16 million people have no choice but to collect unsafe water from unsafe sources.
68 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation in Pakistan.
people in Pakistan don't have access to safe water.
Over 41,000 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 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.
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:
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.
In Pakistan last year we reached: