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    Posted March 29, 2014 by
    hyderabad, Pakistan

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    “1st Tharparkar Situation Analysis Survey”

    BY: Jani Khaskheli

    “1st Tharparkar Situation Analysis Survey” has brought scientific and surprising facts on Tharparkar calamity, on Friday, 21st March, Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed, Chief Executive HANDS, have provided significant information on the issue. The survey was technically facilitated by UN-OCHA.HANDS has released its rapid assessment report on Tharparkar famine disaster in technical support with UN-OCHA. Dr. Shaikh Tanveer, CE HANDS, conducted a webinar session to reveal the findings of ‘1st Situation Analysis Survey – Tharparkar’. The report contains input from WHO, UNICEF, WFP, FAO and other humanitarian partners. According to HANDS’ survey, the dying livestock has left people incapable to buy food, in spite of availability in market. This create cash deprivation which hindered their communication and traveling to reach of food & health facilities. Furthering the alarming death of children, the survey reports the declining breast feeding pattern among mothers since December last year. Along with the non-functionality of particular health facilities, the survey indicates presence of serious diseases like Malaria, Diarrhea and Scabies in the area. The report further says that “The untimely and low rainfall have caused domestic crop failure, coupled with outbreak of sheep pox epidemic in small livestock linking to food insecurity and high number of deaths including children in Tharparkar.”According to report families in Thar trade in or sell their animals to fulfill their requirements of cash, essential commodities or services. The current veterinary epidemic has wiped out most of their livestock and ability to sustain. This in turn has caused 167 deaths, 99 children and 68 adults, affecting 259,947 families, as per the health facilities’ data from PDMA.The report sends recommendations for short term relief till monsoon and long term 10 years’ strategy. This includes cash compensation and supplies of livestock, seed distribution, restoration of irrigation, availability of safe drinking water, dry ration supply at door-step, provision of primary, secondary and tertiary health facilities, free or subsidized transport system and activation of awareness campaign with of mobile phones and FM radio. HANDS’ rapid assessment reviewed 83 sample villages of Chachro, 120 of Diplo, 61 of Mithi and 58 villages of Nagarparkar, covering overall 44 UCs of Thar district. The data has been collected from 637 Key Informants; 322 males and 315 females.
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