The Healthcare Crisis in Pakistan
Beating the Odds
As an emerging nation, Pakistan faces multiple challenges when it comes to public health. These are due primarily to a dearth of resources dedicated towards 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 (2.6 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.
HOPE seeks to remedy the healthcare crisis in Pakistan through its network of Hospitals, Maternal and Child Health Clinics, Basic Health Units, and Mobile Health Units throughout Pakistan. We aim to provide healthcare in the form of treatments, preventive care, and emergency medicine. Currently we have four charitable Hospitals, eight Maternal and Child Health Centers, one Basic Health Unit, and two Mobile Health Units.
Our Healthcare Network
HOPE operates a network of Hospitals, Maternal and Child Health Centers, Basic Health Units, and Mobile Health Units throughout Pakistan which provide free/nominal cost healthcare to 750,000 patients per year. 70 percent of our beneficiaries are women/children.
As of 2023, 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 equipped with surgical facilities, a neonatal intensive care unit, and labor and delivery rooms. In 2022, 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.
Maternal and Child Health Centers
HOPE has nine Maternal and Child Health Centers (MCHC’s): Manzoor Colony, Mujahid Colony, Bilal Colony, Korangi 5, Azad Kashmir, Chikaar (Azad Kashmir), Garhi Habibullah (KPK), Mansehra (KPK), and Muzaffargarh, (Punjab). 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 120,000 total mothers and children are seen at all eight facilities.
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 20 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 2022, both MHU's provided over 70,000 patients total (mainly women and children) access to basic medical care and emergency services.