UM Healthcare Trust

Affordable healthcare for rural Pakistan

Mission

Umrana Mumtaz Healthcare Trust (UM Healthcare Trust) aims to provide subsidised and affordable healthcare services to the rural communities in Pakistan.

Establishment

The trust was established and registered in May 2004 in Islamabad, Pakistan in loving memory of Mrs Umrana Mumtaz who died of cancer in 2003 as part of her will.

The Need

Pakistan is experiencing an acute shortage of qualified healthcare specialists and adequate health facilities in rural areas of Pakistan.  For a population of over 160 million people, there are less than 110,000 registered medical doctors and  no more than 1,000 government run hospitals. Furthermore, Pakistan has one of the highest infant (86.8/1000) and maternal (170.8/1000) mortality rates in the region.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 70% of Pakistanis never get to see a doctor in their entire life and instead rely on Lady Health Workers (LHWs) for their medical needs. These LHW are government trained healthcare workers who operate out of their homes in rural areas of Pakistan providing primary and maternal care. There are over 100,000 such healthcare workers in Pakistan, each responsible for a community of about 1,000 people in their region.


 

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