Between the 28th and 30th of July heavy rains fell across the Pakistan, causing devastating floods. Significant damages to human life, livestock and property have been reported, and over 21 million people are estimated to have been affected. Displacement, destruction of health facilities, poor living conditions, non availability of means of transport, and disturbed communication networks are some of the factors that are adversely affecting the health of mothers, newborns and children in communities facing the floods.

In this context, where trauma, malnutrition, and psychological distress are widespread, and hygiene conditions have seriously deteriorated increasing the risk of infections, pregnancy can represent a serious health threat. The risk of sexual violence has also increased, as displacement and uprooting have broken down social protection systems. The health implications of gender-based violence such as rape, as well as prevention measures, need to be addressed.

The Humanitarian Support Team

The large influx of displaced people to some districts is exceeding the capacity of local reproductive health programmes to provide services. In response to this situation, UNFPA is working in close partnership with the Ministry of Health - Maternal Newborn and Child Health Care, the provincial departments of health, through its provincial coordinators and NGOs, for the provision of services. To assist the flood affected districts in combating high levels of maternal mortality and to improve the reproductive health status of people the Humanitarian Support Team (HST) National MNCH Program has been established, steered by National Program Manager MNCH Program.

Under the guidance of National Program Manager, HST will provide additional Human Resource to selected Health Facilities in the flood affected districts so as to provide 24/7 RH services to the affected population. In addition equipment and medicines would also be provided to the Health Facilities in the affected districts. To make the damaged Health Facilities operational, additional funds will be provided for repair and maintenance of these facilities.