Working to alleviate poverty, hunger, and improving access to healthcare
Population: 202.2 Million
- Poor rural households are difficult to reach by national large-scale interventions
- Covid 19 pandemic
- Poor housing
- Income inequality
- Unavailability of safe water supply
- Poor sanitation, and lack of medical facilities in rural areas
UMR's Advancement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Pakistan
What is the situation in Pakistan?
The growth of GDP has declined significantly, a negative growth balance of 0.4%, last year due to Covid-19 pandemic lockdown . COVID-19 closures and lockdowns limit the spread of the virus but contribute to growing unemployment and poverty in Pakistan. About 40% of the total population live below the poverty line because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pakistan is among the most urbanized countries of South Asia. However, due to messy and hidden urbanization Pakistan struggles to deliver public services and create productive jobs. The quality of housing is often lower among urban populations. Karachi, for example, ranks 135th out of 140 cities globally on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2015 livability index .
National water and sanitation averages have improved, but very high inequality between the richest and poorest still persists, up to 70 percent of rural Pakistan has a lack of access to clean drinking water . The use of unsafe drinking water leads to 30 percent of diseases and 40 percent of all deaths in Pakistan. Shared latrines among households are common in cities and access to solid waste management services remains low. Over 53,000 children, under 5 years, died of diarrhea-related diseases each year, that is caused by dirty water and poor toilets .
Despite the increase in public health facilities, Pakistan’s key health indicators have seen slow progress over the years. The infant mortality rate (IMR) is still 74 per 1000 live births, and the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is 274 per 100,000 live births , which is higher than that of neighboring countries. Inequities in access to healthcare services are present across geographical areas, while disadvantaged districts poorly covered for essential primary services compared to better resourced districts.
What types of interventions does UMR implement?
UMR Pakistan prioritizes agile efforts that can quickly reach disaster-affected populations, and micro-targeted interventions that reach remote and rural communities. UMR Pakistan is committed to the global SDG principle to ‘leave no one behind’ by helping the Government of Pakistan alleviate the burden of poverty on populations that are difficult to reach. As a result, UMR has been closely working with its partners to improve the lives of millions of people across Pakistan by providing humanitarian assistance to the needy, affected and marginalized population Since 2015.
UMR’s core program value mainly focuses on improvement of people’s lives through implementation of the Water Sanitation and Hygiene, Child Protection and Food Distribution projects across Pakistan. By building tube wells in the rural and underserved areas, UMR ensures not just equal and sufficient access to clean drinking water for approximately 12000 beneficiaries every year but prevents the spread of diseases in Pakistan. In addition to this, around 256 families, living in rural Pakistan, are provided halal meat every year through UMR’s Qurbani food programs.