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Pakistan Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences (PIRS)
PIRS is an affiliated institute of ISRA University, recognized by Higher Education Commission (HEC) and accredited by Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). HDF and PIRS established an ever-growing partnership in 2016 that laid the foundation for a ‘Community Vision Centre’ (CVC) in Nilore-Islamabad, as part of strengthening District Comprehensive Eye Care Programme (DCECP). The aim of the CVC was to create awareness regarding vision care, administer school screenings and community camps, provide spectacles and low-vision devices along with necessary advice and treatment, while referring cases to secondary and tertiary facilities to close the existing gap regarding disease control for refractive errors. Successively, both the parties agreed to implement a ‘School Health Programme’ across public sector schools in the twin cities, where they are executing screening for eye/vision health, ear/hearing health, mild to moderate physical disabilities among school children, teaching/non-teaching staff and health education. PIRS expertise in rehabilitative services has enabled HDF to promote an inclusive society with equal opportunity. Together, we are working to achieve access to safe, effective, quality and affordable community-based services in optometry and audiology.
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.