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AKAH jointly with AKU-ISMC and KIU working to scale up and transfer rural water systems to urban settings

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) jointly with Aga Khan University- Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) and Karakoram International University (KIU) are conducting research on Scaling Up and Transferring community-managed Rural Water Systems to Urban Settings

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On World Water Day, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) Pakistan shared an important new research project led by AKU-ISMC’s Dr. Jeff Tan with Professor Steve Lyon in partnership with Karakoram International University and the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat.

Generously funded by the British Academy’s “Urban Infrastructures of Well-Being” programme, the £280,000 research grant is for a project titled “Scaling Up and Transferring community-managed Rural Water Systems to Urban Settings”, Many of the problems around access to clean water in the global south are because of poor maintenance and the deterioration of water infrastructure.

The research looks at an existing Aga Khan Agency for Habitat’s Water and Sanitation Extension Programme (WASEP) in Gilgit- Baltistan which uses community-managed maintenance to the water infrastructure to help solve this problem.

The research will examine two projects and assess whether the model could be upscaled to be used in other urban settings. Gilgit-Baltistan is geographically isolated and suffers high levels of poverty.

There are currently 400 community-managed water projects in the scheme which cover over 100,000 households. By working collaboratively and bringing together researchers in economics, anthropology and engineering as well as development practitioners and other experts the project aims to identify how social, economic, cultural and technical factors all affect how community-managed water systems work.

Dr. Tan commented: ‘This is an exciting research project that not only seeks to address the pressing issue of access to water as part of the SDGs, but also brings together researchers and development practitioners from across AKU and AKDN, with capacity building and fieldwork opportunities for university students and graduates from Gilgit-Baltistan.”

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Paramedic from Gilgit-Baltistan passes away in the fight against COVID-19

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Malik Ashdar Paramedic Nagar Gilgit-Baltistan - COVID-19 Coronavirus deaths

Coronavirus takes the life of another on-duty health worker from Gilgit-Baltistan. Malik Ashtar, a 55-year-old radiology lab worker from Nagar district, had contracted COVID-19 locally while working with affected patients.

He was transferred to a quarantine center set up by the district administration after he showed symptoms. Around a hundred other Coronavirus patients who have recent travel history, mostly to Iran, have been kept in this quarantine center in Minapin, Nagar.

Hundreds of Zaireen who have recently come back from Iran have been kept in various quarantine centers in Gilgit-Baltistan. The most affected districts remain Nagar, Gilgit and Skardu.

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File photo of Malik Ashtar, the deceased paramedic from Nagar district of Gilgit-Baltistan.

The affected paramedic Malik Ashtar passed away four days after being shifted to this quarantine center in Nagar, Gilgit-Baltistan’s most hard-hit district.

His burial took place in Nagar under tight security and only concerned personnel were allowed to perform the final rituals.

Malik Ashdar Paramedic Nagar Gilgit-Baltistan - COVID-19 Coronavirus deaths
Deceased paramedic Malik Ashtar was buried in his hometown in Nagar, Gilgit-Baltistan.

Locally transmitted cases are surfacing more frequently as the government tries to contain the pandemic of coronavirus. The doctors and paramedics working with Coronavirus patients across Gilgit-Baltistan face a shortage of proper safety kits.

Earlier, Dr. Usama Riaz, a young doctor from Gilgit-Baltistan, passed away after contracting the coronavirus disease locally. He was also working with Zaireen in Jaglot, Gilgit, passed away in an ICU at DHQ Hospital Gilgit.

Coronavirus cases in Pakistan have crossed the 1500 mark with 28 recovered patients and 16 deaths. Thousands of suspected people with recent travel history or those who have been exposed to patients await testing.

World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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7 Photo-stories on World Water Day 2020 from Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral (GBC)

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AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
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World Water Day is celebrated every year on 22nd March as an observance day to highlight the importance of freshwater. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

As part of the World Water Day 2020 celebrations, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) shares these stories of people from Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral whose lives have been deeply impacted by water and sanitation-related projects in the region.

AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
Over half of the people across Pakistan lack access to safe and clean water and have no choice but to consume water from whatever source exists in their villages, regardless of quality. Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, aiming to improve quality of life, is implementing water supply schemes across mountain communities in Pakistan.
AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
In mountainous parts of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral, traditional wells are used as water reservoirs collecting the water coming from streams through canals. This water, coming directly from open sources, is unsafe as it is contaminated due to its exposure to both humans and animals. Without access to another source of water, people use this unsafe water for different purposes including drinking, cooking, and other domestic purposes.
AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
Clean drinking water has always been a huge problem for communities living in mountainous areas of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. Women and children are impacted the most as they must travel long distances to fetch water for cooking, washing, and laundry. AKAH’s work to connect each household to safe and clean with a water tap in their home enables women to keep their children safe from waterborne diseases, spend more quality time with their families, and also reduces time and labor lost to fetching water.
AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), with the help of communities, identifies water sources in the village, tests the water quality using its technical expertise, develops water infrastructure, constructs water reservoirs, and provides each family with a water tap in their home. More than 500,000 people across Pakistan now have access to safe drinking water in their homes, through AKAH’s efforts.
AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
Aga Khan Agency for Habitat’s WASEP model uses a community-based approach to help mountain communities get year-round all-season access to safe water. AKAH’s approach uses deep digging and other techniques to ensure that water does not freeze in the pipes despite the fact that these villages are covered in snow for more than five months of the year.
AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
“I enjoy taking freshwater from this tap in my home; you would say I am in love with it that’s why I stand here many times a day”.
AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, with its mandate to improve quality of life, is helping women and young girls across Pakistan enjoy a healthy life, by providing access to safe water in their homes, reducing their exposure to water-borne diseases, allowing them to spend more quality time with families.
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