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.
Address the urgent issues of economic development, public health service delivery, and effective relief and recovery from natural disasters and conflict.
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- 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
- Population (2014 est.): 196.1 million
- UN Human Development Index rank: 146 (out of 187)
- Mercy Corps has worked here since 1986
All stories about Pakistan
Pakistan: Strengthening Local Health Systems March 4, 2009
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 December 16, 2008
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 November 3, 2008
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.
Pakistan: Mercy Corps Continues Flood Response August 2, 2007
Agency relief workers continue to reach stranded residents with humanitarian supplies and hire local residents to pump stagnant water from villages after a deluge that has affected 2.5 million Pakistanis since late June.
Pakistan: Medical Camps Key Part of Flood Reponse July 11, 2007
As Mercy Corps continues to deliver emergency kits throughout flood-affected parts of southwest Pakistan, agency health teams are treating outpatients at three rapidly erected medical camps.
Pakistan: Fighting Tuberculosis, Village by Village March 24, 2007
Larkana, Sindh Province, Pakistan — It was the eyes that struck me most. Deep, dark, penetrating, yet not wanting to reveal too much. But they could not hide Mrs. Hussna's weariness from battling a debilitating disease.
Pakistan: Rebuilding Pakistan, One Year Post-Quake October 9, 2006
Pakistan: Mercy Corps Receives 'Star of Sacrifice' Award From Pakistan President September 26, 2006
Pakistan: South Asia on the Big Screen August 31, 2006
What was it like to live through the violent separation of Bangladesh from Pakistan in 1971? Has recent communal violence in the Indian state of Gujarat soured relations between young Muslims and Hindus? How has Sri Lanka's on-and-off civil war affected everyday life there?
Pakistan: Back to School April 7, 2006
Kotlipaeen, North West Frontier Province — A cool morning rain can't dampen the enthusiasm of school children revved up for a special celebration. Neither can grim reminders of the devastating earthquake last fall that all but flattened this 4,000-person village.