Pakistan

Our partner, the Pakistan National Forum on Women’s Health, is one of the country’s only fistula treatment providers ensuring women access to life-changing care.

Why We Work in Pakistan

Quality maternal health services remain in short supply in Pakistan. With only 52% of births attended by a skilled medical professional, many women, especially in rural areas, risk serious injury should obstructed labor or other complications arise. A recent study  by UNFPA and the Pakistan National Forum on Women’s Health estimates 3,500 cases of obstetric fistula occur in Pakistan every year.

Identifying patients has been difficult. Most women with fistula live in abject poverty, in isolated areas where there is little understanding of fistula and its causes. Many women do not know they are suffering from a treatable medical condition. Compounding these challenges, our partners in Pakistan report difficulty in providing treatment due to a lack of trained and willing surgeons in the country.

What You Help Us Do

We are investing in the following areas to build Pakistan’s in-country medical services and provide life-transforming surgery to as many women as possible:

Meet Our Partners

We identify local surgical teams in Pakistan already successfully treating women with fistula—and then work to amplify their efforts. 

How much funding have we granted? 

Below are funding totals since the start of each partnership.

Current Partners

  • Pakistan National Forum on Women’s Health – $997,358

News from the Field

Obstetric Fistula: An Illness of Social Segregation  •  August 26, 2016
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News site Lead Pakistan reports on obstetric fistula and its effect of social segregation, providing data on the number of women who suffer from it: PESHAWAR: Obstetric Fistula is a...
News site Lead Pakistan reports on obstetric fistula and its effect of social segregation, providing data on the number of women who suffer from it: PESHAWAR: Obstetric Fistula is a serious disease that lands a woman in social segregation and it can only be treated through proper surgery. Medical experts say that fistula is a serious injury of childbirth. It is a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged, obstructed labour due to the lack of timely and adequate medical care.
Meet Nazneen from Pakistan  •  September 30, 2015
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For years, Nazneen experienced emotional distress caused by constant urine leakage. She was highly discouraged after undergoing two unsuccessful fistula repair surgeries over the past eight years, but eventually sought...
For years, Nazneen experienced emotional distress caused by constant urine leakage. She was highly discouraged after undergoing two unsuccessful fistula repair surgeries over the past eight years, but eventually sought treatment at Murshid Hospital in Karachi after being encouraged by her son-in-law. Nazneen was admitted to Murshid Hospital In May 2015.

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