When as many as 193 nations sit together and set the 08 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be achieved by the year 2015, they rightly put ‘Child Health‘ and ‘Maternal Health‘ as Goal 04 and 05, respectively. Now, when we are about to see the daylight of 2015, the results of what these nations have been doing to achieve these goals affirm that there is still much to do in Health sector!
UN bluntly states that:
Child deaths are falling, but not quickly enough to reach the target.
This should set us on alert and out to take effective measures to stop child deaths as much as possible.
Besides child health, the condition of maternal health is also pathetic, especially in South Asia — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka — along with the sub-Saharan Africa. This is stated by the UN as:
Giving birth is especially risky in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where most women deliver without skilled care.
In the local context of Sindh province (Pakistan), maternal, newborn and child health are at their worst in the remote areas of many backward districts. Even primary healthcare seems quite distant to them in this age of high standards of healthcare services in the world. Either there are no government facilities in such areas, are deteriorated (buildings ruined, that is), or lack proper staff for healthcare services.
Health Program Kickoff
Setting up an initiative to address issue of unavailability of the primary healthcare services in different parts of District Dadu, JORDAN started its Health Program in the year 2003 in Taluka Johi and Dadu. Under the banner of this program, 03 Community Health Centers (CHCs) were founded to provide healthcare services at the nearest possible distance to as many villages as possible, and to provide medicine on subsidized rates so as not to overburden them with the expenses.
Since then, JORDAN has been intervening in Preventive as well as Curative sides in the Health sector providing primary healthcare services to the populace. With the valuable support of the donor agencies and other partners, JORDAN was able to mark the districts history with the significant chapters like trainings of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), Community Health Workers (CHWs), Lady Health Workers (LHWs), Lady Health Visitors (LHVs), Woman Medical Officers (WMOs), Doctors and Vaccinators.
Such training were aimed at improving the standard and quality of healthcare services being provided in different prospects of the
society; for example, the training of the TBAs dramatically improved by helping them adopt the recommended practices for conducting deliveries with the help of Clean Delivery Kits (CD Kits).
JORDAN has arranged various free medical camps for themes like eye care, tubal ligation, contraceptives, gyne/OBS, diarrhea, skin disease (Leishmaniasis) and measles. The District Health Departments of the respective districts have been kind enough to work together with us in these and many other steps like Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) for the last ten years.
JORDAN kept on working the Health Sector for years to come and, now, holds the position of the lead NGO working in its base district, Dadu. It worked with many national and international donor agencies like USAID, UNICEF, CARE International in Pakistan, PAIMAN, BHPBilliton, etc.
For more details JORDAN’s projects and the funding agencies, please visit our Programs, Projects and Partners sections on this website.