Pakistan

An Action Against Hunger field worker screens a young girl in Pakistan for malnutrition.
Photo: E. Diaz for Action Against Hunger, Pakistan
Population
185.1 million
Human Development Index
147 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
83 employees
Program Start
2005

People Helped in 2019: 276,182

275,505
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
677
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

Pakistan is highly impacted by climate change. In 2019, earthquakes, heavy rainfall, and drought hit the country. In Sindh and Baluchistan, a severe drought affected 5 million people and devastated agriculture. Additional, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is still going through a crisis due to military operations against militias in tribal areas, which has led to high levels of displacement. Overall, the country has one of the world's worst malnutrition rates, with 45% children under five stunted.

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In 2019, Action Against Hunger implemented the Program for Improved Nutrition in Sindh (PINS) with the support of the EU. We treated malnutrition in health facilities, supported an outreach program to screen, refer, and follow up with children, and implemented a behavior change communication program for improved childcare, sanitation, and feeding practices. Through this approach, we managed 44,797 cases of severe acute malnutrition in children in 2019.

In Sindh, our teams implemented a pilot project focusing on a saline-tolerant fodder approach to address high levels of soil salinity and water scarcity in the district of Thatta. This project supports small farmers in re-cultivating their agricultural land that has been abandoned due to increased salinity. Action Against Hunger also launched an innovative project in Hyderabad to raise awareness about hunger among adolescent girls in four schools.

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