Helping Pakistani children grow and learn


Save the Children began working in Pakistan in 1974 to support Afghan refugee children and their families.

Our programs have expanded to include long-term health, child protection, child rights, livelihoods and education programs that give children in 70 districts the best chance at life. We also respond country-wide during humanitarian crises to help protect children and families, and assist in their recovery. 

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With a population of more than 180 million people, Pakistan is the sixth largest country in the world. The Pakistan Government has made progress in improving the lives of its people. However, a weak economy, poverty and gender equality still create major barriers to development.

Many of these challenges have been made worse by conflict in border countries and emergencies, including, earthquakes, droughts, landslides, and floods. The 2010 floods, which affected 18 million people, and monsoonal rains that affected 9.7 million people the following year, seriously impacted the most vulnerable – children, women and families already living in poverty.

Malnutrition, a lack of access to education and health facilities, and child labour are all issues facing the development of children. More than one third of women in Pakistan are also illiterate.

Improving healthcare for children 

One in 10 Pakistani children do not survive their fifth birthday, the majority dying from diarrhoea, pneumonia or vaccine-preventable diseases. In rural and poor areas such as Balochistan province, the maternal death rate is three times the national average. Our health programs improve the quality and access to maternal, newborn and child health services. We also improve behaviours and practices in communities so they can better look after themselves. 

Educating Pakistan’s children

With only 58 percent of boys and 48 percent of girls enrolled in primary school, our education programs improve educational outcomes and access for children in government schools. We work to  increase opportunities for learning and physical development, and by improving transitions into primary school. 

Working together to help children in Pakistan

As a global network, Save the Children International has an emergency response team on permanent standby, and emergency supplies stored in warehouses in disaster-prone areas. We responded to the immediate needs of vulnerable children and families during both the 2010 floods and the devastation caused by torrential rain in 2011.

Save the Children also works in partnership with the government and local organisations and communities to help improve the daily lives of children and those affected during emergencies.