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How interactive theatre sessions can help save lives

Ensuring access to safe-drinking water and adequate sanitation facilities as well as encouraging personal, domestic and community hygiene can improve the quality of life for millions of people. According to the WHO more than 1 billion people globally lack access to clean and safe drinking water causing the death of more than 1.6 million people each year due to diarrheal diseases; 90% of these are children under 5 in the developing world.

In Pakistan, more than 35% of its population of 188 million lack access to clean and safe drinking water while in rural areas this figure is estimated to be more than 90%; 200,000 children die each year due to diarrheal diseases attributable to lack of access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Recurrent monsoon floods in Sindh Province aggravate this problem by destroying already scare water sources and depleting people’s coping mechanisms. An assessment conducted by multiple agencies in the aftermath of the 2012 floods in Sindh showed that 80% of standing crops were destroyed, 88% of homes damaged and a majority of water sources were either destroyed or partially damaged. Standing flood water caused an additional risk as breeding ground for mosquitoes bearing a serious health risk for communities.

The recurrent disasters left more than 4 million people across Pakistan in need of assistance. ACTED, as part of the Alliance2015, provided assistance to more than 160,000 people with the support of the European Commission Humanitarian Aid department.

Click here to find out more on ACTED's assistance in Pakistan.