ISLAMABAD: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today awarded grants to 25 local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to create community awareness about clean water and hygiene practices in 19 districts, the Federally Administered Tribal Area, and the Frontier Regions. “Water- and sanitation-related diseases are responsible for 60 percent of child deaths in Pakistan,” said Anne Aarnes, Mission Director of USAID/Pakistan. “USAID is helping Pakistani communities’ access clean water and adopt sanitary practices that save lives.”
The grants are part of USAID’s $17.9 million Pakistan Safe Drinking Water and Hygiene Promotion Project. The three-year project complements the Government of Pakistan’s Clean Drinking Water Initiative by working with communities to ensure proper maintenance of government-provided water filtration plants. In areas that do not have access to water filtration plants, the project conducts campaigns to improve hygiene and sanitation practices, teach effective household methods of cleaning water, and establish health education programs in schools.
The program targets the districts of Zhob, Turbat-Kech, Gujrat, Khushab, Thatta, Jamshoro, Khairpur Mir, Larkana, Swat, Bunair, Khyber Agency, Orakzai Agency, North Waziristan Agency, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, Lakki, Tank,, and D.I. Khan. Since 2002, the U.S. Government on behalf of the American people has provided more than $2 billion to Pakistan to improve economic growth, education, health, and governance, and to assist with earthquake reconstruction.-SANA