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UAE PAP mobilises urgent food and medical aid for famine victims in Pakistan

posted on 13/03/2014: 1433 views

In implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to provide urgent food and medical assistance to those affected by famine in Tharparkar district of Pakistan, the UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme, UAE PAP, has mobilised 1500 tonnes of basic food aid including infant formula, to be distributed among 20,000 needy families.

UAE PAP's administration in a statement yesterday, said that the guidance and generous initiative of His Highness the Head of State comes within the framework of his firm approach to provide humanitarian aid to the needy and poor and provision of a decent life for them, it also highlights His Highness's keenness to alleviate the impact of the humanitarian crisis faced by the Pakistani people in areas affected by the wave of drought and famine.

It added that the initiative of His Highness the President considered to be the first global humanitarian initiative in response to the consequences of this crisis that threatens nearly 1.2 million inhabitants of the region and has already caused the death of 67 children due to lack of food, poor health care and cold weather in Tharparkar district.

UAE PAP's administration, further explained that, "A time plan has been set for the implementation of the generous initiative in coordination with the World Health Organisation, government of Pakistan, and Pakistan Army. The processing of 1500 tonnes of food has been started according to the latest specifications and qualities controls in terms of nutritional and health value; the total weight of each food basket will be 75 kilograms, containing food supplies that include infant formula, flour, rice, sugar, salt, lentils, cooking oil and tea. The quantity of food will be sufficient for a whole month and will help the families facing the repercussions of the acute shortage of food sources, malnutrition and the impact of the cold weather." The statement concluded by offering thanks and appreciation to His Highness the President on this noble initiative which is an addition to the list of humanitarian initiatives from Sheikh Khalifa's goodness, giving and kind nature.

The provincial government in Pakistan has reported that a total of 67 children have died in recent weeks in the Tharparkar district because of the bitter cold that caused pneumonitis and malnutrition.

Also other official reports noted that the main reasons for this humanitarian disaster are attributed to the drought, famine and severe cold wave and the spread of sheep pox epidemic that wiped out huge numbers of livestock on which families are depending on as a major source for food provision. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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