Healthcare has somewhat been perceived as a far-off luxury to a sizeable chunk of Pakistani population, given the fact that the middle-class sector has been invincible and the rich live in their own confined bubble with all the basic necessities or perhaps slightly more than ‘basic’. Further added to the misery is the fact that Pakistan has recently had the third highest rate of infant mortality in the world. Let that sink in for a moment!
While some of the health services have been evident in the populated areas for instance Karachi and Lahore because the health department has been active in these big cities. However, slum areas like Bilal Colony seemed to have been completely cut-off from the tide of heath measures being swept across the country after the UN warnings. Bilal Colony has estimate population of around 3 lac with some private clinics installed by the government but due to the shortage of funds and corruption in the government departments, the clinics have not been somewhat established. There has been a network of a handful of privately organized clinics though, established within a 3 km radius of every village with free checkup and treatment. But merely 3 or 4 clinics cannot cater all the population and cover the basic treatments of a population as huge as 3 lacs. However, HOPE – a health NGO in Pakistan, under the leadership of Dr Mubina Agboatwalla- a child specialist in Karachi, plans to reduce the gap in a fairly recent future by establishing a network of clinics in the area.
HOPE-a health NGO in Pakistan continues its work to improve the living standards of the children and poor communities by fulfilling their basic rights of healthcare and education. The acknowledgement and appreciation of our work energizes the team with motivation to put in even greater effort in doing so.