Eastern Mediterranean: working for health in the aftermath of the South Asia earthquake
In the early morning of Saturday, 8 October 2005, an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale shook the northern provinces of Pakistan – the most easterly country in WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Region. Hardest-hit were the provinces of Pakistan-Administered Kashmir and the North West Frontier. More than 73 000 people were killed, another 129 000 were injured, and whole villages were levelled. Altogether some four million people were affected.
This is the story of Professor Adib Rizvi, urologist and surgeon at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SUIT) in Karachi, Pakistan. As soon as he heard about the earthquake, Dr Rizvi and his team packed their equipment and drove to the affected area. Theirs was one of the first medical teams to arrive at the disaster.