HDF understands that for Pakistan to become a healthy nation, we must tackle poverty in order to improve health. Tackling poverty requires a multi-sectoral action. Education and skills, livelihood opportunities, a disease-free environment and an empowered community system that responds to need, crisis, and equality all have their part to play.
For 23 years, HDF has worked to solve Pakistan’s poverty and as we recognize that health, poverty, and community development are intertwined and inseparable, our programs are designed to be multi-sectoral and cohesive.
Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, HDF directly reached out to 3 million people through 1,000 projects across 7000 villages, covering more than 35
districts. The year 2020 was a year of hardship that continues well into 2021. Most of our work has focused on reaching vulnerable communities that were economically affected in this humanitarian crisis.
Since March 2020, HDF has provided immediate relief assistance in the following capacity. Our goals for HDF’s program areas in Pakistan were clear and urgent:
- EDUCATE communities to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
- UTILIZE fully HDF’s social safety nets to reach vulnerable communities via its programs.
- DEVELOP participatory community models to end poverty in COVID-19 affected areas.
- OPTIMIZE community health by extending HDF’s primary healthcare services in partnership with government health facilities.
- ENSURE continuity of instruction for all HDF’s school children through innovation and digital means.
Over Half a Million Nutritious Meals have been provided for a month to the vulnerable.
Since the beginning of the global health crisis, our first priority has been to educate and prepare the vulnerable communities to minimize the spread of COVID-19 leading to increased morbidity and mortality in our program areas.
HDF has committed to keep its communities well informed about COVID-19 by provision of accurate and up-to-date information, enabling people to adopt safe practices and follow necessary precautions during the on-going pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to undo decades of progress in the fight against poverty, disease and illeteracy hence jeopardizing the future of generation of children.
According to the World Bank President David Malpass, “The pandemic and global recession may cause over 1.4% of the world’s population to fall into extreme poverty. In order to reverse this serious setback to development progress and poverty reduction, countries will need to prepare for a different economy post-COVID, by allowing capital, labor, skills, and innovation to move into new businesses and sectors.”
(Oct. 7, 2020)
In the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic, HDF’s relentless efforts remained undeterred. As soon as the first case of the virus surfaced in Pakistan in January 2020, HDF immediately scaled up its development programs to protect their employees and vulnerable communities from infection and food shortages. After the initial country-wide lock down, HDF reopened its Community Health Centres (CHCs) under strict SOPs ensuring the provision of health services to communities including telehealth services.
Despite several lockdowns, HDF continues to reach the most vulnerable and remote communities that have been hit the hardest, by leveraging networks, collective expertise, and continued support from generous HDF donors around the world.