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U.S. And Pakistan Sign MOU To Support Clean Drinking Water

Anne Aarnes and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Special Initiatives, Shafqat Hussain Naghmi shake hands.

USAID Pakistan Mission Director Anne Aarnes and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Special Initiatives, Shafqat Hussain Naghmi shake hands after signing a Memorandum of Understanding to support the Pakistani Government’s Clean Drinking Water Project.

January 27, 2009

Islamabad - The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Pakistan's (GOP) Ministry of Special Initiatives, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the Pakistani Government's Clean Drinking Water Project.

"Lack of clean water and sanitation has devastating impacts on the health and wellbeing of people, particularly small children.  Illnesses caused by unclean water and poor sanitation account for an astounding 60 percent of child deaths in Pakistan, and approximately 630 Pakistani children die each day from diarrhea.  This is one of the world's highest rates, and our two governments are committed to solving this problem," said USAID/Pakistan Mission Director Anne Aarnes.

Under the MOU, the USAID and GOP will continue to expand access to clean water.  USAID's three-year $17.9 million Safe Drinking Water and Hygiene Promotion Project  supports the Government of Pakistan's Clean Drinking Water for All initiative which aims to install over 6,000 water filtration plants, to ensure access to clean drinking water in every union-council.  USAID anticipates that over 31 million Pakistanis are benefiting from its project which is being implemented in 40 Districts across all provinces, eight earthquake-affected areas of NWFP, as well as Azad Jammu and Kashmir.  The project works with communities that have access to government-provided water filtration plants to ensure that the plants are properly maintained and sustainable. Since 2002, the U.S. Government has provided more than $3.4 billion to Pakistan to stimulate economic growth, improve education, health and governance and to assist with earthquake reconstruction.