Supporting Internally Displaced People

Save the Children is working to protect and help children and their families who've had to flee their homes.

In Pakistan a slow humanitarian crisis is unfolding with ongoing conflict resulting in more than one million Internally Displaced People. Save the Children is working to protect and help children and their families who've had to flee their homes.

Internally displaced people (IDPs) are just like refugees – they've fled their homes to avoid conflict and violence. The only difference is they've not crossed an international border.

We're working in Peshawar in Pakistan to meet the urgent needs of internally displaced children and their families, including providing healthcare, shelter and food. We're also helping women and men with small businesses recover and earn an income.

Why supporting IDPs in Pakistan is important

In north-western Pakistan, clashes between militant groups and government forces have resulted in more than one million internally displaced people.

Most families have lost their traditional livelihoods and are selling their assets, skipping meals and sending children to work instead of school so they can survive. IDPs are living together in over-crowded and unhygienic situations.

Save the Children's Supporting Internally Displaced People program

We're providing urgent essentials, like food and shelter, to internally displaced children and their families. We're also helping parents recover their ability to earn an income so they can protect and sustain their families. Conditional financial assistance and vocational training is a key part of our program.

Mobile healthcare teams are providing medical care, as well as health and hygiene awareness to tackle the outbreak of disease and childhood malnutrition.

How we know we're making a difference

We've reached more than 30,000 IDPs who are living in Peshawar. We've provided financial support to 700 small business holders, and trained 100 people in business planning, marketing and management skills.

Two mobile health teams have provided healthcare and newborn support to 14,722 people – half of which are children.

We've also secured ID cards for IDPs living in the community. This makes a huge difference, allowing them to access many essential services and goods provided by the refugee camps.

Our program partners

Our key partner is the Pakistan Health Department. We also work with humanitarian partners including the United Nations.

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