As attacks targetting minority Shia Muslim populations rage on in Parachinar, there are over 100 dead and 300 injured in Parachinar.
IMI Pakistan has been on ground helping for last several days in Parachinar. The political situation remains critical wiht demonstrations still on going.
Dr. Imdad Husain, Chief of Surgery at the DHS Parachinar is IMI coordinator for the Region who is performing miraculous work. A team of several young doctors also assisting.
Dr. Shifaat in Hayatabad, IMI Peshawar Coordinator is an Emergency Specialist manning the local hospital where many are shifted for more critical work.
Dr. Anees , Plastic Surgery in Islamabad also alerted for specialized cases.
Lady Reading in Peshawar upgraded re trauma cases in Peshawar.
Many critical cases may be moved to Agha Khan Karachi and if that happens IMI Karachi will be coordinating that leg.
Parachinar is the capital of Kurram Agency, and the largest city of the Federally Administered Tribal Aras of Pakistan (FATA). Parachinar is situated on the neck of Pakistani territory south of Peshawar that juts into Paktia Province of Afghanistan. It is the closest point in Pakistan to Kabul and borders the Tora Bora region of Afghanistan. Turi, Bangash, Orakzai, Mangal and Para Tsamkani are major tribes and it is a thickly Shia Muslim populated area. It is approximately 5 and a half hours from Peshawar via the Thall-hangu Road.
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Over the last two decades, IMI Chapters have regularly responded to the needs of health professionals, patients/injured, and our members (professional & associate) in crisis situations, as well as highlighting health policies and the fundamental need for states to view access to quality healthcare as a human right for all—regardless of economic, social, religious or other status.
Over the years, IMI Pakistan has regularly provided medical care, disaster preparedness and emergency assistance for victims of anti-Shia violence across the country including high conflict zones such as Parachinar, Quetta, DI Khan and Karachi.
These programs continue today, with intensive work done as necessary. IMI has also invested in working to address the underlying causes of this crisis through advocacy within Pakistan as well as through international avenues including the United Nations, human rights organizations and the United States government.
Since our inception, IMI has been providing services for victims and survivors of anti-Shia violence in Pakistan including emergency and continuing medical care, as well as fostering public awareness of the targeted killing of Shia doctors and advocacy to challenge the religious intolerance and human rights abuses faced by vulnerable communities in Pakistan.
Over the years, IMI Pakistan has regularly provided medical care, disaster preparedness and emergency assistance for victims of anti-Shia violence across the country including high conflict zones such as Parachinar, Quetta, DI Khan and Karachi. These programs continue today, with intensive work done as necessary. IMI has also invested in working to address the underlying causes of this crisis through advocacy within Pakistan as well as through international avenues including the United Nations, human rights organizations and the United States government.
In the recent years, IMI has been actively providing medical care and services across Pakistan in particular trouble spots including Parachinar, DI Khan, and Quetta. In Parachinar, IMI has provided treatment for more than 30 victims including 5 surgeries, 18 prosthesis, 4 wheelchairs, 2 nerve stimulators, 1 TENS, 2 Glucometer, as well as RT air transports provided from Islamabad to Karachi for 3 patients. Medicines worth more than PKR 200,000 and hospital charges of PKR 80,000 were also covered by IMI. For rehabilitation services (through Maulana Shakiri Sahib), IMI spent PKR 450,000. In Quetta, in addition to ensuring care for those victims transferred to Karachi hospitals, IMI medical teams work through the combined military hospital and Imam Khomeini Hospital to ensure proper care for victims. IMI is currently collaborating with the Hasan Mujtaba Trust in Quetta (having just committed $10,000) to ensure continued care, with IMI Pakistan doctors following up in city hospitals should any victims be transferred.
With regards to emergency services, IMI teams have been engaged in providing immediate responses to all major attacks.
In January 2010
In the most recent major attack on Abbas Town, IMI’s team of physicians rushed to the hospitals immediately after the blast to provide assistance as necessary for the admitted victims. The hospitals visited included Aga Khan Hospital, Liaquat National Hospital, Jinnah Medical Center and Abbasi Shaheed Hospital in Karachi. The IMI Disaster Management Cell held an urgent meeting the next day at IMI House to discuss the emergency situation, assess resources and enhance our response. An IMI clinic has been initiated at Mosasa e Shaheed Arif al Hussaini. IMI physicians, as well as medical students and parahealth professionals are providing much-needed health services daily for survivors of the Abbas Town attack. IMI is providing care daily through the clinic as well as taking on advance cases as necessary—for instance, a patient was scheduled for fasciomaxillary surgery at Fatimiyah Hospital on Saturday, March 15th. Through the clinic, IMI provides free medicine, dressings, consultations, physiotherapy and rehabilitation to all those affected. While the Government of Sindh is providing care for admitted patients only at Agha Khan University Hospital and Liaquat National Hospital.
IMI is ensuring quality care for all survivors including addressing the gap in post-discharge care for those treated at AGUH & LNH. IMI also organized a specialty Grand Medical Camp at the site of the blasts on March 17, 2013, to provide advance care as further interventions are necessary to ensure that the lives of Abbas Town survivors are rebuilt. At the camps, specialists, as well as general practitioners, medical students and para-health professionals provided necessary care and assess the future needs (including potential prosthesis through IMI) for all impacted. The IMI Get Well Clinic at Al-Mohsin Hall, about 2 km from Abbas Town, is also serving patients and survivors from the Abbas Town attacks.
Parachinar: Given the importance of continued education for victims family members, IMI covered the tuition fees of 33 students (PKR 163,000)
In order to address the deepening socio-economic impact left by the targeted violence against Shia health professionals, IMI also launched a campaign to fight violence with education. Several program components fit within this plan including providing subsidized education to Shia students, especially those who are from victim’s families, as well as creating institutions to promote health education within the community.