17 October, 2022 - 17 October, 2022
Pakistan is experiencing its worst humanitarian crisis in decades, spurred by extreme torrential rainfall and devastating flash floods. The most widespread flooding in the 73-year history of Pakistan has left one-third of the country underwater and parts resembling “a small ocean.” The floods have impacted over 36 million people; almost 1,600 people have died, including 615 children, more than 12,800 are injured, and 7.9 million are displaced. More than 2 million houses have been affected, comprising over 767,000 houses destroyed and nearly 1.3 million houses damaged. Authorities warn the flood waters could take up to six months to recede.
Pakistan has faced some major disasters before this including flood (2010) and earthquake (2005). The 2010 monsoon flood disaster in Pakistan was massive and unprecedented, killing more than 1,700 persons, affecting over 20 percent of the land area, more than 20 million people, and causing loss of billions of dollars through damages to infrastructure, housing, agriculture and livestock, and other family assets. On 8th Oct, 2005, an earthquake of 7.6 magnitude had struck the Himalayan region of northern Pakistan and Kashmir. There were more than a million deaths, and over 3.5 million people rendered homeless.
In current floods, there were many hospitals and basic healthcare units and other health care facilitates that became non-functional because they were in flood hit areas and infrastructure was not designed to handle a calamity of this nature. The entire healthcare system was not capable of handling post flood pandemics, epidemics and other serious issue.
In view of the above facts, a hybrid seminar on, “Building Climate Resilient Healthcare Infrastructure- Post Disasters Scenario in Pakistan” will be organized at Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi, Karachi-75270, Pakistan, in collaboration with Pakistan Academy of Sciences, and Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) on 17th Oct, 2022.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
Building climate resilient healthcare infrastructure in the face of climate change related disasters.
· What are the essential ingredients of a healthcare system which is resilient to climate of this nature?
· How the future healthcare system would look like with more frequent disasters like floods, earthquakes, heatwaves, etc?
· Disaster preparedness for future calamities in terms of healthcare access.
· What lessons can be learned from the current floods in Pakistan?
Venue: Video conference room, Latif Ebrahim Jamal National Science Information Center (LEJ), International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi, Karachi-75270, Pakistan.
Topic: HYBRID SEMINAR ON, “BUILDING CLIMATE RESILIENT HEALTHCARE INFRASTRUCTURE- POST DISASTERS SCENARIO IN PAKISTAN
Time: Oct 17, 2022 11:00 AM Islamabad, Karachi, Tashkent
Lecture Recording : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TXzzrSQv8thhuB4Fn0gKAEDfbAqOhv9t/view?usp=sharing
Contact Persons (ICCBS):
Dr. Humaira Zafar
Mr. Nadeem Ahmed Khan
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