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  • This AKAH water installation ensures local households have access to clean and safe water. Before, people drank from irrigation channels, which caused health problems such as diarrhoea, skin infections, eye infections and hepatitis. The community paid for 30 percent of the project and now pays a monthly fee for its upkeep.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • AKAH has decades of experience in ensuring adequate and safe access to basic services, particularly water, sanitation and hygiene services that meet the World Health Organization standards – to remote areas with weak public service infrastructure and a high incidence of poverty.
    AKDN / Kamran Beyg
  • AKAH’s technical experts conduct hazard vulnerability and risk assessments using satellite data and geographic information system technologies together with participatory on-site assessments to help communities understand, map and plan for the risks they face.
    AKAH
  • Mother and daughter using the energy-efficient stove in Thatta, Sindh.
    AKDN
  • Glacier assessment is amongst the activities undertaken by AKDN to design solutions to reduce the impact of natural hazards on vulnerable communities.
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Habitat

AKDN's activities in this area are coordinated by two programmes which form part of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH).  The Aga Khan Planning and Building Services works to address built environment issues in marginalised regions of the country while Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan conducts research and design solutions to reduce the impact of natural hazards on vulnerable communities. 

These activities include the training of Emergency Management teams, which aim to build resilience against disaster events while building 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.