Third-world countries face numerous challenges in different sectors, but the gaps in the healthcare sector are most alarming. In Pakistan, millions of mothers and children are struggling to access basic healthcare facilities. All the stakeholders, including government and non-government organizations, need to step up their efforts to improve the health of mothers and children. How can they achieve this objective? In this article, we will look at some of the key factors that affect maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH).
How do Social Determinants Affect MNCH?
In Pakistan, a variety of social determinants are affecting the status of maternal and child health. Some of the key ones include maternal education, family status, wealth index, residence location, and the overall status of health care facilities available in a particular area. Because of the widespread disparities, the mortality rate in the country’s urban areas is significantly lower than in rural areas. A large portion of the Pakistani population lives below the poverty line, which makes it difficult for them to access quality healthcare.
Nutrition is one of the most significant factors that can influence the health of mothers and children. Food insecurity contributes to the rising rates of maternal and child undernutrition. The stunting and wasting rates are also on the high side. This knowledge of social determinants helps us devise strategies that can ease the situation.
What Needs to be Done?
The gaps in Pakistan’s healthcare sector require all of us to join our hands together and work on solving the existing problems. Here are some of the key steps that must be taken to lead Pakistan to a future where mortality and morbidity rates for MNCH are not as high as they are right now.
More Funding for MNCH
Increasing the funding for the healthcare sector will benefit the country in the long run. Rural Health Centers and Basic Health Units need more funding since the mortality and morbidity rates are higher in rural areas.
Improving the Quality of Healthcare Services
Besides making healthcare services accessible across Pakistan, we also need to consider their quality. Many hospitals in the country need more female doctors, female nurses, trained medical staff, and diagnostic testing facilities.
Family Planning, Nutrition, & Awareness about MNCH
Developing countries in general, and Pakistan in particular, need to focus more on family planning. It is an effective way to improve the health of mothers and children. Undernourishment has also become prevalent across the country and needs to be tackled immediately. Awareness sessions should be held to inform the public about these issues.
NGOs’ Have a Crucial Role to Play!
In countries like Pakistan, many nonprofits and charitable organizations are already playing a role in improving the health of mothers and children. Crowdfunding platforms like Transparent Hands make it possible for people all around the world to help women and children in developing countries.
Transparent Hands is working tirelessly to provide free healthcare services to those who cannot afford them in Pakistan. From conducting free medical camps to raising donations for the medical treatments and surgeries of disadvantaged patients, the organization is providing a wide range of healthcare services. Transparent Hands provides free C-Sections and holds preventive healthcare sessions for women and children at its free medical camps where free supplements to tackle undernourishment are also distributed. The organization funds treatments by raising donations through its crowdfunding platform. Donors can donate to a campaign of their choice.
Transparent Hands is championing the cause of improving the health of mothers and children in Pakistan. Join hands with us to make it possible by donating to us!