Pakistan - Six months after the floods: Water and sanitation

The teams also helped chlorinate water in health facilities to ensure that sick people were not given the same contaminated water that had made them ill in the first place. They also constructed latrines, showers and hand-washing points so that people had adequate sanitation facilities. The water and sanitation teams are continuing to repair damaged hand pumps and to install new hand pumps to make sure that people returning to their homes have a good supply of clean water.

By January 2011, the teams had provided 2.1 million litres of safe water a day, installed 271 hand pumps, and ensured that each flood-affected person had at least 10 litres of water per day. They also installed 709 latrines, 280 showers and 130 hand-washing points for individuals and families living in camps and temporary shelters.

Since 1988, MSF has been providing medical assistance to Pakistani nationals and Afghan refugees suffering from the effects of armed conflicts, poor access to health care, and natural disasters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Punjab, and Sindh provinces, as well as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Kashmir. MSF does not accept funding from any government for its work in Pakistan and chooses to rely solely on private donations.