Flooding in Pakistan

Partnership Objective

Provide healthcare to affected people during devestating flooding in Pakistan.

Healthcare is one the most vital needs in humanitarian disasters. Healthcare is one the most vital needs in humanitarian disasters. Copyright AFP/Adek Berry

What are the health needs and challenges?

Torrential rains began in Pakistan in August 2011. Compounded by damage to the country’s water infrastructure, particularly to dams, that had occurred during the floods of 2010 the situation quickly worsened and by mid-September the United Nations reported that 5.3 million people had been impacted by the monsoon rains across the country.

Description of partnership activities and how they meet needs and challenges

The Sanofi Espoir Foundation provided financial support to Première-Urgence - Aide Médicale Internationale (PU-AMI) for activities in the Sindh Province, ensuring access to primary healthcare and making drinking water available.

The main activities plan included:

  • Primary healthcare examinations using mobile clinics, collecting epidemiological data and epidemiological surveillance, health education, and distributing tents and mosquito nets.
  • Setting up water and sanitation facilities to supply drinking water using the water production unit from the MAE.
  • The distribution of basic non-food products, including tents and mosquito nets, to back up the consistency and relevance of the aid activities mentioned above.

Sanofi Pakistan was approached by the Sindh government with an urgent request for the Group’s anti-malarial drug, Nivaquine®, as doctors and officers working with the impacted populations had specifically identified the need for this particular product. The affiliate responded swiftly, donating 3,800 boxes of Nivaquine® for healthcare programs.

Lessons learned

Healthcare is one the most vital needs in humanitarian disasters. Organizations and their partners have to act quickly, but only after having evaluated the population’s needs, and coordinating with other NGO/health authorities acting on the field. 

Emergency activities have to be followed by more long term actions as the crisis still continues for months, even for years following.

Summary of impact through December 2013 and forward looking information

In 2011, 200,000 patients benefited from Sanofi Nivaquine’ donations. A futher 24,000 people were assisted by PU-AMI emergency activities.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Sanofi

Partner(s) Pakistan Ministry of Health, Première Urgence – Aide Médicale Internationale (PU-AMI)

Type of Partner(s) Government, NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Other, Infectious Diseases

Disease(s) General Health, Malaria

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Emergency Aid, Availability of Treatment - Product Donations, Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Health System Infrastructure - Provision of Insecticide Nets

Targeted Population(s) Children, Elderly, Marginalised / Indigenous People, Men, Mothers, Patients in needs of treatment, People with low income, Women, Youth

Region(s) South Asia

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Pakistan

Start Date 2011

More information Sanofi Espoir Foundation

Completed date 2011