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Facing challenges in Pakistan

So far, 5,700 families have been helped by Concern Worldwide’s emergency response in Pakistan.

Reaching more people

Following our assessments in Sindh province in south Pakistan, we are planning to increase the number of people we’re working with from 10,000 to 20,000 families. This means we’ll be reaching over 150,000 people.

Urgent need

We will be targeting some of the worst-affected families in Sindh province, we will be distributing items such as kitchen sets, hygiene kits and blankets. We will also work to ensure they have access to clean water.

Understanding the numbers

As this work continues, we’re only really beginning to understand the scale of what has happened in Pakistan. Paul O’Brien, Concern’s overseas director, wrote recently:

 

The number affected now tops 14 million people, with six million in need of immediate emergency assistance. It can be difficult to get your head around these numbers. 

One statistic that really brought it home to me this week was this: out of all the affected people, 30,000 are babies less than one month old. 

 

Enormous challenges

Paul also wrote about the challenges that lie ahead:

With supplies of goods and fuel dwindling, and prices of basic items rising, things are likely to get worse before they get better. The international community must do more to help. 

The lessons learned from previous experience, and the hard work and preparation over the last number of years, mean that Concern and our partners are in a good position to face the enormous challenges ahead.