Your donations are helping people in Pakistan recover from last year’s historic floods.
DEC charities and their local partners saved lives in the aftermath and are helping families build their resilience as they face future climate disasters.
How we helped after the floods
In the first six months of the response, DEC funds provided emergency food, temporary shelter, winter survival items and cash support to families who lost their homes and belongings.
DEC charities reached communities that were cut off from accessing medical facilities with urgent healthcare, while safe drinking water and hygiene kits helped keep people safe from the risk of disease.
To ensure the protection and wellbeing of children and women, DEC charities opened safe spaces providing education, information and couselling services.
Work also began on restoring people's livelihoods and reducing the impact of future climate disasters, with an emphasis on long-term recovery and resilience.
The mobile health clinic truck now featuring stories of flood survivors revisits parts of Sindh that were previously submerged, bringing moments of joy as well as healthcare to local communities. Photo: Khaula Jamil/DEC
Truck art stories
Trucks in Pakistan are elaborately decorated to celebrate local culture - people, places, events and stories.
Trucks are also vehicles of aid delivery - such as this one that served as a mobile health clinic funded by DEC charity CAFOD as part of the Pakistan Floods Appeal response last year.
The DEC worked with Pakistani truck artist Ali Salman Anchan to tell the stories of flood survivors supported by the appeal, recognising their courage and resilience.
From 10-year-old Ayra in Sindh, whose life was saved by a mobile health clinic, to farmer Maula Dinno who can grow crops again thanks to learning climate-smart techniques, this truck tells the stories of people your donations are reaching.
FOOD, SHELTER AND CASH HELPED FAMILIES SURVIVE
With 33 million people affected by the floods in Pakistan, DEC charities distributed emergency food packs containing wheat, rice, oil and other staples through local partners.
Families who lost their homes were given tents, tarpaulin and blankets, as well as household items, clothes and winter survival kits. Cash support was provided for vulnerable families to buy essentials like food, medicine and fuel.
Your donations helped thousands of families survive in the immediate aftermath of the disaster but many still live in temporary shelter and struggle to access food.
HEALTHCARE AND CLEAN WATER HELPED SAVE LIVES
The floods caused extensive damage to health facilities and water supplies, leaving people at serious risk.
DEC funds were used to set up mobile health units that reached communities cut off medical access, providing primary healthcare, maternity services, nutrition, and free medicines.
Your donations also helped DEC charities work with local partners to repair water points in rural locations, distribute hygiene items and raise awareness of safe practices.
EDUCATION AND PROTECTION SUPPORTED WELLBEING
To ensure the protection and wellbeing of children and women after the floods, DEC charities worked with local partners to open child-friendly spaces and safe spaces for women.
Temporary Learning Centres allowed children to continue their education in a safe learning environment and also provided opportunities for recreation and learning life skills. Women were supported with protection kits and access to information including protection against gender-based violence.
Your donations also funded individual and group mental health counselling sessions for more than 26,000 people.
LIVELIHOODS AND RESILIENCE HELPS BUILD BACK BETTER
The floods destroyed crops and farmland, leaving families who relied on small-scale agriculture without food or a source of income.
DEC charities and their local partners are providing nutritional support to those most vulnerable and helping farmers recover their livelihoods by providing seeds and fertiliser, livestock, cash-for-work and training in climate-smart agricultural techniques.
Over the two years of the DEC response, your donations will help build the resilience of rural populations in Pakistan to face future climate disasters like floods and drought.
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Humanitarian programmes in the first six months
- Water, sanitation, hygiene
- Multi-purpose cash
The latest on the appeal and the humanitarian situation in Pakistan.
How farmers in Pakistan are learning new methods to combat climate change
19 September 2023
Dr Muhammad Mazhar Alam is Senior Health and Nutrition Advisor at Concern Worldwide, Pakistan explains how DEC funds are being used to teach farmers in Pakistan climate friendly techniques.
Following the flooding last year, 33 million people were affected, and 4 million acres of agricultural land was lost along with over a million livestock in areas where many depend on the land for their income.
These techniques are designed to help protect farmers against future climate related disasters.
Preparing communities for future climate disasters in Pakistan
7 July 2023
Extreme flooding during the monsoon season in Pakistan last summer was made more likely by climate change, according to a major study.
As global temperatures continue to rise, weather patterns are becoming more unpredictable, increasing the risk of weather-related natural disasters.
Using disaster risk reduction measures such as these can help reduce their impact, DEC charities have been working with flood affected communities in Pakistan to help prepare them for future climate related disasters.
Mobile health clinics provide a lifeline to flood-hit communities
26 June 2023
The floods damaged many healthcare facilities across the country, and roads that people used to get to them.
To help people in remote areas access treatment, DEC charities have established mobile health clinics headed up by local medical professionals. Teams go out in vans stocked with essential medicines and equipment, targeting areas where people don’t have access to medical support, providing on-the-spot help.
The clinics play a significant role in bridging the gap between people who live in remote, rural areas and essential medical care.
The King meets with representatives from DEC charities
8 June 2023
His Majesty The King met with representatives from the charities of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) today (8 June 2023) to hear about the impact of UK donations to the Pakistan Floods Appeal which helped hundreds of people in the first six months of the response.
During the meeting with His Majesty The King at Buckingham Palace, DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed spoke about how DEC charities and their local partners had provided life-saving aid in the months following the floods and spoke of his visit to the affected areas late last year.
Putting women's needs at the heart of emergency response in Pakistan
8 March 2023
For International Women’s Day, DEC Chair of Trustees Sue Inglish reflects on the stories of women she met in Pakistan’s flooded villages.
Trustees Sue Inglish, Melanie Hind and DEC chief executive Sale Saeed travelled to Pakistan in December to visit DEC-funded projects in flood affected areas.
During the visit, the team saw how cash support is allowing women to meet their family’s needs, mobile are clinics providing access to healthcare and more.
The projects visited are run by DEC charities Concern Worldwide, Oxfam, and Islamic Relief.
Pakistan Floods Appeal raises £40 million including £5 million in UK Aid Match
12 December 2022
The DEC #PakistanFloodsAppeal has raised £40 million thanks to your donations, including £5 million in #UKAidMatch.— DEC (@decappeal) December 12, 2022
Water has still not receded in some areas and families are struggling to survive without food, shelter and healthcare.
Thank you for your ongoing support. pic.twitter.com/r69Ok5Y0nB
DEC charities meet His Majesty The King, as Pakistan Floods Appeal tops £38 million
29 November 2022
CEOs and experts from the 15 charities that make up the DEC today met with His Majesty The King to discuss the impact of funds given by the UK public to international humanitarian crises, and how the changing climate is affecting the world’s most vulnerable communities.
This was coupled with the news that the DEC's Pakistan Floods Appeal has now raised an astounding £38 million, thanks to the generosity of the British public with donations also from Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort and Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Wales.
The appeal also received £5 million in UK Aid Match from the UK Government.
Supporting mothers and babies affected by the Pakistan floods
29 November 2022
The extreme flooding that hit Pakistan left hundreds of thousands of women in need of maternity services. DEC charities are helping by providing food, shelter and mobile health clinics.
Read some of the ways DEC charities have been supporting pregnant women in the wake of extreme flooding.
Millions of women suffering worst health impacts amid unhygienic conditions
21 November 2022
Cop27 climate summit in Egypt focuses on gendered impacts and water, Pakistan’s flood survivors are still facing the worsening impact on their health, reports Stuti Mishra for The Independent.
Women and young girls who survived the August flooding are suffering from urinary tract infections (UTIs), reproductive issues and other health complications, activists from Water Aid Pakistan told the Cop27 summit.
Three months on from the flooding, stagnant water provides a breeding ground for water borne diseases, at time a where access to medical treatment is still very challenging.