Cancer Treatment for Children in Pakistan

Cancer treatment for children in Pakistan

Cancer treatment for children in Pakistan

An estimated 8000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in Pakistan. Through Indus Hospital, IDRF is providing quality, free cancer treatment to children under 18.

The Situation

An estimated 8000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in Pakistan (Punjab Cancer Registry). Low cure rates of childhood cancer are due to late diagnosis and high rates of abandonment.

There have been a rising trend of referrals to our center; 1026 referrals in 2019 compared to 573 referrals in 2014. Challenges that have given rise to high death rates in child cancer patients:

  • Lack of cancer awareness

  • Lack of cancer expertise

  • Lack of enough cancer treatment centers

  • Inability of patients and their families to afford cancer treatment

    How you can help

    $50

    Support one child

    who has been diagnosed with cancer

    $100

    Support two children

    who have been diagnosed with cancer

    $300

    Support six children

    who have been diagnosed with cancer

    The Impact

    new cases of childhood cancer are registered andtreated at the Pediatric Oncology Department of The Indus Hospital every year

    • 45% of cases are Leukemia
    • 16% of cases are Lymphoma
    • 12% are abdominal tumors
    • 10% are sarcomas
    • 7% are brain tumors
    • 6% are Retinoblastoma 

      Karachi Flood Relief

      Karachi
      Flood Relief

      Karachi Flood Relief

      Continuous rain has caused massive flooding in the Karachi area. IDRF is providing food and hygiene kits to those affected.

      The Situation

      The most affected people have lost their homes, livelihoods and need immediate assistance in the form of food distributions as well as essential hygiene items that will keep them healthy and prevent the spread of communicable diseases such as COVID-19.

      Flooding in both countries has caused widespread population displacements with urgent humanitarian aid required in the areas of food, water, sanitation and hygiene services, and temporary shelter support.

      How you can help

      In response, IDRF will be delivering food and hygiene items to those most affected. $75 will provide the most vulnerable with essential hygiene items, as well as enough food to last for one month. As IDRF is currently providing emergency hygiene and food supplies, we are assessing the needs for rehabilitation of shelter and sanitation in the slums of Karachi, Pakistan.

        $75

        Help 1 family

        with essential hygiene items, as well as enough food to last for one month.

        $150

        Help two families

        with essential hygiene items, as well as enough food to last for one month.

        $250

        Help four families

        with essential hygiene items, as well as enough food to last for one month.

        Maternal & Newborn Health in Pakistan

        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.

            Girls Education in Pakistan

            Girls Education
            in Pakistan

            Girls Education in Pakistan

            IDRF is working to ensure that girls throughout Pakistan have access to adequate education to help them reach their highest potential.

            The Situation

            Government schools remain the only means of education available for nearly two-thirds of the Pakistani population.

            It’s been reported that children do not have access to the highest education level while attending government schools because of students’ limited resources. Additionally, widespread safety and security concerns continue to affect women’s and girls’ access to quality education.

            How you can help

            Your generous donations help IDRF support girls’ education in Pakistan. We overhauled a government school in Karachi and have rebuilt a model school. Equipped with modern facilities, these students have access to a high quality education as well as enriched extracurricular activities. This school serves as a model school or other government schools in the area.

              $75

              Help one student

              Support academic, co-curricular and nutrition-based programming

              $150

              Help two students

              Support academic, co-curricular and nutrition-based programming

              $250

              Help four students

              Support academic, co-curricular and nutrition-based programming

              The Impact

              female youth provided with the opportunity to take part in various academic and co-curricular programs

              • This project is supporting the health and wellness of students by providing 200 kindergarten, class 1 and 2 students with a nutritious breakfast prepared and served to students daily. 
              • Supporting the professional development of 56 female educators.
              • The initiative is led by a professional development team working in close collaboration with teaching staff to:
              • improve daily lesson plans
              • diversify teaching strategies 
              • participate in subject-specific training and workshops.

              Handpumps in Tharparkar

              Handpumps in Tharparkar

              Handpumps in Tharparkar

              Tharparkar is one of the most water insecure regions of Pakistan, experiencing frequent droughts during 2012-2015. As a result, this climate has led to disastrous results for Tharparkar residents, whose main source of income is derived from farming and agriculture.

              The Situation

              Being among the most water insecure regions of Pakistan, Tharparkar has been continuously hit with frequent droughts. This has devastated residents who depend on agriculture as their main source of income.

              • Groundwater is the only major water source for 1.67 million people in this region.

              • There are presently no surface or pipe water facilities to source water from during drought periods.

              • Dug wells are usually 2-5 kilometers away from villages, leaving people (usually women) walking for hours just to fetch water.

              • Poor sanitation and hygiene conditions have been further aggravated by poverty and water scarcity.

              • An integrated WASH response is required to mitigate the vulnerabilities of marginalized communities

              How you can help

              Working with many households in various villages, IDRF is providing:

              • clean drinking water
              • improved sanitation facilities,
              • better hygiene conditions. 
              • saving time for fetching water, shortening queuing time on a water points
              • sparing human labor from fetching water, so they can perform other economic activities.
              • encouraging communities to adopt the practice of kitchen gardening. With readily available water, this will help residents become self-reliant. 

                $1,000

                Build 1 handpump

                providing approximately 50 people with clean water 

                $2,000

                Build 2 handpumps

                providing approximately 100 people with clean water

                The Impact

                Households

                People

                We will conduct WASH information sessions through 130 health and hygiene promotion sessions in selected villages.