Millions across Pakistan struggle to access safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Unfortunately, inadequate access to WASH is associated with increased rates of disease transmission, including Cholera, Dysentery, Typhoid, Polio, and Hepatitis A. In children, diarrheal diseases resulting from the consumption of contaminated drinking water further exacerbate malnutrition and also contribute to increased rates of infant mortality. Despite being essential for both good health and productivity, more than 35 percent of source water and 60 percent of household drinking water within the Punjab province of Pakistan is contaminated with E. coli and other dangerous pollutants.
In 2020, Muslim Aid USA made efforts to increase access to safe drinking water within the Jhang District of Pakistan. Through the installation of 10 hand pumps, approximately 1,050 direct and 1,000 indirect beneficiaries in the region will be provided with long-term access to safe water for drinking and hygiene.