Pakistan’s estimated population is 187,000,000. Its mountainous terrain and political conflicts pose risks to healthcare delivery, especially in remote areas of the Northeast. Pakistan’s maternal death rates and infant morality rates are among the highest in the world. Pakistan’s total fertility rate is 3.5, maternal mortality ratio is 260 and infant mortality rate is 70. Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, accounts for roughly 10% of the nation’s total population. 60% of its inhabitants live in slums, often without proper water and sanitation systems, high illiteracy rates and a lack of social security systems, compounding health and healthcare access issues.
HMRI and Aman Foundation have partnered to launch a 25 seat health contact center to serve the general population of Karachi.
Sources: World Bank: World Development Indicators – 2009, WHO – Pakistan: health profile, WHO: Global Health Observatory Data Repository – 2010, Aman Foundation