Dear HOPE Friends,
This weekend we achieved a new milestone 🏆 in our fight to reduce Maternal 👩🏻🍼 and Infant 👶🏼 Mortality in Pakistan 🇵🇰 - the first delivery of a baby from our eight Maternal and Child Health Centers took place at our MCHC in Langarpura, Azad Kashmir 🏔️!
This moment ushers in what we hope to be the beginning of a new era in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. In these remote regions, the terrain is mountainous🏔️ and difficult to traverse and healthcare facilities 🏥 are few and far between. Even if such facilities do exist, they are often not well-equipped and poor people simply cannot afford them . It is standard practice that poor mothers labored and delivered their children in their own homes.
Unfortunately the lack 🚫 of accessible healthcare facilities 🏥 for poor communities has led to adversely high Maternal 👩🏻🍼 and Infant 👶🏼 Mortality rates in Pakistan 🇵🇰, especially in cases where there are labor complications or medical intervention 🩺 is needed. MMR and IMR rates are higher in remote and rural areas such as Northern Pakistan 🏔️ versus urban metropolitan 🏙️ areas.
In Pakistan 🇵🇰, 33% of maternal 👩🏻🍼 deaths and 80% of infant 👶🏼 deaths are preventable!
HOPE has been working diligently to mitigate MMR and IMR in Pakistan 🇵🇰 by providing free/nominal cost quality prenatal 🤰🏻 and infant 🐣 care to underserved communities. In urban slum areas of Karachi, we operate four Hospitals 🏥 in which a total of 15,000 children are born safely each year.
In the Northern Areas of Pakistan 🏔️, we have gone a step further and have equipped three new MCHCs in those regions (Langarpura, Garhi Habibullah, Mansehra) with birthing provisions, essentially making them mini-hospitals. This measure is a proactive step ✅ to ensure safe deliveries for both mothers 👩🏻🍼 and children 🧒🏻 in those communities.
We are grateful 💖 to our all our generous supporters who have made regular contributions towards the construction 🚜 of these facilities along with ensuring their smooth operations.
We would especially like to thank Darul Sadaqa786 and private donors for sponsoring the bulk of the construction 🔨 of our Langarpura, Azad Kashmir MCHC. Special gratitude to Yusuf Foundation for funding the construction 🚜 and operations for both Garhi Habibullah, KPK and Mansehra, KPK. We could not have done this without your support!
If you would like to take part in Saving Maternal and Infant Lives in Pakistan, please donate to our Global Giving campaign. Currently, all donations to HOPE's Save Maternal and Infant Lives campaign on Global Giving are matched at 50 percent!
Below, please find an array of services your donation can sponsor:
🔷 $10: Support 3 Prenatal Visits for a Pregnant Mother 👩🏻🍼
🔷 $20: Support the Cost of 2 Ultrasounds 🚼
🔷 $25: Pay for Fetal Heartbeat Monitoring 🫀
🔷 $50: Sponsor a Blood Transfusion 🏥 for a Mother
🔷$75: Support Phototherapy for a Jaundiced Infant 👶🏼
🔷 $100: Sponsor a Normal Birth 🐣 at One of Our Hospitals
🔷 $200: Pay for a Cesarean Birth 🐥 at One of Our Hospitals
🌹Thank you to all our supporters for celebrating these milestones with us as we gradually chip away at poverty barriers in Pakistan!
The HOPE USA 🇺🇸🇵🇰, HOPE UK 🇬🇧🇵🇰, and HOPE Pakistan 🇵🇰 Teams