Tsunami area children at high risk of multiple disabilities - Dr.
Several fact-finding surveys have been conducted during the last
eight months of the aftermath of tsunami, however the credit goes to an
independent Pakistani researcher for conducting the 'First'
Epidemiological fact-finding and need analysis survey for the likelihood
of different types of abnormalities in newly born and unborn babies, a
news release from the Tsunami Disaster International syndicate said.
The survey, known as the 'Tsunami Child Retardation Risk Assessment'
(CRRA) was primarily devised to detect, examine and gauge the risk of
child retardation in the children below five years as well as in the
unborn babies, in the post disaster situation. It also covered the
essential analysis of drinking water and its contaminations, after the
crucially poisonous water being absorbed by the soil.
All of the research work during CRRA and CRRM, which, actually
requires a number of institutional superfluity, has been executed almost
single-handedly by the researcher of Pakistan, a world renowned
epidemiologist, Prof. Dr. Aurangzed Hafi.
On completion of the first epidemiological survey, Dr. Hafi has given
an alert alarm for a vulnerable risk increase of child retardation in
newly-born and unborn babies. He has emphasized upon the need of
immediate action to be taken by the World Health Organization and UNICEF
for this specific issue.
To bring the situation under control, some special immune enhancing
and nutritional supplements should be developed and should be
exclusively formulated, by focusing upon, and according to the specified
needs of the post disaster situation, he mentioned.
The findings of CRRA survey along with the elucidated suggestions
made by the researcher, have been made available to conscientious
international agencies for further actions to be taken upon. The
tsunami's CRRA Survey has provided core nucleus, on which response
coordination can be built. It has provided important and major issues to
be raised up and dealt with. On humanitarian basis, the researcher is
willing to extend his services voluntarily, and ready to cooperate with
governmental and non governmental organizations to help the victims of
The officials of CSGU have reportedly confirmed that he has also
voluntarily declined the remunerations for his services, offered by Sri
Lanka, saying that the money of his wages should be spent upon poor
retarded children of the tsunami camps.
Dr. Hafi is ready to embark upon tracking the next phase of his
project, i.e. Tsunami Child Retardation Risk Management' (CRRM). In this
phase of the project, he has also planned to provide the maximum
possible quantity of the recommended nutritional supplements in Aceh,
Sumatra, and Sri Lanka in an earliest possible time frame and seeks for
philanthropic help by local, regional and international institutions,
donors and organisational platforms.