Dr Sohni, an Action Against Hunger staff member in Pakistan.

Pakistan

In a country highly impacted by the climate crisis, undernutrition is still a major concern.

Pakistan has South Asia’s second largest economy, but inequality, poverty, conflict and limited access to basic social services have limited its development.

As well as being frequently affected by natural disasters, the country is also vulnerable to the climate crisis. In 2019, earthquakes, heavy rainfall and drought hit the country.

The country faces persistent drought, specifically in the provinces of Sindh and Baluchistan. This has affected 5 million people and has devastated the local agriculture.

Alongside the climate crisis, there is ongoing conflict in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa between insurgents and the Pakistan Army – leading to widespread displacement.

Country facts

  • 220m

    Pakistan has a population of 220 million people.

  • 152

    Pakistan ranks 152nd out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index.

  • 45%

    Almost half of Pakistani children under five suffer from stunted growth as a result of malnutrition.

Play videoJenny, Action Against Hunger's country director in Pakistan, explains how Pakistani women are fighting back against climate change.

The Pakistani women leading the fight against climate change

In our 60 Second Challenge series, Jenny, our Country Director in Pakistan, explains how women in rural Pakistan are taking control of their community’s health and dealing with the salinisation of their soil.

Action Against Hunger’s work in Pakistan

In 2019, we continued the implementation of the Programme for Improved Nutrition in Sindh (PINS) with the support of the EU. The programme focuses on the treatment of malnutrition on health facilities supported by an outreach programme to screen children for the disease. There’s also a referral system for their follow-up appointments and a behaviour change communication programme for improved childcare, sanitation and feeding practices. This programme reached in 44,797 severely acutely malnourished children in 2019.

In Sindh province, we’ve also developed a pilot project to address the high levels of soil salinity and water scarcity in the district of Thatta. This project supports small farmers so they can reclaim agricultural land abandoned because of increased soil salinity.

Girls under 24 make up 21% of Pakistan’s population, so we launched an innovative project in Hyderabad, Sindh province, to raise awareness on hunger among adolescent girls in four schools.

Our response to coronavirus in Pakistan

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve been able to treat almost 70,000 children for severe malnutrition despite lockdown measures.

Our nutrition, health and livelihoods programmes have continued with all staff wearing personal protective equipment to help stop the spread of the virus.

Our reach

  • 276,182

    We reached more than 275,000 people through our programmes in Pakistan in 2019.

  • 83

    We have 83 staff based in Islamabad, Dadu, Ghotki, Khairpur, Matiari.

  • 1979

    We've been working in Pakistan since 1979.

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