Having access to primary healthcare is often a matter of life and death. The distribution of health facilities in Pakistan is uneven and some communities have to travel for hours to see a doctor. At Alight we believe that every human deserves human-worthy service, and access to healthcare facilities is at the core of basic human capabilities. The lack of access to health facilities becomes even a bigger problem when disasters strike – one crisis aggravates another and we have to deal with many wicked problems that require multifaceted solution.
Our approach to healthcare provision is a combination of eﬀorts to provide basic supplies and training, to educate and raise awareness of health issues, and to promote change in key hygienic behaviors. Working across Pakistan, we have reached out to nearly 50,000 patients, trained 3000 healthcare workers and established 39 health facilities in collaboration with UNHCR. Our partnerships are far- ranging – from village health committees to government agencies.
We are committed to providing reproductive healthcare facilities to vulnerable communities, and we strive to overcome obstacles such as cultural norms, social stigma, fear and conflicts that prevent women access to midwives, doctors and trained nurses.
Sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene in health centers and schools remains a challenge in Pakistan.
At Alight Pakistan we understand that community involvement is imperative for sustainable positive changes. We also have a good grasp on the local challenges, including hygiene behaviors and we consider them carefully when co- designing interventions. Our integrated WASH campaign was eﬀective in mobilizing communities to eliminate open defecation, improved safe drinking water availability, storage, usage and treatment, increased WASH amenities availability at health facilities and led to a signiﬁcant change in key hygiene behaviors.