There is little government contribution to healthcare in Pakistan, especially for infrastructure and oversight, so poor and low income families are at the mercy of a largely unregulated private health sector.
The HWH was created to help fulfil an urgent need for quality, accessible health care. The challenge was knowing where to start. We wanted to let the local needs direct our services and growth and so our first clinics, alongside general health, focused primarily on cataract surgery. Cataract blindness accounts for more the half of blindness in the word and yet, it in many cases it is reversible through a relativity simple operation. Today, the eye department is probably one the best performing in the whole of the Gujarat District.
Last year alone the department saw more than 41,000 patients and helped deliver 1,343 babies.
In 2011 we began the maternity department, once again responding to a need for quality care during and after pregnancy. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 'About 830 women die form pregnancy or child-birth related complications around the world every day'. Last year alone the department saw more than 41,000 patients and helped deliver 1,343 babies.
The charity has also responded to major disasters over the years, providing medical relief camps and other help. We have also performed a consultation role to other charities and individuals.