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Disease risk in north-west Pakistan

Concern Worldwide is helping thousands of displaced people at risk of disease in Pakistan. We’re working closely with the government and the United Nations to deal with the growing risk of dysentery, diarrhoea and malaria as well as other water-borne diseases. 

Conflict and displacement 

The alarming situation in north-west Pakistan is intensifying as several hundred people a day are being displaced from their homes because of conflict. This is compounding an existing crisis that peaked in March. Then, about 10,000 people, fleeing conflict, were being registered every day in Jalazoi camp in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Mounting pressure 

Since January, 52,000 families have entered Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province looking for help. Eighty seven percent of them are settling with host communities. These communities were already impoverished and are now under more pressure. The districts affected include Peshawar, Nowshera and Kohat.

Essential assistance

We’re helping these people. We’re working with the United Nations refugee agency, the government of Pakistan and other charity partners. So far, we’ve helped 30,000 people by:

  • Distributing essential supplies like hygiene kits
  • Establishing clean and safe water supplies 
  • Conducting hygiene education sessions 

All of this will help protect the most vulnerable people against an outbreak of disease. In the coming months, we will expand our work to include cash assistance and a medical programme. 

Our plan is to help a further 65,116 people by September.

Huge scale 

According to the United Nations, nearly a quarter of a million people were displaced from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas into neighbouring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province between January and June 2012. The massive influx brings the number of those displaced to over 660,000 since 2008.

Monsoon 

The onset of the monsoon season is expected to put people living in and around displacement camps – particularly children and the elderly – at severe risk. 

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