Pakistan is at high risk from climate change and natural disasters. Events such as earthquakes, typhoons, flooding and drought have haunted the country for years, and regularly swept away the foundations on which the lives of hundreds of thousands of families were built. Well functioning hospitals are usually found only in the larger cities, and most medical centers are lacking in trained personnel, or infrastructure such as water, power, medications, or medical equipment. Poor hygiene, a lack of clean water, and the remoteness of medical help promote the spread of diseases and epidemics. Anti-Terror operations along the Afghan border have led to years of population displacement, and Pakistan is now home to 1.5 million displaced people, including thousands of refugees from Afghanistan.
Malteser International has been continually active in Pakistan since the earthquake of 2005, in order to support the population with a succession of crises. Since 2014, our work has been focused on health and disaster risk reduction. We are especially involved in the care of pregnant women and young children. We support for the training of specialist personnel, and the provision of medical supplies and equipment for health centers. In order to help protect the population from natural disasters we train the inhabitants of at-risk areas in disaster preparedness, and support provincial governments with the creation and implementation of disaster risk reduction plans.
Malteser International Locations: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Sindh Province, Islamabad (Country Office)