August 10th, 2015 by khalil

Pakistan Monsoon Floods 2015

Heavy monsoon rains in Northern Pakistan over the last month have resulted in flash floods across large parts of the country.

Chitral district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has been hit hardest with significant damage to both infrastructure and agriculture

Almost 500 homes have been washed away leaving families exposed to the elements. In addition 1,200 acres of standing crops have been damaged, 100s of livestock has perished and a large amount of stored food has been spoiled. Heavy damage has been sustained to roads and bridges, making the delivery of basic aid including food and shelter difficult

Doctors Worldwide has a proven track record of delivering effective emergency humanitarian assistance in Pakistan over the last ten years. We are asking you to support us once again, and allow us to help those in need

£35 will buy hygiene and food pack for a family, to last them one month. That’s just over £1 a day to support a family who have lost their home and their sustenance. Each pack contains a blanket, mosquito net, personal hygiene kit and around 40kg of food staples.

Act today and make a difference

 

November 16th, 2014 by khalil

Ebola: Doctors Worldwide UK and King’s College partner on Ebola to support the response in Sierra Leone.

Doctors Worldwide is please to announce it’s work with King’s College Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP). KSLP is an academic Centre within King’s College, London and has been working at the main Connaught Government Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone well before the outbreak earlier in 2014.

Staffed by UK volunteer medics and other health professionals, they are doing a fantasic job in supporting the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and the Connaught Hospital.

At the Connaught Government Hospital, KSLP has set up an 11-bed isolation facility and worked with MSF and WHO to write a Ebola preparedness and clinical management plan which was then disseminated across the country. The team has also been advising 29 other hospitals in the Western Area on the Ebola response.

DWW will provide additional volunteers, expertise and donations to support the work there.

Read this great article in the Guardian on Will Pooley, the first UK ebola patient and volunteer nurse, currently at KSLP in Freetown.

We need your help.

Donations – Funding is needed to support local staff and volunteers to ensure basic Ebola response items are on hand and available. These include clean pillows and bedding for patients, chlorine dispensers and scrubs.

Volunteers – We need volunteer medics and nurses to spend a minimum of 1 month in Sierra Leone. It is a voluntary position but support will be provided to cover expenses such as flights, accommodation, insurance and visas depending on which implementing partner you are placed with (KSLP, WHO).

 

 

July 24th, 2014 by khalil

Working in Gaza is akin to being in “an open air prison to patch up prisoners in between their torture sessions.” Senior Staff Member, July 2014, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

We have been working in Palestine on and off since 2006 and understand the challenges.

The Israeli offensive, “Protective Edge” launched in July 2014 against Gaza has left hundreds dead and thousands wounded. Basic human needs are very difficult to provide as the border is closed by Egypt.  Medical supplies are desperately short across all primary health care & hospital facilities.  IDF attacks on hospitals and healthworkers has made it unsafe for even ambulances to move around.

Our focus is to support the devastated communities located in Gaza City in the vicinity of our local partner – Hayfa Medical Centre.  Hayfa is a local charity running a comprehensive care centre with a dedicated medical team providing a range of primary healthcare and outpatient services.

Whilst the news is full of acute trauma and wounded patients, thousands of people including the elderly, women, children and infants with chronic illnesses are desperately short of medications and drugs. They are just as affected. Doctors Worldwide has launched an appeal to provide:

– Medications for those with long term & chronic illnesses such diabetes and CVD
– Infant and baby feeds for the sick and malnourished

DWW is committed to transparency & accountability to its supporters and donors. It is important to understand that lots of Charities are fundraising but the great difficulty is getting supplies into Gaza as border crossings are closed. We aim to spend your funds as quickly as possible using private sector supplies already in Gaza and are also working collaboratively to secure access of supplies through the border. We will keep you updated on developments.

Please support us and donate.

 

June 27th, 2012 by angela

For International NGOs and volunteers it’s often impossible to work directly in Syria since the internal conflict began in March 2011. In a creative and collaborative response, DWW teamed up with British and European Syrian Diaspora medical volunteers to support the development of a new charity called Syria Relief, to deliver emergency food and medical aid to those affected inside Syria.

As a charity that provides humanitarian aid and medical relief, we are always striving to ensure that our skills and resources are used in the most effective way. As a creative and innovative bunch we decided to offer our expertise and knowledge to the British and European Syrian Diaspora Communities – many of whom are healthcare specialists, who had decided to set up an independent charity called Syria Relief.

Syria Relief is a UK charity (Registered Charity No: 1143797) established in September 2011, whose aim is to help provide medical relief and emergency humanitarian aid inside Syria.With the difficulty of foreign staff and NGOs being able to operate there, Syria Relief’s direct communication channels, volunteers and staff on the ground gave it an unique ability to deliver in the field in areas such as Homs, Aleppo, Idlib and Damascus.

In May 2012, we formalised a partnership to provide significant capacity building and technical support to Syria Relief. Our joint efforts have created channels for larger Charities such as Human Appeal International, Ummah Welfare Trust and Muslim Aid to direct their funding into Syria.

 

 

September 23rd, 2011 by angela

While Pakistan was still reeling from last years epic floods,  heavy monsoon rains struck and affected 5 million people and destroyed at least 1 million houses.  

When the floods devastated Pakistan back in 2010, Doctors Worldwide were on the ground in Sind and the Northern areas affected by flood waters. We helped thousands with emergency medical and food aid.

The aftermath of such a disaster such cannot be restored in the space of a few months, which is why Doctors Worldwide remained in Pakistan to work on long term health development projects.

In 2011 during the monsoon season, Pakistan suffered further calamities from the heavy rains that destroyed so much of an already devastated country. Doctors Worldwide were able to act quickly due to our existing presence in the area and in addition,  sent a senior medical team to join our staff in Pakistan and assist in the worst affected areas.

We began with the distribution of antimalarials, medicines and food. Where possible, our next step was to set up medical treatment facilities and fund doctors to support the displaced population until the recovery and rehabilitation could begin.

Doctors Worldwide currently run maternal and child health services in Pakistan.

 

 

September 10th, 2011 by angela

20 Million people were affected by the 2010 floods in Pakistan, with over 800,000 homes destroyed and over 1/5th of the country’s land mass under water.

When the floods came in 2010, Doctors Worldwide acted quickly and provided extensive health and nutritional assistance to some of the worst affected areas of Nowshera and Sindh.

Our team on the ground responded in the emergency by treating sick and injured people that were affected by the floods.  Doctors Worldwide remained in Pakistan after the immediate emergency and developed a Health Clinic to provide ongoing medical care and nutrition support.  The affected areas of Pakistan had barely recovered when the floods of 2011 struck and once again devastated the country and affected millions more people.