MEDICAL CENTRE FOR SISTERS IN PAKISTAN
The first phase of our first ‘care health centre’ has been launched. Called ‘a sister’s wish’, this particular phase is completely dedicated to the health and welfare of women in Pakistan.
As you know the main target audience for our medical facility is poor and less privileged in rural areas of Pakistan. However, even within the poor, perhaps the most vulnerable population is that of women. The health of families and nations is interlinked with the health of women. The health of women can have serious implications for the health of her children and family. If the women are healthy they will produce healthy children and they may be in a position to take care of the entire family health, so we can say that healthy women are the sign of a healthy family and healthy nation.
Many organisations raise women’s health awareness but do not provide them with a safe environment, medical services and family planning. A large number of women in Pakistan die every year because of unavailability or lack of access to health facilities and those which are available are of poor quality. The most serious health issue for women is complications during pregnancy which takes the lives of thousands every year.
Pakistan ranks third highest in the world with the number of maternal deaths. There are many factors responsible for such problems. However, more important is the lack of resources even for those who wish to seek treatment. The tribal and rural concept of home deliveries is another reason why patients remain undiagnosed of medical complications and later on suffer for the remainder of their lives.
It is, therefore, no surprise that we have dedicated the first phase of our very first medical project to our sisters and mothers in Pakistan.
Our focus will be in five key areas.
Reproductive health would be the key area with particular focus on ante and post natal care, avoiding maternal complications by early detection and referral to secondary care for complicated pregnancies for selected patients. The tribal and rural concept of home deliveries are another reason why patients remain undiagnosed of medical complications and later on suffer for the remainder of their lives. So, providing a safe environment and training of community midwives is also something we plan to achieve in longer run.
Cancer screening: Pakistan has the highest cancer rate in Asia and unfortunately it seems to have higher incidence in women. Often, late presentation due to social reasons precludes effective treatment in most cases; therefore a culture of early cancer detection would be one of our key areas.
Medical care: Providing free care for early diagnosis and treatment of all other common medical issues like diabetes, hypertension etc and communicable diseases like TB and hepatitis will be provided synchronous with rest of the target population.
Malnutrition: Due to multiple child births and poor socio economic backgrounds, malnutrition remains a common issue which subsequently leads to poor child health and growth stunting.
Last but not least is the psychological support addressing the common mental health issues which are highly prevalent in Pakistani population.
As a rough estimate, we need to raise at least quarter of a million pounds (£250,000) to successfully raise and run this phase and will need all the help and support you can offer. Please donate at our dedicated donation page as instructed below and spread the word to your friends and family especially in Pakistan.
Dr Ali Zahid.