Address the urgent issues of economic development, public health service delivery, and effective relief and recovery from natural disasters and conflict.
Economic growth in Pakistan is constrained by the ongoing regional instability and conflict, which contributes to domestic instability and violence in much of the country. Rates of tuberculosis (TB), maternal and child mortality, and malnutrition are some of the highest in south Asia. Better governance remains a critical need for equitable development.
- Emergency response: Provided basic supplies and rehabilitated damaged water and sanitation systems after massive monsoon flooding in 2010 and 2011
- Agriculture & Food: Helping dairy farmers increase their incomes by keeping their animals healthy
- Health: Increasing access to TB treatment; training health workers and midwives to improve maternal childbirth and newborn health
- Economic opportunity: Providing training in key skills and connecting trainees with local employment opportunities
- Disaster preparedness: Working with local authorities to develop long-term disaster prevention efforts like reducing soil erosion to mitigate future flooding
All stories about Pakistan
Pakistan: Nothing more precious than a buffalo
Small farmers all over Sindh province were hit hard by this past summer’s catastrophic flooding. Most of these farmers are very poor, living on less than $2 a day.
Pakistan: Health clinics on wheels
I met 25-year-old Sahiba and her two-year-old son Rehan while they were waiting patiently to see a doctor at one of Mercy Corps mobile health clinics in Sindh province. Rehan had a bad cough for several days, and his mother was alarmed.
Pakistan: Bringing hope to those who have none
After three long months, many of Pakistan’s millions of flood-displaced citizens are starting to return home. Most are happy and relieved, but all are grappling with the next phase of this devastating disaster: how to rebuild when they have nothing left.
Pakistan: The chronicles of "Chlorine Baba"
Munawar Abbass is serious about water. Munawar is a Mercy Corps water coordinator, and he supervises a compact but complex water-processing plant that is keeping 8,000 flood survivors alive. He’s been at it for more than three months, first in the Swat Valley and now in Sindh Province.
Pakistan: "Islamabad is not Pakistan"
“Islamabad is not Pakistan.” I’ve heard this several times, and I’ve only been here 24 hours. The idea is that Islamabad, as the capital, is so orderly and sanitized that it doesn’t resemble the rest of the country.
Pakistan: A long way home
I should have explained, but I didn’t. Phagal, thankfully, didn’t need an explanation.
Pakistan: Biking to Bollywood
Pakistan: How we'll restore hope in Pakistan
In a few days time, Muslims in Pakistan will celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. Millions will this typically festive occasion in tents far from home, in very hot, humid and unforgiving conditions.
Pakistan: Homemade signs and help
Pakistan: Delivering aid to flooded-out families
This was written by my colleague Raheel Ayaz, a monitoring and evaluation officer here in Pakistan: Sixteen-year-old Rasalat Khan is a member of one of the 161 families who received emergency food and tool kits from Mercy Corps on Wednesday.