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
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Pakistan: Taking steps to help pregnant women
We issued a news release today detailing the nearly $1.2 million grant we received from the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. The money will help us deliver cash vouchers to 120,000 people over the next four months.
Pakistan: IDP crisis worsens by the day
The news coming in is not good. Thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) are still pouring out of parts of northern Pakistan where fighting is continuing between Taliban militants and military forces.
Pakistan: Response team begins distributing cash vouchers
Today our team in Mardan began distributing cash vouchers to families affected by the violence in Pakistan. The vouchers are redeemable for a $45 check that can be cashed at numerous local banks. Over the next four months, Mercy Corps will deliver vouchers to 20,000 affected families.
Pakistan: Blankets, mosquito nets rushed to Pakistan families
Mercy Corps is rushing two truckloads of aid materials — including mosquito nets, soap and blankets — to more than 1,000 families displaced by fighting in Pakistan's Swat Valley.
Pakistan: Mercy Corps responds to 'massive displacement' in Pakistan
Mercy Corps is dispatching a team to assist some of the estimated 500,000 Pakistanis who are fleeing their homes as a result of intensifying conflict between government forces and Taliban militants.
Pakistan: Sewing's Rising Star
Growing up, the chattering gears of my mother's sewing machine provided the soundtrack to weekends in our home. Her dexterity with a foot pedal translated to nifty Halloween costumes for my brother and me, never going to school with rips in our pants and the occasional new blouse for her.
Pakistan: Babies, Full and Contented
You would expect a small room of 20 young children between the ages of six months and three years to be quite a noisy affair. But in this narrow space in Pakistan's Hazara Town, it is surprisingly quiet.
Pakistan: Strengthening Local Health Systems
Mercy Corps has achieved remarkable success in strengthening Pakistan’s public health systems to better fight the scourge of tuberculosis (TB).
Pakistan: Sadiqa's Story
It was about a year ago when Sadiqa got a cough that wouldn't go away. "It was quite difficult for me," the 50-year-old seamstress from Quetta, Pakistan remembers. "I couldn't sleep or work because of my coughing. I was getting weaker day by day and was up all night."
Pakistan: Rushing Medical Aid to Earthquake Survivors
Mercy Corps is rushing medical aid and emergency supplies to isolated villages affected by last week's 6.4-magnitude earthquake in western Pakistan, which killed at least 215 people and left about 120,000 people homeless in the remote province of Balochistan.