people in Pakistan don't have access to safe water.

Over 93 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation in Pakistan, over half of the population.

Over 40,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation in Pakistan.

Pakistan is one of the most populous countries in the world and increasing urbanisation and political instability have resulted in millions lacking safe water or a basic toilet.

The crisis

The geography of Pakistan varies greatly, ranging from arid deserts to remote mountainous regions. This makes accessing safe water extremely difficult for many communities.

Vast flood plains present a high risk of flooding across much of the country. The extreme floods in 2010 affected 20 million people, more than one in ten of the total population.

It is estimated that by 2015 over half of the people in Pakistan will live in urban areas. This rapid migration is putting increased strain on already limited water and sanitation facilities.

Our approach

WaterAid launched its programme in Pakistan in 2006. We have helped marginalised communities establish sustainable water supplies and sanitation services. We have also influenced government policy-makers to serve the interests of vulnerable people.

WaterAid's strategy in Pakistan is to work through local partners to improve hygiene behaviour and ensure people have access to water supply and sanitation services, with a special emphasis on:

  • Innovative approaches
  • Participatory methods
  • Women and other vulnerable groups
  • Hygiene promotion
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Sustainability

We are working with seven partner organisations in seven districts of Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to bring change in the lives of those living without safe water and sanitation.

Our projects

Delivering services
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene in schools
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Water services for poor urban communities
  • Community-led total sanitation in rural areas
  • Improved urban sanitation through ‘component sharing’ model
  • Hygiene education
Influencing decision-makers
  • Coordination with government on the development of WASH policies and action plans
  • Campaigning for sanitation rights
  • Celebration of international days
  • Engagement with media to highlight WASH issues

In Pakistan last year we reached:

  • 75,000 people with safe water
  • 108,000 people with improved sanitation.

Watch this short film to find out more:

A woman drinks from a glass of water.