Shortage of funds is forcing humanitarian groups to close their lifesaving programs for millions of internally displaced people in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province, aid agencies said, according to Dawn.
More than a million people in the province are still displaced and aid-dependent, but funds to support these people are slowly drying up, the agencies added. International donors have pledged less than one-third of the funds required to support the IDPs for the first quarter of 2010.
“For the people benefiting from these programmes, this means less access to basic services such as water, sanitation and healthcare,” the Pakistan Humanitarian Forum says in a report.
The forum was established in 2003 to support 35 international non-governmental organizations engaged in relief work in Pakistan.