The rough weather conditions of Swat have made life very hard, more so, after the floods. The people have grown accustomed to walking many miles merely to fill up on the supply of clean drinking water. In areas that have been more severely affected, the absence of clean water has led to problems of sanitation, resulting in more diseases. In order to combat this, UAE PAP has built 64 water treatment and purification plants throughout Khyber Pukhtun Khwa to bring safe drinking water to the very doorstep. Whereas they had to travel to different locations to collect their water, the people of Swat now avail that luxury from the comfort of their own homes.
Number of Projects: 8
Imagine you fall ill but with no access to a doctor! But even before the seasonal floods struck Pakistan in 2010 not all inhabitants had access to proper health services. Women and children were the most deprived of comprehensive medical care, citing high mortality rate due to lack of medical supervision in maternity cases, lack of serums and medicine and malnutrition.
Floods were the final stroke to remaining medical services, and delay in delivering first aid supplies led caused many avoidable deaths. Pain and sorrow were rampant due to lack of medical supplies and SOS teams. Patients had to walk several miles to reach medical clinics, with many –especially women, children and the elderly, unable to travel or afford medical treatment because of the deteriorating economic conditions.
UAE PAP-sponsored health projects figured prominently and were top priority in UAE PAP humanitarian plans/efforts as the UAE political leadership, represented by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces (May God protect him), firmly believed that need was dire to support Pakistan health sector in order to exercise its role in extending medical service and improve public health especially in distant areas where lack of basic and vital services was severe.
UAE PAP management sponsored a number of health programs/projects that would boost Pakistan Health Ministry efforts and capabilities to upgrade medical service in the forthcoming stage. Sponsorship provided for the setting up of, equipping and maintaining 8 hospitals/clinics in Islam Abad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Southern Waziristan and Bajaur with a total cost of $125.887.000. These projects were carried out as per modern international standards, architecturally and technically, to provide high class medical care, and render hospitals able to extend medical treatment to beneficiaries competently and excellently. Clinics were fully supplied with equipment necessary to run medical examinations, offer modern diagnosis, and extend high quality, integrated service to the locals.
Special attention was given to extending health care to women and children as a cornerstone of family health. Two model hospitals were approved to offer treatment to women, children and emergency cases Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Hospital which was set up in Saidu Sheriff, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Sheikha Fatema bin Mubarak Hospital which is being built in Southern Waziristan.
Safe Drinking Water
Number of Projects: 76
Swat Valley was not spared by the heavy rain and floods which hit north-western Pakistan in 2010. Reinforced concrete bridges, roads and buildings were swept by torrential rain, and the situation was worsened by fears of diseases resultant from stale water, and infrastructure badly devastated by floods. Also hit were the power network, leaving water purification plants dead and inhabitants unable to get purified potable water. Making potable water available was crucial for the majority of inhabitants who travelled several miles to secure their needs.
Floods triggered sewage problems which spread serious diseases, thus making disease combat a top priority with cases of diarrhea, hepatitis and cholera rising steadily.
UAE PAP Water Supply Projects Score Sheet
Within the framework of efforts intended to make available purified potable water and protect inhabitants against diseases and epidemics, UAE PAP implemented 76 projects, including 44 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 20 in Southern Waziristan, 10 in Mehmand Agency and 2 in Sothern Waziristan with a total cost of $6.673.000.
Stage I provided for the execution of 64 projects, including 44 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 20 in Southern Waziristan with a total cost of $5.774.000. Twelve projects were carried out in Stage II, including 10 in Mehmand Agency and 2 in Southern Waziristan with a total cost of $1.200.000.
These projects covered digging wells, building water desalination plants, tanks and pumps and extending potable water pipe networks to several thousands of beneficiaries.
The floods caused several sewage problems and spread many dangerous diseases, and the combat of diseases became a top priority, as cases of diahrea, hepatitis and cholera increased, with the dangerous possibility of reaching an epidemic level.
UAE PAP Water Supply Projects – Score Sheet
As part of the efforts made to make available potable water to the inhabitants and prevent diseases and epidemics, the UAE PAP adopted 76 projects, including 44 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 20 in Southern Waziristan, 10 in Mohmand Agency and 2 in Northern Waziristan with a total cost of $6.673.000.
Phase I provided for the execution of 64 projects, including 44 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 20 in Southern Waziristan, with a cost of $5.774.000.
Phase II provided for the execution of 12 projects, including 10 in in Mohmand Agency and and 2 in Northern Waziristan with a total cost of $1.200.000.
These projects include digging of wells, installation of water desalination/purification plants, erecting tanks and pumps and extension of potable water pipes to the inhabitants who are now able to enjoy this invaluable service. Beneficiaries amount to several thousands.