With temperatures below 10°C, this is one of the hardest winters in Sudan for the last thirty years. For us, 10°C in the middle of winter might seem mild; for a country where the temperature is between 40°C and 50°C for six months a year though, this is really cold, especially for the poorest people living in huts built with bits of sheet metal, wood and fabric – more suitable as protection against the heat rather than the cold. As a result, our Pediatric Center in Port Sudan has seen a major increase in patients suffering from respiratory problems.
One of the many children we’ve treated was six-year old Raheel, who, once she’d recovered, just wanted to go on being photographed forever! She was with us for eight days: because she’s asthmatic, her condition was more serious and she needed not only antibiotic treatment but also oxygen, an inhaler with bronchodilators, and intravenous cortisone.
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March 4th, 2015
Afghanistan — “Yesterday we crossed the [Panjsher] Valley to get a clearer picture of what’s happening and to survey the extent of the damage,” writes Luca, our Medical Coordinator in Afghanistan. “As you can see from the photos I sent, the main road is open although the damage to the road surface is clearly visible, along with the numerous landslides and rockfalls. At a certain point we were forced to stop: the road had turned into a river and it was impossible to go on.
All our First Aid Posts (FAPs) are open, including the one in Paryan, an isolated district. Three helicopters are going back and forth, carrying basic necessities to the people trapped in the area.
Our hospital has taken in 16 patients so far, while another 8 didn’t survive the journey. There’s no doubt we’ll be seeing more cases of pneumonia, bronchitis, and other illnesses related to the cold. We’ve been involved in the Emergency Team organized by the local authorities and international organizations: our hospital, FAPs and ambulances are at their disposal. Our concern is for all the people still isolated. Nobody is able to provide any reliable information about their numbers or what condition they’re in.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen the Panjsher Valley completely covered in snow, but never before with these consequences. Last week’s avalanches were probably the result of a mild winter and a series of snowy days. And, unfortunately, it started snowing heavily again this morning.”
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Wall Street Journal: More Afghan Civilians Becoming Casualties of War
“In response to the rising level of violence, Emergency is opening new clinics and expanding its existing hospitals in Afghanistan, focusing in and around Kabul and in the southern province of Helmand, where the fighting has been especially intense. ‘2014 has been the worst year so far, but that’s what we were expecting,’ said Luca Radaelli, who oversees Emergency’s operations in Afghanistan.”
There has been a massive increase in civilians casualties of conflict in Afghanistan as a result of the escalating violence. EMERGENCY‘s hospitals in Afghanistan are taking in an unusually high number of patients and the organization is responding by increasing their medical infrastructure in the region.
Click here to read the article online.
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“The weather has been getting warmer in the last few days here in Arbat, but the recent weeks were really cold – temperatures often dropped below 0°C – and it snowed nonstop for two days in a row. We’re working hard to complete the extension of our health clinic in IDP camp as soon as possible, fighting against the cold and the mud.”
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“The general situation after the recent avalanche is complicated. Many areas are inaccessible by land, but luckily it’s sunny and the helicopters can pick up the survivors. As of yesterday, the number of dead was around 230,” says Lella, Medical Coordinator at our Anabah Surgical and Medical Center in the Panjsher Valley.
“Of the people caught up in the avalanche and brought here to the hospital, three are in danger of having to undergo amputation of a lower limb due to frostbite.”
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