Reduce Maternal & Infant Mortality in Pakistan

Jul 17, 2014

A Labor Ward in HDF's Health Center

Patient receiving antenatal care at the CHC
Patient receiving antenatal care at the CHC

HDF's Community Health Center (CHC) in Karolwar village, Lahore now has a much needed labor room, providing ultrasound services, an equipped observation room, and patient examination room. In addition to this, 347 Antenatal Exams were conducted, and 2,547 women of reproductive ages were immunized were fully immunized.


Medical camps and educational seminars were held to educate mothers about vaccinating their children. 80% of immunization refusal cases were educated and agreed to receive TT and EPI vaccinations. Approximately 600 children have received immunization or vaccination services from this health center this year.  Almost 2,000 children have received growth monitoring, and a Supplement Camp was held to routinely administer various multivitamins to pregnant ladies and nursing mothers. De-worming medications were given to malnourished children ranging from six months to ten years.

Apr 30, 2014

HDF Maternal & Child Healthcare in Swat Valley

To address the lack of access to basic health services for community members, HDF’s work in Swat Valley Pakistan enables the delivery of a preventative and curative interventions for mothers and children. According to UNICEF’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Report on Pakistan (2008), 100 of every 1,000 children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province die before their fifth birthday. Many of these children die due to preventable diseases like diarrhea; pneumonia; acute respiratory infections; water-borne illnesses; malaria and skin infections.

During the health seminars and household visits, children – especially in rural areas – receive immunizations and de-worming medications. Mothers are counseled and trained on caring for their newborns, basic hygiene skills, and on how to identify and treat diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea.

Since the beginning of 2014, the following activities and achievements have taken place:

  • 1,844 households were visited by Lady Health Workers
  • 531 Antenatal Checkups were conducted
  • 31 Post-Natal Exams were conducted
  • 1,677 children under the age of 5 were monitored for growth
  • 821 children were fully immunized
  • 2,774 women of reproductive ages were immunized for TT
  • 31 babies were delivered
  • 6 community health seminars for mothers and children took place

Social mobilization activities ensure that vaccination campaigns reach out to eligible children that are immunized against preventable, life-threatening diseases. HDF continues its dedicated efforts in comprehensive healthcare to assist community-based basic maternal, neonatal and child health services.

Feb 3, 2014

De-Worming Treatment for Malnourished Children

HDF was able to provide de-worming treatment to malnourished children in the most marginalized communities. A total of 2,756 identified children were treated in the following program regions:


  • Mardan: 473 children
  • Tando Muhammad Khan: 908 children
  • Rahim Yar Khan: 356 children
  • Zhob: 15 children
  • Karachi: 837 children
  • Islamabad: 20 children
  • Lahore: 32 children
  • Muzzafarabad: 115 children


These children were identified through HDF's School Health Programs, and Community Health Workers (CHWs).  The first round of therapy began with a dose of antihelminthics medicines (Albendazole and Levamizole) in syrup form. This was repeated 6 months later, and a vitamin syrup (Vidaylin M) was also given to children in between treatments.

CHWs administered these medications during their routine visits. Furthermore, the malnourished children and their families were provided with support and educational workshops coordinated by the Village Development Organization (VDO) for therapy.  

 The result of this project has been a success!

Out of the 2756 total malnourished children, 40% children recovered to a normal health range after treatment. Children that were severely malnourished improved their status by over 30%.  

Through our Healthcare Program, 9 Community Health Centers operate throughout Pakistan. With your support, we have been able to deliver life-saving services in regions where healthcare is not accessible. We also have been providing health monitoring for children in HDF schools, and providing school lunches that are nutritional.

Nov 26, 2013

HDF Maternal Health Ward in Mardan

Newborn Baby in HDF
Newborn Baby in HDF's Mardan Health Center

HDF’s Community Health Center in Mardan is operating a clinic that services the marginalized community of Samar Bagh. Within the past 3 months, 195 antenatal exams were held, and 1,354 lab tests were carried out. 65 women received antenatal checkups, which are provided once per month for every pregnant woman in the village. A total of 29 deliveries were conducted, one being a set of twins! 84% children (0-23 months) and 97% of women of reproductive ages were fully immunized. 100% of children under the age of 5 are monitored for growth in this village. 

Due to the high volume of services needed, a 24 hour maternity ward at the center has been created under the supervision of a Lady Doctor. A mother-child health workshop was also conducted to educate the community about proactive measurements including addressing the availability and accessibility of health-workers for children, hygiene and sanitation, preventable transmissions of diseases, nutrition, and immunization knowledge. These workshops and meetings provide appropriate support for new mothers, and prevent problems if they arise. The ideal result is to provide a positive, educational environment that supports the concerns of both mother and child, while impacting the overall wellbeing of the community.

We’re thrilled to welcome this newborn baby, who was born in HDF’s Community Health Center in Mardan! HDF's Executive Director, Fakhia Rashid, personally witnessed the birth of this beautiful child. She received her vaccinations on time. A skilled birth attendant delivered the baby and the mother received proper care post delivery. Prior to the maternity ward at HDF's Health Center, women had to travel far distances to receive proper and adequate antenatal  care.

Sep 4, 2013

Meet Tahira Bibi and her new baby!

Tahira and a Health Worker
Tahira and a Health Worker

We are proud to share the success story of Tahira Bibi, who recently gave birth to a healthy baby after suffering multiple devastating miscarriages due to lack of healthcare in her village. 

Tahira suffered her first miscarriage when she was 9 weeks pregnant in 2003. Inadequate knowledge regarding reproductive health; a poor diet; and lack of healthcare services all contributed to this tragedy.  


From 2005 to 2011, Tahira Bibi had five more pregnancies, which all ended in miscarriages. She herself was uneducated and had no means of earning. Her frequent pregnancies and the family's insufficient nutrition had taken a major toll on her health and well-being. HDF's health team began visiting her regularly and began to take preventative measures to educate Tahira and also provide her with the services she was direly in need for. 


In 2012, Tahira conceived again and this time, HDF strictly monitored her with regular ultrasounds throughout her pregnancy.Tahira received antenatal services from HDF's Rahim Yar Khan Community Health Center. HDF's Health Team also gave Tahira medical supplements, including folic acid for prevention from birth defects. HDF's team met with Tahira's husband and educated him on dietary needs for both mother and child. 


It is no surprise that maternal healthcare in Pakistan is facing a crisis.The maternal mortality ratio is about 276 per 100,000 live births (U.N Data). Less than 45% of births are attended by some sort of trained health skill personnel such as a midwife or doctor. The majority of maternal deaths are preventable by providing adequate & accessible care.

HDF's approach is uniquely holistic & comprehensive. Mothers are encouraged to take proactive & preventative measures to promote healthy lifestyles. This is about positively changing the way women and their children live.



Tahira and her new baby
Tahira and her new baby

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