HEALTH IN PAKISTAN
IRNI reports that “health has become a luxury” in Pakistan with less that 130,000 doctors and approximately 12,000 facilities to support a nation of over 180 million people.
The World Health Organization summarizes Pakistan’s health challenges as:
- Low health expenditures and low public investment in the health sector; low focus on prevention; main expenditures for salaries and inequity in allocation of resources
- Low utilization rates in public system and inadequate institutional frameworks for outsourcing of services
- Heavy reliance on private sector and insufficient regulation and certification systems
- Health referral pyramid not respected
- Insufficient health district mapping and planning, inadequately planned human resources for health
- Transfer of critical responsibilities from federal to provincial level due to the devolution process (18th Constitutional Amendment)
- Recent and abrupt changes in the key decision makers within the Federal Ministry of Health
LRBT’s healthcare provision is contrary to Pakistan’s general system as it operates on only 4.5% administrative expenses out of the total funds raised. LRBT believes in spending the maximum on a patient’s treatment and providing them with the necessary facilities.
Friends of LRBT USA transfers US raised funds for approved projects to LRBT directly providing them full control of how the organization and service is administered. LRBT through its purpose built and appropriately equipped hospitals provide comprehensive eye-care, ranging from simple refraction to the most advanced retinal surgery and corneal transplants. LRBT has highly skilled doctors supported with cutting edge technology. LRBT provides an end to end service thereby ensuring anti-corrupt processes and systems. LRBT manages the growth and expansion of existing facilities as well as new builds and ensures that all medical professionals receive the state of the art training from within or outside of Pakistan where appropriate.
Every patient, however poor, is treated with compassion and dignity. LRBT has 19 fully equipped hospitals, 55 Community Eye Care Centers and four Outreach Clinics – as a result virtually all Pakistanis are no more than 3 hours travel away from a treatment facility.
Every day thousands of patients visit treatment centers benefiting from treatments related to:
- Refractive errors
- Diagnostic procedures including Fundus Flourescien Angiography, Optical Coherence Tomography, Field Analysis etc
- Cataract surgery
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Cornea and external eye disease
- Oculo-plastic Services
- Lacrimal (Tear Duct) disorder
- Orbital disorder
- Uveitis clinic
- Retinal disorders including vitreo-retinal surgery
- Laser treatment
- Pediatric eye care
- Low vision
Population in 2016 is estimated at 192 million growing by 2% annually, making Pakistan the world’s 6th most populous country.
21.12 million are Blind and Visually Impaired that is 11% of the total population 1.92 million Blind of which 80% or 1.53 million are Curable.
Additional 186,000 become blind every year.
18.6 million have Impaired Vision.
$ 80 average monthly income per capita .
1 of 3 people live on less than $32 per month and 91% of this is spent on food.