Pakistan - Six months after the floods: Relief items and shelter

For people displaced from their homes, MSF provided emergency shelters and basic necessities to ensure a minimal standard of living and prevent the spread of disease. The relief items included cooking utensils and hygiene kits (consisting of soap, toothbrushes, towels, buckets, a jerry can, plastic sheeting and water purification tablets). To date, MSF has distributed 73,708 kits of relief items and 22,629 tents, benefiting more than 500,000 people.

Six months after the floods, many people have left the camps and returned to their hometowns, only to find their houses totally destroyed by the water. MSF has provided 2,000 transitional shelters to families in Jamshoro and Johi. The shelters each have an area of 25 square metres, and are constructed from bamboo and plastic sheeting. They are designed to last for a year, providing people with time to start rebuilding their homes and their lives.

“With this new shelter, my children will be warm and they will sleep well at night.” Villager who received a transitional shelter in Johi district, Sindh

 Since 1988, MSF has been providing medical assistance to Pakistani nationals and Afghan refugees suffering from the effects of armed conflicts, poor access to health care, and natural disasters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Punjab, and Sindh provinces, as well as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Kashmir.

MSF does not accept funding from any government for its work in Pakistan and chooses to rely solely on private donations.