Project #13783

Reduce Maternal & Infant Mortality in Pakistan

by Human Development Foundation (HDF)
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.


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Human Development Foundation (HDF)

Location: Schaumburg, IL - USA
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Human Development Foundation (HDF)
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Human Development Foundation
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