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 Results in Pakistan

  • We kept 83,019 children safe from harm.
  • More than 545,841 children got the opportunity to learn.
  • In times of crisis, 880,601 children received emergency relief.
  • More than 1,263,101 children had a healthy start in life.
  • We reached 1,013 people to help fight the spread of AIDS, care for the sick and protect orphans left behind by the terrible disease.
  • To help parents feed their children, 42,420 received support to start businesses, improve farming practices and invest in their children’s futures.
  • To fight malnutrition, nearly 158,326 received nutritious food and vital supplements.

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

  • Infant Death Rate: 85.9 in 1,000 live births
  • Human Development Rank: 146 out of 187 countries
  • Girls' Education: 7.7 years
  • Underweight Children: 31.6%
  • Maternal Death Risk: 1 in 110 women
  • Income pwer capita: 1260 (USD)


Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report.You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programme 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

Last Updated January 2015

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