Natural disasters and conflicts claim millions of lives each year. Survivors are often forced out of their homes, resettling elsewhere within the country or fleeing across borders to begin life as a refugee. Islamic Relief’s emergency teams are ready to respond to humanitarian disasters in the shortest possible time. Our priority is to provide as many people as possible with the basic necessities of food, water, shelter and medical treatment. After the emergency phase, IR assesses possibilities of rehabilitation and long-term development. Our emergency preparedness programmes help communities to survive conflicts and natural disasters. In Pakistan we have responded to all major disasters with an integrated approach and needs of disaster affected populations are addressed by timely and appropriate humanitarian response.