Assistance To Poor Communities Of Northern Areas
Summary of Intervention
The devastating floods in 2012, that caused wide-spread human misery and destruction in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other parts of the country, also severely hit the poor population in far flung mountainous areas in the Skardu and Ghanche districts of Baltistan region of the Northern areas of Pakistan. Though the Government and the NGO sector rushed some immediate relief, including food, NFIs and temporary shelter to the flood affected people in these areas, no serious effort was made for rehabilitation of the affected population, except in Skardu city and some adjoining suburbs. Provision of primary healthcare remained the most neglected area, despite the harsh environment that was the key challenge. Zubeda Khaliq Memorial Free Hospital (ZKMFH) at Skardu, with its two field clinics, one each at Bilamic and Astore areas, was one of the leading facilities that operated outreach medical camps for the affected families.
RIPORT, in collaboration with the citizens of Isle of Man, UK, with their fund raising effort through Dr. Emran Ghaffar, identified ZKMFH Skardu as a trusted partner for extending the much needed basic healthcare to the poor vulnerable communities in the Gilgit Baltistan region, particularly those badly affected by floods in the recent past. The collaboration resulted in establishment of three more free dispensaries, one each in the Bondo Shigar and Qumrah villages of Skardu district and Yarhhor Thalley village of Ghanche district of Baltistan division. RIPORT has made an initial contribution of 01 million rupees to the ZKMFH Skardu for establishing and operating the aforesaid three dispensaries to cater for the basic healthcare of the vulnerable population in the area.
In addition, RIPORT has committed a further donation amounting to 03 million rupees to the ZKMFH for helping the poor people in the far flung rural areas of Gilgit Baltistan region by providing hospital equipments to ensure free medical services to the affected population.
Details of the fixed/ variable expenditure incurred on running the three health facilities during the month of June 2012 are given below:
|Purchase of Toyota Liteace Van (Used )|
|Salary of MO Medical officer|
|Salary of four Dispensers|
|Fuel for vehicle|
|Salary of driver|
|Medicine for three dispensaries|
|Vehicle repair and maintenance|
|Training of new Dispensers in ZKMFH (Board, Lodging and other expenses.)|
|Dispensaries initial establishment expenses( Admin committee visits) 12 visits|
|Equipment Furniture and fixture|
|Rent of dispensaries|