A deadly 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

At least 20 people have been killed, including at least six children. Hundreds more people have been injured. Save the Children is monitoring the situation and is ready to respond with food aid, non-food items, and health care to affected families should the need arise.

Help Save Children in Pakistan

Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a populous, Muslim-majority country in South Asia. It was brought into being as part of the partition of British India in 1947. Civil war erupted in 1971, with the eastern part of the country seceding to become the independent state of Bangladesh.

Progress in Pakistan has been hindered by continuing political unrest, violence and economic stagnation, and relations with its neighbors India and Afghanistan are often troubled.

Currently, Pakistan is home to an estimated 500,000 children who are internally displaced due to conflict and natural disaster – and it hosts another 1 million refugees from Afghanistan.

Children make up over 48% of Pakistan’s population, but benefit from very little public investment, resulting in grave violations of their rights.

Challenges for Children in Pakistan

Every child deserves to grow up healthy, educated and safe. Amidst conflict, poverty and high rates of child mortality, malnutrition and illiteracy, Pakistani children need your help to realize the rights and achieve their potential. Tragically, Pakistan is among the top 10 countries with the highest preterm birth rate.

  • 1 child in 14 dies before their 5th birthday, 10 times the U.S. rate
  • 38% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 35% of children are out of school, and 53% of girls (age 15+) struggle to read and write
  • 14% of girls (ages 15-19) are married, and 1 in 26 gives birth
  • 6 in every 100,000 children is murdered
  • 30% of people live in poverty
Map of Pakistan

Our Results for Children in Pakistan

Pakistan has made significant progress in reducing child labor and marriage in recent years, thanks to supporters like you. Together, we reached over 19,000 children in Pakistan last year.

Mother Sobia smiles while sitting with her children Fatima, age 9 months, and Abdullah, age 3, inside their home in Pakistan.

Because of your support, mothers like Sobia – here with her children, Fatima, age 9 months, and Abdullah, age 3 – can get the care they need to ensure their children’s survival, health, education and protection – so they can have the future they deserve.

  • 1,000 children healthy and nourished
  • 2,000 children educated and empowered
  • 9,000 children protected from harm
  • 86,000 children lifted from poverty

Our Work for Children in Pakistan

Thanks to you, Save the Children first began working in Pakistan through our response program for Afghan refugees in 1979. Today, we are a leading charity for children in Pakistan, providing child rights, development and humanitarian response programs. Our priorities include child health and nutrition, education, protection, and disaster response and preparedness, in addition to gender equality. We work in partnership with government, civil society and local organizations. We advocate for children’s rights.

Here are some recent examples of our work:

A healthy start in life

  • We’re building evidence on using a lung ultrasound innovation to identify pneumonia in low-resource settings, with the potential to revolutionize pneumonia diagnosis and save lives
  • We’re working closely with government health systems and partners to provide support to public health facilities to improve family planning and care
  • We conducted a study to understand the key barriers and enablers to a mother’s ability to practice Kangaroo Mother Care, as well as the feasibility of implementing and improving these practices
  • Through our Resourcing Families for Better Nutrition approach, we’re significantly improving the health of mothers and babies through cash transfers, resulting in a 6% reduction in wasting due to malnutrition

The opportunity to learn

  • Through our Literacy Boost approach, we’ve proven a 30% improvement in reading with comprehension among Pakistan’s most vulnerable children, including girls and children from poor households
  • And through Numeracy Boost, we’ve proven a 25% improvement in core math skills, with the greatest impact for children from the lowest socioeconomic group

Emergency response

  • In collaboration with the National Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Network, we trained service providers and health facility managers to implement reproductive health services as part of a new humanitarian health response
  • We were there for the people of Pakistan during the unrelenting monsoon floods in 2010, when nearly one-fifth of the country was submerged, providing immediate, lifesaving relief – and staying to help children and families with long-term recovery, rebuilding and revitalization

How to Help Children in Pakistan

You can create change that lasts a lifetime for children in Pakistan – in so many ways.

Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children in Pakistan and around the world grow up healthy, educated and safe.

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Sources: Facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts, as well as our thought leadership publications, including our Global Childhood Report 2020 and Stop the War on Children 2020 report. Other sources include CIA World Factbook and BBC Country Profiles.

Photos: Daulat Baig / Save the Children / 2012.


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