Community Outreach

Community Outreach

Pakistan was devasted by one of the worst floods in history this year, displacing over 21 million people.

As a result of heavy monsoon rains in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and Baluchistan regions of Pakistan, over two thousand people died and over a million homes were destroyed. The United Nations​ estimates that more than 21 million people were injured or homeless, exceeding the combined total of individuals affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami​, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake​ and the 2010 Haiti earthquake​​. At one point, approximately one-fifth of Pakistan's total land area was underwater due to the flooding

AKU worked with national and international agencies to provide health and rehabilitative services in camps sites across Sindh and Baluchistan. AKU nurses, including nurses from the Rho Delta chapter, responded quickly to the call for help and offered their services health camps and as part of health teams that went into the field.

The magnitude and impact of the calamity was widespread, both across time as well as economy and geography. National and international government and non-government organizations continue to respond to the disaster. However, the needs are enormous; a lack of basic resources, proper housing, clean drinking water and sanitation, agriculture damages, food shortages, destruction of infrastructure and health care facilities.​