68 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation in Pakistan.

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

Around 39,000 children under five 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.

Over half of the population of Pakistan now lives 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 nine partner organisations in eight 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
  • Improving WASH services in schools
  • Campaigning for WASH rights
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Water services for poor urban communities
  • Community-led total sanitation in rural areas
  • Improved urban sanitation through ‘component sharing’ model
Influencing decision-makers
  • Providing support to government for sector strengthening
  • Campaigning for WASH rights
  • Engagement with law makers to priorities WASH as development priority

Our impact

In Pakistan in 2015-16 we reached:

  • 229,982 people with safe water
  • 521,269 people with improved sanitation.