal mortality rate in the village became apparent. Operation USA provided the community with an ambulance, allowing for the much-needed ability to transport patients with complicated pregnancies to larger hospitals. The maintenance costs of the vehicle and the driver’s salary continue to be provided to the community.
Further community interaction determined that a health clinic was another essential need for the village. This Basic Health Unit will provide primary health care to the residents of the village, with a particular focus on women’s reproductive health. The clinic is currently under construction and is slated to open in late 2010.
In addition, Operation USA continues to partner with Murshid Hospital/Chal Foundation, supplying medical aid in support of their maternal/child health programming throughout Pakistan.
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