Where We Work - Pakistan

Save the Children in Pakistan

Save the Children has been working in Pakistan for over 30 years, assisting children and families in the aftermath of emergencies, such as the conflict that forced more than 2 million people from their homes in 2009 and the devastating floods in 2010 that destroyed more than 1 million homes.

Our Emergency Response

Pakistan Khyber Conflict 2013

Ongoing fighting between the Government of Pakistan and armed groups in Khyber Agency (north-west Pakistan) resulted in a mass exodus of families. More than 250,000 people - mainly women and children – fled the area, with many walking for days. Some stayed in crowded camps but many are stayed with extended families that are very poor themselves and struggled to survive.

Women and children who fled violence were extremely vulnerable. It was a terrifying time – many children witnessed their homes being destroyed.

We rapidly assessed the needs on the ground and distributed life-saving and life-sustaining supplies such as shelter kits, and food.

Floods in 2010

In 2010 the people of Pakistan were hit hard by unrelenting monsoon floods. Millions struggled to get their lives back to normal after years of recovery. Over 5 million men, women and children lost their homes and are still working to rebuild their lives.

Save the Children immediately responded to the floods, sending relief workers to Pakistan to help children and families recover from their devastating loss. We implemented programs to provide shelter, medical aid, education, nutrition and other humanitarian relief to the victims of the flood. To date we have helped over 4 million people, including nearly 2 million children.

For more information read our report.

Pakistan Facts and Statistics

  • Population: 193,238,868
  • Infant Death Rate: 59 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Life Expectancy: 66 years
  • Poverty Rate: 21%
  • Human Development Rank: 146
  • Girls' Education: 6 years


Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2012 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Infant Mortality Rate: CIA World Factbook 2012; Life Expectancy at Birth: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2012; National Poverty Rate: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2012; Population: CIA World Factbook 2012; Human Development Index Rank: United Nations Development Program

Last Updated June 2014