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Access to Clean Drinking Water
By: SDPI

Partner: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Korea.
Year: 2008-09

Locale: Islamabad and Hyderabad

SDPI conducted a three month pilot project in the urban slums of Islamabad and Hyderabad for providing access of clean drinking water to the slum residents.

On conducting the survey of the slums, it was established that most of the diseases in the area are water borne. The health and hygiene conditions in the slums are deplorable. There are several reasons contributing to health problems of the population. Water borne and other diseases are rampant. Stomach worms and dysentery both due to contaminated drinking water are common. Since the water is murky and dirty scabies and other skin ailments are present. SDPI in collaboration with Association for human Development (AHD) planed to distil the water in the designated slums of Islamabad and Hyderabad.

The selected sites in Islamabad were Alipur Farash Phase 1 and Phase 2. About half an hour drive from the city center, the communities are inhabited mostly by the labour class. Behbud and Khidmaat Foundations are active in the area and facilitated SDPI in community contacts and gave information on basic health problems faced by the people. The doctors and the social worker of these two organizations were very helpful in making the project happen. All the stakeholders, the community leaders, doctors working in the areas other NGOs and the city government were taken on board.