Numerous natural and man-made disasters have hampered Pakistan’s efforts to improve residents’ economic situations and quality of life. Pakistan’s poverty rate has dropped significantly over more than a decade, from 34.5% of the population living below the national poverty line in 2001/2002 to 12.4% in 2010/2011.
Other indicators of quality of life, however—such as unemployment and malnutrition—are improving much more slowly. Drought, earthquake, devastating floods and conflicts have all strained the economy and many families’ livelihood in recent years.
Islamic Relief has been providing services in Pakistan since 1992. Islamic Relief Pakistan opened its office in Islamabad in 1994. The featured video is from the IRUSA archives, taken in 2010 during an emergency flood response.