15 03, 2019

New Survey Shows Improvement in Maternal and Child Health in Pakistan


Families in Pakistan are getting healthier according to the newly released 2017-18 Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS). The 2017-18 PDHS is the fourth DHS survey conducted in Pakistan since 1990-91. The survey results, released today at a national seminar in Islamabad organized by NIPS, highlight major improvements in child survival and maternal health care, [...]

15 11, 2018

Polio Campaign in Karachi and interior Sindh launched


The Emergency Operation Centre for Polio in Sindh launched a Polio Campaign in all districts of Karachi and 18 districts of interior Sindh. The total target population for this campaign is above seven million children under five years of age out of which approximately 2.3 million children reside in Karachi. More than 50,000 front line [...]

15 05, 2018

Women across South Asia lack nutritional care they urgently need


Pregnant and breastfeeding women need better nutrition to protect children from stunting and disease. The progress on improving nutritional care of women in South Asia during and after pregnancy is slow, impacting on their children’s survival, growth and development. A three-day regional conference on actions to accelerate improvements in women’s nutrition across South Asia is [...]

15 05, 2018

Approx. 3,000,000 deaths are prevented every year due to vaccines – Experts


Approximately 3,000,000 deaths are prevented every year due to vaccines. Immunization is estimated to save 2-3 million lives every year. An estimated 19.5 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines. These views were expressed by experts of Pakistan Pediatric Association while addressing a press briefing to observe World Immunization Week held recently [...]

15 05, 2018

Need for stronger investment in children and adolescents discussed


UNICEF is hosting parliamentarians from the entire South Asia region in an effort to increase investment in children and young adults, bringing about much needed change for millions of poor and improving the prospects for healthy economic growth in the region. The South Asia Parliamentarian Platform for Children (SAPPC) being held in Dhaka, Bangladesh aims [...]

15 03, 2018

Japan provides USD 3.5 million for Educating children in Pakistan


The Government of Japan will provide a grant of 393 million JPY (approximately USD 3.5 million) to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for supporting its initiative to provide Quality Alternative Education to out-of-school children and adolescents in Pakistan. Notes to this effect were signed and exchanged here today between H.E. Mr. Takashi Kurai, Ambassador [...]

15 10, 2016

Nearly 385 million children living in extreme poverty – World Bank-UNICEF Study


Children are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty, according to a new analysis from the World Bank Group and UNICEF. Ending Extreme Poverty: A Focus on Children finds that in 2013 19.5 per cent of children in developing countries were living in households that survived on an average of [...]

15 02, 2016

Governor Sindh inaugurates Polio Vaccine Campaign


Governor of Sindh, Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan has said that for better and sustainable result during polio campaigns female workers from local communities have been hired to ensure that each and every children specially in vulnerable communities gets polio vaccine. He said this while inaugurating a three- day polio vaccination campaign in the province [...]

15 02, 2016

Dow University establishes Ponseti Club Foot Clinic to patients with congenital deformities


Foot deformities are very common in newborn children. Globally, 2,50,000 children are affected from congenital deformities. The large number of congenital deformities occurs in Africa followed by Asia. This deformity is more in boys as compare to girls. The majority of foot deformity can be treated without operation i.e. Ponseti method which is cost effective [...]

15 02, 2016

PSN organises epilepsy awareness walk


Epilepsy is a curable neurological disorder, majority of children suffering from it in Pakistan has no access to treatment facilities and education, while a large number of people consider the disease as some kind of supernatural phenomenon, these view were expressed by experts at walk organised by Pakistan Society of Neurology (PSN) to mark the [...]

15 01, 2016

Thyroid Carcinoma in Pakistan


By Saman J. Ansari, Islamabad We have all heard of various diseases associated with thyroid like goiter, hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism etcetera. Cancer of thyroid gland or thyroid carcinoma is uncommon yet it comprises of 1-2% of all human cancers and is the most frequent endocrine malignancy. The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland and is the [...]

15 08, 2014

Breastfeeding leads significant reduction in neonatal deaths – Experts


Experts at a Seminar revealed that in Pakistan, only 37 percent of infants under six months old are breastfed and despite the practice being strongly advised by global bodies including the WHO and UNICEF, only 28.8 percent of newborns are breastfed within the first hour of birth. They were addressing a Seminar organized by the [...]

15 08, 2014

Deaths from HIV/AIDS escalate; progress in TB and malaria – Study


Over 2,400 deaths from HIV/AIDS last year; mortality rates from TB and malaria declined since 2000 HIV/AIDS is claiming more lives in Pakistan than ever, according to a new, first-of-its-kind analysis of trend data from 188 countries. Mortality rates from HIV/AIDS increased 11 per cent annually from 2000 to 2013, while declines in death rates [...]

15 07, 2014

Implementation of Child Marriage Restraint Act encouraged


Sindh government had done a wonderful job through promulgating Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act 2013, but the Act still needed to be implemented in letter and spirit as the cases of early and child marriages in Sindh have not decreased yet. This was stated by participants of the Capacity-Building Session on ‘Existing Laws on Early [...]

15 02, 2014

Unending plight of child domestic workers in Pakistan


The Child Rights Movement (CRM) - a coalition of 150 NGOs in Pakistan- hold a protest in front of Islamabad Press Club and demanded the federal and provincial governments to take notice of the increasing numbers of deaths of child domestic workers in the country and ban the slavery type occupation immediately. Other coalitions like [...]