People in Kotri camp say they need food
People who are still living in Shahbaz camp in Kotri say they do not have food. At first, there were food distributions but now that the relief phase has ended, people say they are struggling with finding food. Some people now beg in the streets. However several organizations are encouraging people to return to their areas where it is better to try and rebuild than depend on food distributions.
Two doctors talk about malnutrition affecting flood affectees in Punjab
Dr Akhtar Hussain, nutritional officer with International Medical Corps (IMC) and Dr Uzma Bukhari, the nutrition officer with UNICEF. Hussain says that our bodies become weak when they do not get all the required nutrients, that our food intake is inadequate. Dr Bukhari says that children between the ages six months up to five years old are the most at risk from malnutrition,and UNICEF is running programs at BHU level to address this issue.
Muslim Hands leads cleanliness campaign in Bakkhar
With cleanliness the prime solution to a number of health issues in flood affected areas, Muslim Hands, an NGO, has been promoting hygiene practices in the Bakkhar. One resident says that after the talk given by the NGO's representatives, he will be giving more attention to cleanliness of his house, food, and children to protect them. A senior social organiser with Muslim Hands says that they hold informative and training sessions in each UC, motivating people to clean their homes and their neighbourhoods.
SRSP helps treat malnutrition in Khairpur
People returning to their lands from the camps have been facing food shortages, SRSP has moved to treat the resultant malnutrition in Khairpur. One man says that the NGO gave sick children food supplement in tins. An SRSP nutrition officer says that they work with pregnant women, infants and children, monitoring their health and weight on every visit.
Interview with Humera Sheikh
In this interview hear from Humera Sheikh, the program assistant for World Food Program (WFP), Sukkur region. She says that it is alarming if any district has reports of over 15 per cent malnutrition, following which the WFP along with WHO start community based management of acute malnutrition. She say that a school feeding program is also running in which malnourished students are encouraged to return to school in exchange.