Millions of people displaced by Pakistani conflict urgently need international aid

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 27 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2158
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    Senior World Health Organization and Pakistani health officials have warned that there is a massive need for international health aid to help millions of people caught up in the conflict in northwest Pakistan, described as the worst disaster since the country became independent.

    A total of about 2.9 million people have been displaced by ongoing conflict in the area between the government and Taliban militants since August last year. The United Nations estimates that just since 2 May about 2.4 million people have been uprooted by the latest hostilities, of whom more than 200 000 are living in camps and the rest with relatives and friends or in rented accommodation.

    Khalif Bile, WHO’s representative to Pakistan, told reporters on Tuesday 26 May: “There is an acute need for mobile hospitals, ambulances, mobile health services, …

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