Isobel Coleman also announced $16.4 million additional development and humanitarian assistance to support the flood-hit communities
USAID Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman provided 5000 boxes of nutritional supplements and kits for 30,000 lady health workers of Sindh at a ceremony on Tuesday.
Sindh Government, USAID, PPHI, Pathfinder and Building Healthy Families Activities organized the event to give equipment and nutrition to lady health workers at Kausar Child and Mother Care Hospital Khairpur.
Provincial Health Minister Dr. Azra Fazul Pechoho and Donald Bloom, the US Consul in Pakistan and other officials attended the event.
USAID Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman along with US Ambassador Donald Bloom and Mission Director Reed J. Aeschliman and U.S. Embassy Deputy Spokesperson Tom Montgomery visited Kausar Hospital Khairpur and reviewed the maternal and child health facilities. She also met with individuals and families affected by the 2022 flood.
On this occasion Isobel Coleman announced $16.4 million additional development and humanitarian assistance to support the resilience of communities in Pakistan that experienced 2022’s historically severe floods, which impacted an estimated 33 million people and had a devastating impact on infrastructure, crops, livelihoods, and livestock throughout the country.
She said that this new funding will reach over 20 million flood-affected individuals to assist in their recovery, risk reduction, and resilience.
She said that such assistance will address worsening food insecurity and malnutrition and help curb the spread of disease. In addition, this funding will support humanitarian partners to provide nutritious food to mothers and their children, help families rebuild local infrastructure to protect them from future disasters, and increase protection services to prevent gender-based violence and support survivors.
She said that the Following severe monsoon rains and resultant floods in Pakistan during mid-2022, USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team to lead the U.S. humanitarian response and rapidly provide aid to affected communities.
She said that this included working with partners to quickly scale-up vital humanitarian assistance, including through partnering with the U.S. Department of Defense to successfully complete an air bridge that delivered nearly 630 metric tons of life-saving relief commodities to Pakistan.
The U.S. is one of the largest donors to Pakistan, providing more than $200 million in humanitarian and development assistance since 2022’s catastrophic floods. The United States continues to stand with the people of Pakistan as they recover from the impacts of the historic floods.
Sindh Health Minister Dr. Azra Fazul Pechoho said while talking to the media said that USAID Deputy Administrator became very happy to meet with Lady Health Workers who are running their health program well.
The kits will help women, children and men to check blood pressure, as well as equipment for checking children’s weight, health, food and other weaknesses.
Health Minister said that there was no shortage of insulin as insulin are being supplied with the support of PPHI to hospitals.
Parliamentary Secretary for Health Qasim Soomro, PPHI Chief Executive Javed Jagirani, Deputy Commissioner Khairpur Dr. Sharjeel Noor, Director GIMS Dr. Rahim Bakhsh Bhatti, DHO Khairpur Dr. Bagh Ali Buzdar, MS Khairpur Medical College Dr. Aijaz Samo, Dr. Kulsoom Azad Lashari, Dr. Kanwal Ghajani, Dr. Yar Muhammad Phulpoto and many other officers were present in the event.