Pakistan has one of the highest rates of under-five mortality in South Asia. SRSP under the DFAT funded project “Women Economic Empowerment and market Development” (WEEMD) chose to address this issue using the community participatory approach. SRSP in three districts Charsadda, Nowshera and Peshawar has trained women activists as Nutrition Extension Workers (NEW) through conducting ToT (Training of Trainers) on Adolescent, Pregnant and Lactating Balanced Diet, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN). These extension workers are now working as nutrition focal persons in their respective villages and conducting awareness raising campaigns for the women and adolescent girls. So far, 3600 women attended these sessions.
October 8, 2005 a devastating earthquake severely hit AJK and Hazara division of KP province Pakistan with an estimated death toll of more than 74,000 people, rendered 3.5 million homeless and destroyed more than 5,300 schools. SRSP with the support of various international and national donors responded to the unprecedented destruction and had reached more than 1.5 million earthquake affected population in 6 districts. Major projects included 62,000 permanent homes, 13,500 tents distribution, approx. 5,000 permanent shelters, 60,857 corrugated sheets distribution, 416 basic infrastructure schemes, 98,972 families with food distribution, capacity building 120,445 persons, 17 medical camps with 5,593 patients, health & hygiene 4,500 persons and reconstruction of 40 schools