KARACHI-Pfizer Foundation, charity arm of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc, has announced that it is donating PKR 33 million towards flood relief efforts in Pakistan. The funds will be disbursed to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) supporting the relief efforts by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) across Pakistan.

“These are trying times for the people of Pakistan; first the COVID-19 crisis and now the floods, both have had a devastating impact on all of us. Pfizer stands firmly committed to support efforts towards bringing normalcy in the lives of people of Pakistan. We stand in solidarity with all those currently affected by these floods and will continue to do everything possible to provide assistance,” said S M Wajeeh, Country Manager Pfizer Pakistan. Already, WFP has reached more than 600,000 people with food assistance in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces and continues to scale-up its emergency response to reach 1.9m people affected by the floods.

“The people of Pakistan not only need immediate assistance but also longer-term support to restore their livelihoods shattered by the floods,” said Rathi Palakrishnan, Deputy Country Director, WFP Pakistan. “WFP stands with them – under the leadership of the Government – to help them get through this calamity and build their resilience against future shocks. The donation from the Pfizer Foundation could not come at a more critical time and helps us deliver food, help and hope.”