CWS's longer-term programs in the Asia/Pacific region focus on disaster risk reduction; health; livelihoods; water and sanitation; peace and governance; and advocacy.
CWS works to build the capacity of the communities we assist and strives to involve local people each step of the way. Training, education and other capacity building activities cut across and support the majority of our programs.
CWS has worked in Pakistan since the 1950s, beginning with food aid and health programs for refugees coming from India after the 1947 partition. Our work has grown significantly, particularly in the last 10 years, with a renewed focus on capacity building, disaster management and social development.
CWS health programs, for example, involved primary health care assistance through both mobile and static health facilities. In Afghan refugee camps in Mansehra, Pakistan, where CWS supports 56,000 refugees, health efforts reduced infant and child mortality rates by ten-fold in the space of just one year because of the increase in community health worker activities.
CWS has been working in Cambodia since 1979, working to enhance the quality of life of rural poor communities through direct service provision and risk reduction programs that address economic and social development.
Our WASH Training Resource Centre, for example, works to develop local expertise in water and sanitation issues, enabling them to prepare training and educational materials while coordinating with government entities to implement effective projects.