Pakistan and Water: New Pressures on Global Security and Human Health

Document Type



Community Health Sciences


The Indus River is the major source of water for the more than 180 million people of Pakistan. A rapidly increasing population over the past 60 years has created new pressures on water that was once a plentiful resource for the health and development of the country.Rising tensions between India and Pakistan, which share the Indus flow, may lead to violent confrontation in an already volatile part of the globe. The recent flooding, which affected more than 20 million people, drew attention to poor management of the rivers of Pakistan.Public health has the scientific knowledge and professional capacity to help develop water management practices that could improve population health in Pakistan.

Publication (Name of Journal)

American Journal of Public Health