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.

      Supporting Children with Cerebral Palsy

      Supporting children with cerebral palsy

      Supporting children with cerebral palsy

      There is a lack of necessary resources for occupational, language or speech therapy for children with Cerebral Palsy in Africa. IDRF is training caregivers in conducting physical therapy that works on improving motor skills and mobility of children with CP.

      The Situation

      Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a loss or impairment of motor function caused by brain damage. It happens at stages when a child’s brain is still developing, and can occur before, during or immediately after birth.

      Cerebral Palsy affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance.

      • In Africa, there is insufficient knowledge of risk factors that contribute to the development of CP.

      • There is a lack of necessary resources for occupational, language or speech therapy for children with Cerebral Palsy.

      • Available services in some regions are largely hindered by limited staff and hospital resources.

      • Families in remote locations are unable to access vital services

       

      How you can help

      Your generous donations help us train caregivers in conducting physical therapy to improve motor skills and mobility of children with Cerebral Palsy.

      We are working hard to:

          • Create supportive home environments
          • Work with local community health care providers
          • Offer various rehabilitative services

      $1,000

      Train a participant

      Supports one participant as part of the program

      The Impact

      Households supported in 4 years

      children with CP received rehabilitative therapy (in 2019)

      The caregivers of these children were provided with direct training.

      Eyeglasses for Gaza

      Eyeglasses
      for Gaza

      Eyeglasses for Gaza

      The Palestinian Information Medical Center reports close to 5,000 students being diagnosed with visual impairments. IDRF is providing children with certified optometry assessments and a pair of prescription eyeglasses for those diagnosed.

      The Situation

      The Palestinian Information Medical Center reports close to 5,000 students being diagnosed with visual impairments.

      • Early detection of eyesight problems is crucial to preventing vision loss and improving the overall health and well-being of individuals.

      • Poor and low-income households are unable to access certified optometry assessments for their children.

      • Many eye-related conditions only tend to worsen over time due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

        How you can help

        $50

        Help a child

        Certified optometry assessments

        $100

        Help a child

        A pair of prescription eyeglasses for individuals diagnosed with a visual impairment.

        The Impact

        children and youth provided with a pair of prescription eyeglasses

        Beneficiaries for this project have been selected in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education in Gaza.

        Food Relief for Lebanon

        Food Aid for Lebanon

        Food Aid for Lebanon

        Lebanon’s socio-economic situation continues to deteriorate, with the cost of basic needs exponentially rising as a result of the deep economic and financial crisis, exacerbated by the impact of the pandemic.

        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

          Food Parcel

          Food Parcels: Staple food items for one month: wheat flour, rice, oil, sugar, beans etc.

          $150

          Medical Aid

          Medical assistance to victims of the explosion

          $250

          Help four families

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

          The Impact

          With this campaign, We aim to target in total 12,212 people with 7000 of them being children.

          • Provide 2000 families (8500 people) by providing tarps to cover their tents from the elements
          • Provide 500 families with 50 lt of gas for heaters
          • Provide 1000 children with winter clothes