Beating the Odds
As an emerging nation, Pakistan faces many challenges when it comes to public health. These are due primarily to a lack of resources dedicated to health solutions as well as a lack of awareness of basic health knowledge. In Pakistan, 1 in 89 women die due to pregnancy or childbirth-related complications. Similarly, almost 7 infants out of 100 die before they reach one year of age. Almost 40 percent of children in Pakistan are malnourished. Preventable conditions such as malaria, diarrhea, bronchial infections, and gastrointestinal infections abound. Health indicators suggest that it is the lack of accessible healthcare — not terrorism, drones or the energy crisis — that is the greatest adversity facing Pakistan. Pakistan spends a shockingly low percentage of its GDP (.2 percent) on healthcare. The poor quality of government provided health services in Pakistan is the major reason behind the large role played by the private sector in healthcare.
The Healthcare Crisis in Pakistan
HOPE provides free to minimal cost healthcare to over 750,000 impoverished patients every year. We have a network of hospitals, maternal health centers, basic health clinics, and mobile health clinics throughout Pakistan.
HOPE seeks to remedy the healthcare crisis in Pakistan through its network of hospitals, maternal health clinics, basic health clinics, and mobile health clinics throughout Pakistan. We strive to provide healthcare in the form of treatments, preventive care, and emergency medicine. Currently we have four charitable hospitals, six Maternal and Child Health Centers, one Basic Health Unit, and two Mobile Health Units.
As of 2018, HOPE has established four charitable hospitals in Pakistan: one in Karachi, one in Thatta, one in Zia Colony, and one in Sujawal. Each hospital is complete with surgical facilities, a neonatal intensive care unit, and labor and delivery rooms. In 2017, over 552,000 patients were seen altogether at all four hospitals. Combined, over 10,500 surgeries were conducted and over 6,800 babies were delivered.
Basic Health Units
HOPE has one basic health unit (BHU) located in HUB, Balochistan. Altogether it provides emergency services, outpatient services, maternal checkups, and pediatric care to over 40,000 patients per year, mainly women and children.
Mobile Health Units
HOPE is able to access 30 villages on the outskirts of Karachi via two mobile health units (MHU’s). Doctors travel from Karachi to staff the MHU’s on a rotational basis. In 2017, both MHU's provided over 70,000 patients total (mainly women and children) access to basic medical care and emergency services.
Maternal and Child Health Centers
HOPE has six maternal and child health centers (MCHC’s): one in Manzoor Colony, one in Mujahid Colony, one in Bilal Colony, one in Korangi 5, one in Azad Kashmir, and one in Chikaar, Azad Kashmir. MCHC’s support women’s obstetric and gynecological services, prenatal care, and family planning services. Emphasis is placed upon promoting safe deliveries and reducing maternal and infant mortality due to pregnancy-related complications. Yearly, over 80,000 total mothers and children are seen at all four facilities.