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
Pakistan: Thank you letters from displaced Pakistani children
We received these two thank-you letters from displaced children taking part in our program to provide them with sports, games, art and other activities to alleviate the trauma associated with their circumstance:
Pakistan: Update from Pakistan
Holden Basch is visiting our Portland headquarters this week after spending the last two months running our emergency program in Pakistan for families displaced by fighting between the army and Taliban militants.
Pakistan: Update on kids' psychosocial program
A quick update of the numbers on our kids' psychosocial program:
Pakistan: Fleeing Home
Sadja's family of six has been living in an overcrowded high school for almost two months. Gunfire, bombs, and aerial shelling drove her from her home in Pakistan's Swat Valley, where intense fighting between the army and Taliban militants has displaced roughly three million people.
Pakistan: Helping kids cope
Life has been anything but normal for Salman since early May. That's when the fifth grader and his family fled their home in Mingora, Pakistan, to escape the fighting between Pakistan's army and Taliban militants.
Pakistan: Displacement figure tops 3.5 million
From the latest situation report submitted by our emergency-response team in Pakistan: Government of Pakistan figures show the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has risen to an estimated 3.584 million.
Pakistan: Staff pitch in to help more kids in Pakistan
Pakistan: Questions for Holden Basch
Pakistan: Helping kids displaced in Pakistan
Mercy Corps has begun providing sports and social activities to 1,200 displaced school-age children in Pakistan.
Pakistan: Meeting with Obama envoy on Pakistan
Earlier today I was among representatives of seven members of Interaction, a coalition of humanitarian agencies, who met with Richard Holbrooke, the Obama administration's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. The topic: Pakistan's growing IDP crisis.