A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT
Pakistan is at the 17th position in the list of the countries, which are facing water crisis. In Pakistan, most poverty distracted communities have limited access to clean drinking water, resulting in various water-borne illnesses. Water and sanitation related diseases are responsible for 60% of the total number of child mortality cases in Pakistan, with diarrheal diseases estimated at killing over 200,000 under-five years’ children, every year. Around 62% of urban population and 84 per cent of rural population don’t have access to safe water. Waterborne diseases spread by drinking contaminated water. The usage of unsafe water results in fatal diseases, like typhoid, diarrhea, intestinal worms and hepatitis. According to a research study, Up to 350,000 children die of diarrhea every year before reaching their 5th birthday in five countries, Pakistan being one of them. The combination of unsafe water consumption and poor hygiene practices causes hardship due to resultant high costing treatments for water borne illnesses and decreased working days. For the last decade, Naveed Khan Foundation (NKF) has been striving for improving sanitation, pure water supplies and health and hygiene measures through different projects.