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  • In Singal, Pakistan, a village that had been destroyed by flash floods in the past, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) is helping villagers construct protective walls on either side of the river in order to reinforce the riverbank and protect their land, homes and assets.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton Steer
  • Exterior view of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Centre in Gilgit, Pakistan. The Centre was built in nine days using modular prefabricated materials.
    AKAH
  • Immediately after the disaster in July 2018, AKAH Pakistan's trained Disaster Assessment Response Team assessed the damages caused by the disaster and prioritised the immediate needs of the affected population.
    AKAH
  • If the river in the village of Gharbochung, Pakistan rises by a certain percentage due to an imminent flash flood, an alarm is set off in the village, warning villagers to evacuate (the solar-powered system can be seen on the left).
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • Participants who received training on disaster risk reduction are demonstrating emergency rescue activity in Chitral, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
    AKDN / Danial Shah
Humanitarian assistance

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) – formerly Focus Humanitarian Assistance - 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.