With the passion to payback to the homeland, an indebted group of Pakistani-American visionaries came together to practically demonstrate the model of Human Development envisioned by great economist of his times, Dr. Mahbub-ul-Haq.
Human Development Foundation (HDF) was founded in 1997, as a gift to Pakistan, on its 50th Independence Day. As revolutionaries with deep roots in Pakistan, they were committed to overall development and poverty eradication. Our quest for positive social change to remote and marginalized communities remains at the forefront, and we at the foundation, work tirelessly to help the communities who are most vulnerable.
We realized that the poverty complex is like the Multi-Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS) where the patients’ health cannot be restored by just addressing complications of one organ or system”, Dr. Khalid Riaz – Chairman HDF
HDF believes that poverty is multi-dimensional and like an octopus, strangles the poor with its multiple tentacles. Loosening the grip of one, does not mean freedom from poverty. It’s not just about low-income levels but is endemic in households and communities which have limited opportunities, few assets, low literacy and health status, inaccessibility to essential facilities, and lack of social, economic and political participation. One needs to break free from all the tentacles simultaneously.
Emergency Response – News & Events
Pregnant women caught in Pakistan’s floods left struggling for maternal healthcare.
Some 650,000 pregnant women in flood-hit provinces are affected by maternal malnutrition, with about 2,000 mothers giving birth in unsafe conditions daily. Unregulated use of medicines, untrained birth attendants, and lack of access to health facilities and hospitals are among the problems post-floods.
Pakistani health worker Mai Janat Buriro, 37, spends three hours daily handing out medicines to pregnant women with iron deficiency or malnutrition in the flood-affected province of Sindh. Of the 11 mothers who gave birth last month in her neighbourhood in the Allah Rakha colony, three who suffered from maternal malnutrition lost their infants.
“Most pregnant women have nothing to eat,” Buriro told This Week In Asia. “They don’t have access to milk either because animals they reared had died in the floods.”
Over the past several months, devastating floods have killed more than 1,500 people and displaced 7.6 million people.
HDF Emergency & Response Team
We feel great pleasure in saying that we have worked with this organization in many successful projects including ASER Pakistan Survey 2013. With such an amazing work experience, we strongly recommend HDF for the subject Prize and wish them luck for their future endeavors to bring about lasting solutions to end multifaceted poverty in Pakistan and across the globe.
Waqas Hameed Bajwa
When HDF visited our village, I started visualising myself as a social development worker. HDF supported us throughout the formation of our organisation and provided us with community & business management training to help improve grassroots level development.