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.