The strength to survive

humedica supports disaster prevention in Pakistan

by Anna Grabner-Strobach,  2020/01/22

The Islamic republic of Pakistan is quite regularly forced to face great challenges. In the main monsoon period from June to September its population has to watch out for floods and landslides. Earthquakes, too, hit the country more often than before. Not least due to the climate change natural disasters occur more often in zones, which are already seismic active anyway. Also due to its inclination towards extreme weather events like storms, floods, droughts or heat the country has to intensify its disaster prevention.

Heat, droughts and the lack of drinking water are enormous challenges for the agricultural sector. Photo: Thomas Grabka

The South-Asian country with more than 216 million inhabitants is among those countries, which are most effected worldwide by the climatic changes. In particular people living in rural areas are affected. They often lack the abilities to attenuate the force of a disaster. The supply with water and food is a great problem in rural areas.

In the district of Umerkot people earn their living from farming. They can only dream of such things as education, access to a functioning health care system, balanced nutrition or water supply. Especially women have to take on great strains on their daily marches to the water holes, which often take several hours.

The village women go through great hardships to fetch drinking water. Photo: Thomas Grabka

With its partner Pak Mission Society (PMS)humedica steps in at this point and closes the gap by projects training the people to improve sustainably their living conditions by themselves. “Helping people to help themselves” is the keyword here. Together with our partner we reach out to people to help them finding their own way out of hunger and dependence.

In the course of the long-term prevention projects 60 communities will be schooled in effective disaster management. This training aims to strengthen the resilience of the population to catastrophes. The focus is on topics such as water supply, hygiene and the fight against the effects of drought. Even so in most cases people are not able to influence the situation itself, they can take measures to reduce the consequences of disasters.

humedica relies on the cooperation with local partners. Coordination and training are expected to expand the autonomy of the people. Trainings, equipment and water treatment units are needed to secure a basic supply. On the project agenda are also climate friendly farming practices. Together we can help more than 10,000 people to improve their living conditions and enable them to lead a more decent and dignified life in the long term.

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