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Pfizer Foundation Responds to Earthquake Relief in Pakistan Offers US$ 50,000 donation to Direct Relief for efforts in rehabilitation

 

December 19, 2015: Pfizer Foundation, the charitable arm of Pfizer Inc. in New York, has stepped forward to aid Pakistani victims in the aftermath of the recent earthquake that jolted northern Pakistan on October 26, 2015. To support the rehabilitation and relief efforts in Pakistan, Pfizer Foundation will be providing a US$ 50,000 grant to Direct Relief, an international NGO operating in more than 70 countries and aiding in international emergencies.

With the epicenter in Hindu Kush, the earthquake registered a 7.5 on the Richter scale and resulted in the deaths of at least 779 people, injured over 1700 and damaged over 100,000 houses.* Most of the human and infrastructure losses were reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir.

Direct Relief is partnering on the ground with several local organizations who are mobilizing medical resources to help earthquake survivors. Organizations include The Marafie Foundation, American Medical Overseas Relief (AMOR) and the Pakistan Institute of Prosthetics and Orthotics (PIPOS) in collaboration with the Pakistan Army and other local government authorities.

Caroline Roan, president, Pfizer Foundation, said, of the earthquake relief grant, “As winter comes, the death toll is expected to rise and may make some of these areas inaccessible. The timely disbursement of this grant will help save lives and support in the rehabilitation of victims left behind in this devastating earthquake.”

Country Manager of Pfizer in Pakistan, Dr Farid Khan, added, “We have always been on the forefront of supporting Pakistani people in times of disaster.  In 2005, Pfizer was conferred the Sitara-e-Eisaar by the President of Pakistan for our earthquake relief work. This grant continues to show our commitment to  stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Pakistani people during these testing times. I am thankful to the Pfizer Foundation for providing this invaluable support.”

Pfizer Pakistan Limited is also working on the ground with a number of organizations to aid in food supply, shelter, medicines and other immediate needs of the displaced people.

About Pfizer Foundation

The Pfizer Foundation is a charitable organization established by Pfizer Inc. The Foundation is a separate and independent tax-exempt organization. The Foundation’s mission is to promote access to quality health care, to nurture innovation, and to support the community involvement of Pfizer colleagues around the world.

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Pfizer has been working for the health and wellbeing of patients in Pakistan for more than 50 years. Our business in Pakistan is part of the global Pfizer Inc. operations, first founded in 1849 in New York, USA. At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products. Our global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world's best-known consumer health care products. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as one of the world's premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, we collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who rely on us. To learn more about our operations in Pakistan, please visit us at www.pfizer.com.pk