Why Do We Work in Pakistan?
According to extensive research collaboration by UNFPA and the Pakistan National Forum on Women’s Health, an estimated 3,500 cases of obstetric fistula occur in Pakistan every year. Identifying patients has been difficult, as many women with fistula live in abject poverty in isolated areas where education and awareness are low. Many of them do not know that they are suffering from a medical condition for which treatment is available. Furthermore, our partners in Pakistan report difficulty in providing treatment due to a lack of trained and willing surgeons in the country.
What You Help Us Do In Pakistan
We’re helping fund:
- Fistula surgeries
- Capacity building
- Community outreach & advocacy
- Reintegration support
Murshid Hospital, Karachi (and 3 select regional hospitals)
How much funding have we granted?
$150,000 in FY2012
Who is our partner?
We provided grant support to this hospital through Direct Relief.
How will this help women in Pakistan?
While funding for this project was granted in 2012, it took longer than expected to launch activities due to insecurity and logistical challenges in Karachi. To date, 40 patients have been screened, of which 11 with fistula were identified and referred for treatment. Funds are also being used to build capacity among critical health workers — midwives, doctors and gynecologists — in the prevention, diagnosis and repair of fistula. Finally, extensive community outreach is being conducted through Dream Foundation Trust, a dedicated grassroots organization based in Karachi — so far, 9 awareness and training sessions for more than 450 healthcare providers/educators and community members, including one focused specifically on traditional birth attendants, have been carried out.
Where is Pakistan?
Facts About Pakistan
- Average births per woman:2.86
- Physicians per 10,000 people:8.1
- Births attended by skilled personnel:49%
- Lifetime risk of maternal death:1 in 170(chances a woman will die during childbirth)
- Female life expectancy:69.03 years
- Female literacy:40.3%
- Population living in rural areas:63.5%
- Population living in poverty:21%(less than $1.25/day)
- Surgeries completed through Fistula Foundation funding to date:21
Sources: CIA World Fact Book, UNFPA, WHO, UNDP