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There are an estimated 2 million children in low income countries with severe or moderate physical disability. Many of these children have preventable or treatable conditions but due to a lack of facilities and trained staff and various barriers in society, they are unable to access the services they require.
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Pakistan is – in terms of population – the sixth largest country in the world and, as the second largest Islamic nation, it is playing an increasingly important role in the international community. Due to its geographical location, neighbouring India, China, Iran and Afghanistan, the country has a major impact on the stability of the entire region.
CBM has been active in Pakistan since 1968.

Disability in Pakistan

Student Nasir is sitting in a wheelchair in the classroom among his fellow students ©CHEF
As part of the on-going renovation of schools, ramps have been built and Nasir can now enter the classroom and attend lessons with his classmates
As in many countries, cultural norms in Pakistan can inhibit the integration of persons with disabilities into their communities. Additional barriers include the lack of reliable statistic data, inadequate funding and poor health care infrastructure, as well as workforce shortages.
In September 2008, Pakistan signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities . Pakistan is also a signatory to the Proclamation on the Full Participation and Equality of People with Disability in the Asian and Pacific Region and the Biwako Millenium Framework . Pakistan has adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the indicators established for tracking progress towards them, as set out in the Millennium Declaration of September 2000.

Urgent issues in Pakistan

family group carrying children and bunched up belongings through waist-high water ©Reuters / Adrees Latif, courtesy www.alertnet.org
A family wades through flood waters while evacuating Baseera, Pakistan
The country is prone to natural disasters. A massive earthquake in October 2005 claimed more than 70,000 lives in Pakistan and destroyed much of the infrastructure in the affected regions.
In the summer of 2010 heavy monsoon rains brought devastating flooding. More than 20 million people in Pakistan and one fifth of the country’s territory were directly affected.
The floods were a major disaster that will result in Pakistan being thrown back in terms of socio-economic development for years and possibly for decades.
Security is a growing concern that limits the freedom of movement and accessibility of places for CBM Partners and the Regional Office Team.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, 2.7 to 3 million people were displaced even before the flood according to the Government of Pakistan as a result of military conflicts. As of September 2009, 1.6 millions had returned to their places of origin and 1.1 million remained displaced. Ongoing military operations are triggering new displacements, especially in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Food and fuel insecurity, and the effects of the world financial crisis, are turning an already bad situation worse.

CBM flood relief efforts

Female doctor making case notes whild treating 2 mothers with their children ©CHEF
Basic health care services are provided at a mobile clinic in Charsadda district to flood victims
Since 1968 CBM has undertaken enormous efforts in emergency aid and long-term development programmes in Pakistan. Many of our programmes target people living with a disability, their families and their communities. CBM rebuilds lives and livelihoods together with local partners.
During the floods, CBM and our local partners provided food, water, medical care, equipment and shelter to thousands of survivors.
In the six months since then, CBM has been focussing on long-term rehabilitation of flood survivors. The following activities have been completed:
  • Drilling bore holes and constucting water pumps for drinking water wells in 6 villages
  • Distributing assistive devices for people with disabilities
  • Providing wheel barrows, buckets and tools for shelter reconstruction
  • Stocking farmers up with seeds, tools and fertiliser
  • Distributing livestock for livelihood initiatives
  • Providing medical services through mobile clinics and basic health units
Over the coming months CBM and local partners will focus on:
  • Accessible reconstruction/renovation of schools and health centres
  • Inclusive education for children with disabilities
  • Reconstruction of health centres with a focus on ‘disability units’
  • Increased livelihood support
  • The capacity building of experts in different disability fields

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