The Water and Sanitation Extension Programme (Wasep) of Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan (AKPBS-P) has bagged an international award for its initiatives to improve living conditions of rural populace in more than 200 villages in Pakistan.
Wasep was able to outshine over 800 entries from 111 countries to win the National Energy Globe Award. Wasep was also short-listed as one of the top three projects in the prestigious Water Category Award.
Wasep is a rural-based initiative that integrates supply of safe water, construction of low-cost sanitation facilities and health & hygiene education in many marginalized parts of Gilgit-Baltistan. The integration of these components has been able to significantly improve health indicators of the beneficiary villages.
In regions where more than half of all deaths are caused by waterborne diseases, Wasep has been able to reduce by more than 60 per cent the incidence of diarrhoea, which is the number one killer of children in the developing world.