In Pakistan, we work with local NGOs and the Ministry of Health to provide ongoing medical assistance to address critical health issues as well as immediate and long term disaster recovery aid. See images of our work in Pakistan.
Snapshot of Pakistan:
Years of political instability and conflict (both internal and external) have limited economic growth in this nation of 200 million people. Nearly 50% of the population lives in poverty, with many still entirely dependent on the agricultural sector. Pakistan does have a modern health care system with an average life expectancy of 64 years. However, child mortality rates reflect a deeper crisis in health care. And compounding the health challenges, the country is vulnerable to large scale natural disasters, particularly earthquakes and floods. Critical health issues:
- Nearly one in ten children dies before the age of 5.
- Infant mortality rates are ten times higher than in the United States.
Since 1990, AmeriCares has provided significant aid to Pakistan, including medicines, medical supplies, equipment, health care facilities and nutritional support. AmeriCares has maintained strong ties with many local aid groups and nonprofit organizations, as well as Pakistan's Ministry of Health.
In 2010, Pakistan was devastated by catastrophic flooding, leaving 20 million people homeless.
AmeriCares responded immediately and continues to send aid to remote villages where families who lost everything are still struggling to survive. For twelve months after the disaster, AmeriCares sent more than $6 million in vital humanitarian aid. From delivering critical medicines and supplies, to drilling wells and installing water pumps, to restoring health facilities, AmeriCares helped the people of Pakistan recover and rebuild.
And throughout new flooding in 2011, we continued our village-to-village work to bring help to the beleaguered people of the region, providing humanitarian assistance and helping to rebuild more local clinics. Read more about our Pakistan Disaster Relief
In 2005, a massive earthquake struck northwestern Pakistan, killing 70,000 people, injuring 100,000 and leaving more than 3 million without homes. AmeriCares earthquake response included immediate airlifts of relief supplies, building a fully-equipped, temporary field hospital, a vaccine airlift and the rebuilding of rural health clinics.
The Pakistani government honored AmeriCares with the Star of Sacrifice award for its comprehensive, efficient earthquake response.
AmeriCares also donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to Pakistan to provide charitable medical care. Through this program, donated medicines and medical supplies reach impoverished and isolated communities where even basic medical care is inaccessible to the poor or often non-existent. AmeriCares donations cure infections, relieve pain, help patients manage chronic diseases and make life-changing surgeries possible.
Recent News from Pakistan
AmeriCares emergency response manager in Pakistan is working with local partner organizations to distribute much-needed relief supplies to remote villages devastated by September monsoon flooding.
AmeriCares is responding to an urgent need for medical assistance following a deadly earthquake in a remote province of Pakistan. We are rushing an emergency supply of medicines to our partner in a region where access is hampered by serious security concerns.
As 1.4 million people struggle amid devastating flooding in Pakistan, AmeriCares pre-positioned relief supplies helped partners reach families with cucial aid as quickly as possible
Devastating flooding has struck southern Pakistan, hitting areas still struggling to recover from the 2010 and 2011 flood disasters. AmeriCares pre-positioned relief supplies were in place even before the disaster, so that crucial aid could reach families in need as quickly as possible
AmeriCares has coordinated a targeted response to help an estimated 50,000 survivors of massive September, 2011 flooding in Pakistan -- many of whom are still recovering from the disastrous 2010 floods.
More than 5 million people are struggling to survive in the wake of a new wave of severe flooding in southern Pakistan, including many families still recovering from the catastrophic 2010 floods. Americares has responded with distributions of non-food items and free medical camps to help families in desperate need.
AmeriCares is responding as a new wave of monsoon rains triggered severe flooding in southern Pakistan, affecting more than 7 million people. The deluge is a blow to survivors in a region still struggling to recover from the catastrophic floods of 2010. Read More.
AmeriCares relief worker Riaz Khali, who continues to work throughout flood-ravaged Pakistan, reports on the success of a free AmeriCares medical camp, which provided needed services and medicine to 460 impoverished flood survivors.
AmeriCares continues critical relief aid to Pakistan villages. We are supporting recovery efforts by supplying water pumps to restore access to clean water and rebuilding health care facilities destroyed or damaged in the epic flood disaster of 2010.
AmeriCares keeps promises to survivors of Pakistan’s 2010 flood disaster, providing critical aid village by village. We continue to distribute critical relief supplies and rebuild health care services in remote villages.
AmeriCares continues to help remote villages in Pakistan badly damaged by massive flooding in August 2010 – distributes critical relief supplies to families in need, pledges to rebuild clinic.
Families left homeless by Pakistan's devastating floods brace for a brutal winter. Read more about AmeriCares relief efforts to keep them warm.
AmeriCares has received a $25,000 donation from Purdue Pharma for continuing relief efforts in flood-stricken Pakistan.
Dr. Rafi Ahmed, M.D. recently returned from an AmeriCares-supported medical mission to help flood survivors in Pakistan. Read his story.
Epic flood disaster in Pakistan demands massive international relief effort. Learn how AmeriCares is delivering critical medical aid.