In a disaster response health emergencies will represent the largest part of our work. Providing first aid and all the basics services related to health emergency the medical teams need to be fast, efficient and capable of working under pressure. Mobile clinics will also have a crucial role in reaching rural folks or communities cut off by flood, earthquake or other natural disasters.
In the long run the teams will, in addition, will be able to assess the appropriate long- term rehabilitation work needed, either physical or psychological. They will also aim to help in educating the various communities in health issues and community care.
Very often in the aftermath of a disaster the victims are homeless or displaced and the need for a dry shelter is as important as the need for food. Tents are the main choice of shelter at the initial stage but they are a temporary solution to a very big problem. Therefore in the long run INSAF’s team can help in working out more permanent accommodations and even help with the rebuilding of houses.
INSAF’s team comprising doctors and nutritionists will assess what type of food is required following an emergency depending on the type and location of the disaster. The food supplied needs to fit in with the various religious beliefs of the victims and the type of diet they are accustomed to consume. The team will also assess the particular needs of the elderly and the children because these two groups are often vulnerable to nutrition deficiencies.
In any emergency, lives are put at risk by inadequate water supplies and poor sanitation. INSAF’s aim is to help provide some water supplies, and essential sanitation facilities, even in the most difficult circumstances. In emergencies which unfold over a longer period of time, there is more time to develop solutions that are more cost-effective and appropriate to local conditions. INSAF health teams also work alongside water engineers to ensure water and sanitation facilities are used properly, and so prevent the spread of disease.