Health sector in Pakistan has been struggling for many years. Health delivery system is run by both state and non-state authorities. People living in urban areas have an easy access to best healthcare facilities whereas, in rural areas, accessibility to proper medical services is difficult. People either live far away from the clinics/hospitals or they don’t have any such institutes in their areas.
In Pakistan, many efforts have been made to improve the health system but still it is not encouraging. The main health issues are due to lack of awareness, poor diet, water pollution and hygiene problems leading to communicable and non-communicable diseases. Poor medical facilities are also resulting in health deterioration of underprovided people of Pakistan. Due to the shortage of nurses and doctors for rural areas, every year thousands of children die during birth or if they survive, they suffer from one or two diseases. The increasing number of heart patients mostly including children suffering from congenital heart defect is alarming. The mortality rate of women is also high because they are treated by midwives with no professional knowledge.
Pakistan’s population is around 185 million out of which more than 70 million people are living below the poverty line i.e. earning less than $2 a day. Around 78% of the population is paying for health expenditures out of their pockets which is manageable for upper or middle class but for the lower class, it’s a different story. With the income of merely 5000 to 6000 rupees a month, they have to pay for the food, bills, transport and also for the fees if their children are studying. On top of that, if any of the family members gets sick, they are left with less or no money to treat them.
There are many government hospitals providing free treatment to poor people but that too is not sufficient. Patients with surgical needs are put on hold for many years because of a long waiting list. By the time of surgery date, the patient is either dead or his/her condition is worsened. Also, there are not many doctors and nurses to facilitate those people. The condition of hospitals is also not satisfactory as there are few beds for thousands of patients on average.
There is a backlog of more than 10 million surgeries every year in Pakistan. The majority of people have to sell their valuable assets to afford better treatment and those who don’t have anything, they just rely on the quacks in their area and make their health further worse. There is a need to do major efforts to improve the healthcare system in our country. The solution is bringing capable physicians, health awareness and swift access to medical care. The hygienic system and drinking water also need to be monitored to avoid illness in people living in rural areas.
Transparent Hands has stepped forward to tackle health issues in Pakistan. It is a global Crowdfunding platform that conducts surgeries of poor people in private hospitals free of cost. Transparent Hands connects the donor, patients, and hospitals and provides complete transparency. Now the less privileged people can also have access to best healthcare facilities. Come join hands with us and be a part of this cause. Our little help can create a huge impact in someone’s life.