IDRF health project in Tharparkar- declared a great success by visitors!
In the impoverished and drought afflicted district of Tharparkar, Pakistan, availability of basic health structure is almost absent and as such, thousands of women & children die every year from health issues that could be treated and prevented . Women’s health is particularly neglected, as it is in many remote villages of Pakistan.
IDRF has partnered with the Pakistan National Forum on Women Health (PNFWH) in Karachi, to train students in midwifery as per guidelines and approved curriculum of Pakistan Nursing council in Sindh.
Only 14% of births in Tharparkar district are attended by skilled birth attendants, and among women who conceived in the past 3 years, fewer than half made one antenatal visit. The infant mortality rate is 87 per 1000 live births and maternal mortality rate 297 per 100 000 live births.
IDRF’s Calgary Chapter, in collaboration with Indus Canada Association and Pakistan Canada Association, has been raising funds to support this project.
A recent field visit was undertaken by the President of the Indus Canada Association, Ahmer Nadeem Memon, and Dr Jamila Kureshi, a family physician from Acute Care Centre of University Hospital Alberta (Edmonton), and both doctors met with Dr. Shershah Syed who is in charge of the midwives training project. The visiting team also met with all the trainees and saw all the facilities, wards, canteen, girls’ hospital and their classes and spent some time with the trainees as well.
The visitors were delighted with this health project and declared that this project has achieved above expectation results.
IDRF Calgary Chapter is interested in other such projects in Tharparkar, and call upon your generous support