Maternal & Newborn Health in Pakistan

Maternal & Newborn Health in Pakistan

In the impoverished district of Tharparkar, basic health care for mothers and newborns is non-existent. Women and children are dying from health issues that are otherwise preventable. IDRF is training midwife practitioners to be dispatched to vulnerable areas in the region.

The Situation

In impoverished and drought affected Tharparkar, basic healthcare is almost non-existent. Every year, thousands of women and children die from preventable health issues. According to the Pakistan Demographic Health Survey (2019):

  • 37% of live births in rural Sindh were delivered without a skilled health care provider.

  • 42% of women residing in Sindh were unable to deliver within an established health care facility.

  • 40% of women were unable to have a postnatal check within 2 days after birth.

  • 42% of women residing in Sindh were unable to deliver within an established health care facility.

  • Nearly 20% of women reported having no antenatal care.

List of persistent challenges in the region include:Inadequate health care infrastructure

  • Limited human resources

  • Insufficient essential medicines and medical supplies.

The 2012-2020 Sindh Health Sector Strategy report identified Tharparkar as one of the least developed districts in Pakistan for socio-economic and health indicators.

    How you can help

    IDRF is providing quality cancer treatment to children under 18, free of cost.

    • Types of cancer specifically targeted: Leukemia and Lymphoma
    • Child patients are referred from different provinces in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

      $2,000

      Support a participant

      Support one student with their education

      The Impact

      midwife practitioners undergoing training in Tharparkar district in Pakistan

      Upon graduation, these practitioners will be assigned to specific regions within Tharparkar where over 70,000 adolescent girls and women will receive MNC healthcare services.