Pakistan

The current water situation in Pakistan is extremely dire with over 15 million people have no choice but to collect dirty water from unsafe sources. An estimated 250,000 children in Pakistan under the age of 5 years die every year due to water borne diseases. Over 93 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation in Pakistan, over half of the population. Water borne diseases are causing Pakistan’s economy $1.3 billion dollars every year.

Pakistan officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a sovereign country in South Asia. With a population exceeding 180 million people, it is the sixth most populous country and with an area covering 796,095 km2 (307,374 sq mi), it is the 36th largest country in the world in terms of area. Pakistan’s water situation is extremely precarious. Water availability has plummeted from about 5,000 cubic meters (m3) per capita in the early 1950’s to less than 1,500 m3 per capita today. According to 2008 data from the Food and Agriculture Organization, Pakistan’s total water availability per capita ranks dead last in a list of 26 Asian countries and the United States.

According to the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars Asia Programme Report, Pakistan is expected to become water-scarce (the designation of a country with annual water availability below 1,000 m3 per capita) by 2035, though some experts project this may happen as soon as 2020, if not earlier.

Four fifths of all illnesses are caused by water borne diseases with diarrhoea being the leading cause of death in children. Water borne diseases like Cholera, Typhoid, Hepatitis A & E and Diarrhoea are widespread in the country. WHO reports that 25%-30% of all hospital admissions are connected to water borne bacterial and parasitic conditions with 60% of infant deaths caused by water borne infections.

About Pakistan

Key Facts

  • 768 million people in the world don’t have access to safe water. This is roughly 1 in 5 children die around every 60 seconds as a result of water-borne diseases.
  • Around 700,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. That’s almost 2,000 children a day.
  • 1 in 8 people do not have regular access to safe water; they may walk miles per day to collect dirty water from the nearest source.
  • More than a third of the world’s population (2.6 billion people) have inadequate sanitation.
  • By 2025, it is estimated that two thirds of the world’s population will live in areas facing moderate to severe water stress.
  • Women and girls bear the burden of fetching water – and as a result miss out on opportunities for education, productive activities or leisure time.

How we work

We work with local partners to raise awareness of the significance of water and human health by engaging the local communities. Also, cost effective measures are taken to make clean water in easy reach of local masses.

Our Impact

Over 2 million people have benefited from our water projects. We also have been providing bottled water and tankers as short term solutions during the major emergencies in Pakistan such as earth quake in 2005 and floods in 2010.

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Water pumps installed
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Electric pumps installed
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Tube wells installed
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Water treatment plants set up

Case Studies

Haider’s Story

Haider is a Tenant and works for a local landlord. With the installation of a hand pump his family can have easy access to the clean water without spending long hours to travel to other places. Read his testimonial:


He added, my 5 years daughter and 7 years son can go school and spend time with their peers instead helping me to get the water for daily use.
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Aftermath of Pakistan 2010 Flooding

Thatha Gurmani is situated in Thesil Kot Addu, district Muzaffargarh, South Punjab in Pakistan. It was the most affected village during the flood disaster in 2010. The total population of Thatha Gurmani is 29,000.

According to a survey report, this village was totally destroyed by flood waters. The report highlighted that the drinking water has been contaminated by high coliform bacteria after the flooding. 50% of the elderly people had suffered from water borne disease such as diarrhoea and constipation. Furthermore, 80% of the children were suffering from various complex water borne disease including, hepatitis and vomiting.

In Addition to that 75% women suffered from Gastro and Dihedral diseases. After knowing that underground water was not fit for human consumption, the residents of Thatha Gurmani were forced to travel to get water from nearby villages. Al Mustafa Welfare Trust® recognised the problem and decided to provide the village with clean water with cost effective solutions. They installed 50 hand pumps in village Thatha Gurmani in 2011.

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