WaterAid Pakistan Unveils Country Programme Strategy 2023-2028
WaterAid Pakistan unveiled its visionary Country Programme Strategy for the period 2023–2028 on November 30, 2023 in Karachi.
This strategy is designed to expedite Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) progress in the country, placing a strong emphasis on enhancing the resilience of water, sanitation, and hygiene services in the face of climate change. Moreover, the strategy aims to prioritize WASH integration within the health sector to significantly bolster public health outcomes.
The launch brought together a diverse array of stakeholders, including representatives from academia, community-based organizations, media, government, and more. Chief Guest, Mr. Shah Zaman Khuhro, Secretary of the Public Health and Engineering Department, Government of Sindh, highlighted the importance of addressing societal issues, emphasizing the need for comprehensive strategies and political will to improve public services. He urged equal development opportunities for all regions, emphasizing the need for efficient policy implementation.
Other distinguished guests included: Dr. Abdul Qadeer Kakar, Additional Secretary Development PHED, Balochistan, Dr. Kamran Soomro from Pakistan Agricultural Resource Center, Mr. Sikandar Ali Zardari from the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB), Mr. Farooque Ahmed Siddiqui, Senior Chief, Physical Planning, Planning & Housing, Planning Development, Government of Sindh, Ms. Anum Pasha, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications and Sustainability, PepsiCo Pakistan, Dr. Lubna Naz, IBA, Dr. Ghulam Murtaza, Regional Officer, Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), Mr. Iqbal Haider, Executive Director, Laar Humanitarian Development Programme (LHDP).
Muhammad Fazal, Head of Programme Strategy and Policy, Water Aid Pakistan, extended gratitude to the distinguished guests, senior officials, governments of Sindh and Baluchistan, academia, support organizations, and civil society for their participation and thought-provoking insights. He acknowledged the importance of their contributions towards fostering dialogue and finding sustainable solutions to water, sanitation, and hygiene challenges in Pakistan.
The event concluded with a shared commitment among participants to continue collaborative efforts and support WaterAid Pakistan’s initiatives aimed at enhancing the lives of communities through improved access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene.