Pakistan is divided into four major provinces – Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in the mountainous northern area, Sind and Punjab in the Indus river plain, and the arid deserts of Balochistan. Sitting at the juncture of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates, with a diverse terrain stretching from the Himalayas to the Arabian Sea, Pakistan is particularly vulnerable to severe flooding, earthquakes, avalanches and landslides.
In 2010, Pakistan suffered from the worst flooding in its history. The devastating floods affected the lives of 18 million people, destroying livelihoods and flattening entire villages. Severe flooding affected Pakistan again in 2011 and in 2012.
Although there has been some improvement in health indicators over the last two decades, progress has been slow and low levels of healthcare funding mean that millions of people still have no access to health services.
Doctors Worldwide responded to the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir and the 2010 and 2011 flood crises. We continued to work in Pakistan, to deliver services for pregnant women in Sind, both in the community and in our custom-built mother and child clinic.
Doctors Worldwide began a maternal and newborn care program in Qambar Shahdadkot in May 2011. It is one of the most deprived and remote districts...