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'Donor fatigue' adding to Pakistan health fears

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Donor fatigue could hamper efforts to save lives say UN officials co-ordinating the global aid response to the Pakistan flood disaster.

Disease is a growing threat and the United Nations says far more funding is required to provide
immediate assistance.

The floods have disrupted the lives of 14 milion people with many of the displaced living in muddy camps. Thousands more are sleeping in the open with their livestock.

At a children’s hospital complex in Multan, Dr Mukhtar Hussain said: “Before the floodwater normally we checked only 40 children a day. Now the number has doubled. Some children are directly coming from flood affected areas so they are suffering from gastroenteritis, diarrhoea and fever.”

Humanitarian organisations are working round the clock to deliver life-saving assistance to at least six milion people in urgent need as everyday items become unaffordable to most.

At a bazar in Swat valley, local resident Nisar Ahmed said: “The authorities should fix the price of commodities and this price should last till the end of the year. Otherwise the price of sugar is 50 rupees today, 60 rupees tomorrow and 70 rupees the day after. Why on earth has last year’s crop vanished into thin air?”

Comparatively low-key coverage in the international media has not helped the fund-raising cause says the UN’s humanitarian aid chief John Holmes who expects donations to start flowing now the scope of the disaster has become known.