When you feel seriously sick, you go to a doctor for treatment. When a woman is pregnant, she seeks a doctor for pre-natal care. A simple, almost automatic response – but not so easy when you live in a rural or rather remote area in Pakistan. The health system there is often not as developed and prepared for its tasks as international and national standards would want it to be. If health facilities are furthermore damaged or destroyed – as they were in Swat through the civil conflict in 2009 and the floods in 2010 – the situation becomes even more difficult.
In the Swat district, Malteser International is rehabilitating and expanding two Basic Health Units (BHUs) and one Civil Dispensary and equiping them according to international (WHO) and national standards. The staff of the health centres is being trained to improve the quality of primary health care, with special emphasis on mother and child healthcare. The capacity building also includes trainings on issues like pharmaceutical logistics and the country’s disease early warning system. To develop the health system in general, there is a close cooperation with the district’s health authority. The objective is to continue on the way towards a health care system that is affordable and of good quality.
Malteser International has been working in Pakistan since the earthquake of October 2005. Its main areas of intervention have been and will remain in the sectors of health and disaster preparedness. With their long-term presence in the country, Malteser International’s teams will also be able to react quickly after new emergency situations.
|Duration:||since August 2010|
|Financing:||Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Germany), Malteser International|
|Malteser International:||Christof Ruhmich|
Ajbiv Bibi: grateful for Malteser International’s help. Discover her story! Photo: Jorge Scholz