Only 29% of Pakistanis dwelling in rural areas have access to improves sanitation facilities, as compared to 72% in urban areas. Among the 36 districts of Punjab, Muzaffargarh is ranked 35th lowest district in terms of water & sanitation coverage. The purpose of the project is to provide access to sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services to people living in the districts of Southern Punjab in order to enable them to prevent WASH-related diseases.



In communities, water supply schemes are being rehabilitated. Hand pumps and water supply systems are being installed/ rehabilitated in selected schools to provide safe drinking water. Existing WASCOs are being revived and strengthened. A detailed estimated budget will be prepared. WASH committees will also be formed who are being support in site selection of hand pumps. Water quality testing are being conducted.  Water security plans are being established in communities of target Union Councils in consultation with WASH committees and other stakeholders.


In communities, sanitation are being triggered in communities through Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach. Demonstration latrines  are being installed in public places in the villages to provide low cost technological options to their communities. Sewerage treatment units (STUs)  are being constructed in selected villages as a reward for being declared ODF (Open Defecation Free). In schools, sanitation is triggered through School Led Total Sanitation (SLTS) method. Environment health clubs (EHCs) are being formed for proper maintenance and cleaning of WASH facilities in schools.


The hygiene promotion programs are focused on creating awareness among men, women, children, teachers, adolescent girls, SMCs and local communities about personal and environmental hygiene issues. The hygiene messages  are mainly around hand washing, latrine use, water quality, kitchen hygiene, and sensitizing adolescent girls about safe menstrual hygiene management.


Projects Implemented on WASH

Sr#Project TitleProject DurationPartnerTarget Area
1Open Defecation Free - JatoiJun 2014 - Mar 2018WaterAidDistrict Muzaffargarh
2Promoting safe Menstrual Hygiene Management practices among girls in 9 schoolsMay 2013 - Mar 2017WaterAidDistrict Muzaffargarh
3Provision of WASH Service to the people affected by flood 2013Nov 2013 - May 2014UN-OCHA/ERFDistrict Rajanpur
4Provision of WASH services to the flood affected peopleFeb 2013 - Jun 2013UN-OCHA/ERFDistrict Rajanpur
5Integrated Rural WASHJun 2012 - Dec 2016WaterAidDistrict Muzaffargarh
6Rehabilitation of Water & Sanitation FacilitiesJul 2011 - Mar 2012WaterAidDistrict Muzaffargarh
7School WASHApr 2011 - Mar 2012WaterAidDistrict Layyah
8Distribution & Training of PURNov 2010 - Jan 2011USAIDDistrict Rajanpur
9Flood ReliefOct 2010 - Nov 2010WaterAidDistrict Layyah
10Pakistan Safe Drinking Water - Hygiene PromotionSep 2007 - Nov 2010USAID/Abt Associates IncRajanPur, Multan, Okara, Gujrat, Lahore