Pakistan has a population of over 200 million making it the world’s sixth most populous country while 63% of the population lives in rural areas.
With these figures, the most important challenges in the public health sector of Pakistan is to end the water, sanitation and hygiene crisis and promote dignified lives, reduce preventable deaths, improve gender equality and provide inclusive and sustainable WASH services.
Our Rural programme intends to address these issues and make a lasting change in the lives of the poor through ensuring inclusive and sustainable WASH services in households, healthcare facilities and schools for the most vulnerable and excluded communities in rural areas.
Our projects are intervening in schools to provide water and sanitation facilities and impart hygiene education. In healthcare facilities, we are working with communities and management bodies to improve health services and outcomes. As part of our mandate to leave no one behind, we are also working in the villages with communities to ensure at least basic sanitation in order for them to have better, healthier lives.
Across all of our projects, we work with local governments, institutional authorities, district administration and communities to build knowledge, capacity and motivation for locally owned and driven WASH solutions that are scalable and sustainable.
A story of transformation
Women in the village of Yaarli in Tharparkar had to pull water from a well for their daily use. WaterAid built water point in the village that extracts water from the well through a solar powered generator. It is now easier for women to collect water.