UN-HABITAT Pakistan and Peepoople agree on continued collaboration for humanitarian responseMarch 9, 2012
Following a successful trial on the use of the Peepoo sanitation solution with flood-affected communities in Sindh in Pakistan during November 2011, UN-HABITAT Pakistan and Peepoople have agreed to continue their collaboration. This will include working towards implementation of the Peepoople Humanitarian Response Model in order to serve a minimum of 10,000 families, about 70,000 individual beneficiaries, with sanitation during 2012-2013.
Frequent floods that occur in the Sindh province in southeast Pakistan cause tremendous damage and human suffering. In the 2011 floods, an estimated 434 civilians were killed, with 5.3 million people and more than 1.5 million homes affected. The 2011 flooding followed the 2010 historic Pakistan floods which devastated the entire country, affecting 20 million people.
In disasters, UN-HABITAT Pakistan (www.unhabitat.org.pk) works towards saving lives and mitigating suffering by providing affected people with shelter, community infrastructure, protection, as well as Hygiene, Sanitation and Water (“HySter”) related humanitarian assistance.
In the 2011 flood, Peepoople conducted a Peepoo Try project together with UN-HABITAT Pakistan in two affected villages in the Sindh province. The overall conclusions were very positive and Peepoo was found to be an attractive, viable and cost-effective sanitation solution for emergency response in Pakistan.
Mr. Kamran Naeem, Manager of the Basic Services Unit in UN-HABITAT Pakistan, who was responsible for the Peepoo Try project in the Sindh province, concluded that not only could “Peepoo save tremendous amount of humanitarian assistance which is wasted in the construction of emergency latrines”, for the affected individual “Peepoo offers more privacy options and greater freedom of choice than a latrine”.
UN-HABITAT Pakistan and Peepoople are now working together on a large-scale emergency response project and joining forces to secure the necessary funding to provide thousands of families with hygienic sanitation through the UN-HABITAT Pakistan’s HySter Programme. UN-HABITAT Pakistan’s HySter Approach uses humanitarian intervention as an opportunity to lay the foundation for ‘Reaching All with basic Sanitation’ under the slogan of ‘HySter for change to save lives’.
For more information, please contact:
Karin Ruiz, CEO, Peepoople: email@example.com, +46 70 645 78 04.
Mr. Kamran Naeem, Manager Basic Services Unit, UN-HABITAT Pakistan: firstname.lastname@example.org, +92-333-588 88 37.