An estimated 20.6 million people out of a total population of more than 231 million will continue to need humanitarian assistance in 2023, largely driven by a lack of access to clean water and health services, and increased food insecurity and high malnutrition rates.
Pakistan has also been named particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 due to its weak health infrastructure, financial instability, large population, and a lack of adherence to preventative measures. Moreover, families in rural areas suffer economic losses due to restrictions on movement and employment because of the pandemic. Pakistan’s current government system and current healthcare facilities have already been overwhelmed and are not enough to respond to this crisis by themselves, particularly if cases continue to rise.
— Raheel, 12 years old, from Degenareyo, Pakistan