|Community of Practitioners on Accountability and Social Action in Health||
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), home to over 22.5 million Pakistanis (approximately 300,000 households) and an estimated 1.5 million Afghan refugees, is characterized by insecurity due to terrorist attacks and militant incursions from Afghanistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. These security threats and incidents undermine both good governance and citizen trust in the government’s capacity to deliver social services. In 2012, Pakistan ranked 139 out of 174 countries on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (with a score of 27). While efforts are being made by the Government of Pakistan to curb this trend, corruption remains endemic across the country and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.Poor achievements in health, education and drinking water provision make it improbable that KP will reach its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets in these sectors. KP is also susceptible to natural disasters, including an earthquake in 2005 and major flooding in 2010, leading to the destruction of social sector infrastructure, large numbers of internally displaced persons and colossal human suffering. Major disparities between rural and urban areas,combined with acute gender inequalities, compound the disadvantages suffered by its residents.
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Gulbaz Ali Khan