Pakistan: Update on Humanitarian Assistance in Pakistan

Taken Question
Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 12, 2009

Question:  Provide an update on the amount of humanitarian aid that the United States has provided to Pakistan. What types of goods and services have been provided? How much aid is still to be provided? When can we expect to fulfill outstanding commitments?

Answer:  Since August 2008, the United States has provided nearly $165 million in assistance to conflict affected populations in Pakistan.

• United States assistance is helping provide adequate shelter, clean water, food, hygiene kits and other necessary emergency relief supplies and programs including livelihood recovery, education and water, sanitation, and hygiene for displaced Pakistanis.

• Because the needs of Pakistanis are diverse, the United States continues to provide assistance through creative programs such as voucher programs.

• In response to immediate humanitarian needs throughout Mardan District, USAID is providing $45 vouchers to approximately 20,000 households. This voucher program will allow families to purchase exactly what they need at local markets, putting money back into the local economy and providing much needed assistance to struggling families. This program will benefit more than 90,000 displaced Pakistanis residing in host communities and schools and will also benefit approximately 5,000 host families now struggling to provide not only for themselves but also for those displaced.

• As Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, the U.S. Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, announced while he was visiting Pakistan, the Administration is seeking an additional $200 million from Congress to provide assistance to Pakistanis displaced from their homes.

• Subject to the approval of Congress, this new funding would bring the total US Government assistance package for conflict-affected Pakistanis to more than $380 million since August 2008.

• This assistance is in addition to the more than $3.4 billion the United States has provided to Pakistan since 2002 to improve economic growth, education, health, and governance and to assist with earthquake reconstruction.

PRN: 2009/584