Training, technique, dedication and teamwork. The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) implements a range of risk reduction programmes to build resilience in Northern Pakistan with a 40 member specialised search and rescue team. In 2016, AKAH mobilised to save lives and reduce suffering when heavy rain and snowfall interrupted Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. Families were provided tents, blankets and water purification sachets.
The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) has been working in Pakistan since 1998, with a vision to save lives, reduce suffering and create resilience in communities prone to man-made and natural disasters. Its humanitarian activities include the training of Emergency Management teams. These teams aim to build resilience against disaster events and build the capacity of community members in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM).
The project also conducts hazard and risk assessments and works to improve risk anticipation through the establishment of an Early Warning System (EWS). AKAH has trained tens of thousands of volunteers for disaster response and management across Central and South Asia, and many more in the other countries in which it works. For its work in Pakistan, it is the recipient of the Sitara-i-Eisaar award, which was conferred by the Government of Pakistan in recognition of its humanitarian assistance during the 2005 Kashmir Earthquake.