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Programme de Médecins du Monde pour les femmes au Pakistan



mothers die every year in childbirth


child in 11 dies before their fifth birthday


of women in Punjab are married before the age of 17


Women and children, the initial victims

For the people of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), who have been displaced by the conflict affecting this region, there is little chance of returning to their native village. The local health system is very fragile and cannot cope with such an influx of refugees. There are also many natural disasters in the region: floods, landslides and earthquakes, which increase population movement and delay access to care. As is often the case, women and children are the most affected: only 30% of them have access to care. Too many women die during pregnancy or labour, from haemorrhages, various infections or from eclampsia. Too many children die from asphyxia at birth, from diarrhoea or from pneumonia in their early years.


A taboo subject

In the east of the country in the Punjab, cultural and religious practices prevent young girls from obtaining family planning. In this region, where a quarter of the population is between 9 and 19 years old, women are married very young and have many early pregnancies. There is an enormous need for advice and sexual and reproductive healthcare, yet the social workers struggle to address these issues.

Doctors of the World comes to the aid of displaced people in Pakistan© Sara Farid
Doctors of the World comes to the aid of displaced people in Pakistan© Sara Farid

What we do

People deprived of healthcare


Since 2009, Doctors of the World has supported healthcare facilities in KPK. Our mobile medical teams provide general medical and sexual and reproductive health consultations for displaced people in seven health centres. Following the training of medical personnel and social mobilisation, two of these centres are now managed directly by the Ministry of Health.


Workshops are organised in the communities to raise awareness and provide health education, particularly with regard to the immunisation of children and reproductive health.  Finally, training focusing harm reduction linked to disasters has also been included in the programme.

Did you know?

On the Afghan border, the tribal zones are the epicentre of the conflict in which the Pakistani army is fighting various groups of Islamic insurgents. They use this mountainous region as a thoroughfare or as a place of occupation, both of which cause massive population displacement.



In 2016

We have:

  • Taken in 188,105 people for primary healthcare
  • Inoculated  25,512 children
  • Provided 154,686 medical consultations
  • Screened 38,705 children for nutritional problems
  • Trained 325 people
Awareness raising and health education workshops, especially on the vaccination of children, are held within the communities ©Lam Duc Hien
Awareness raising and health education workshops, especially on the vaccination of children, are held within the communities ©Lam Duc Hien

Women and children



Doctors of the World supports the Ministry of Health with the implementation of the sexual and reproductive health section of its youth health plan. So, since September 2015, the association has been working in the urban and peri-urban areas of Lahore in the 17 centres for adolescents, which have been recently created by the Population Department.  Our teams intervene to optimise the operation of these centres, to improve tools and train the medical personnel, particularly on questions of sexual and reproductive health which is suitable for adolescents.



In 2016

We have:

  • Trained 14 psychologists
  • Supported 17 centres for adolescents
Start of the operation in the Dar-ul-Amans.
35 Dar-ul-Amans are opened up in the country.
Start of the work with the victims of the conflict in the KPK.
Conclusion of the work in the Dar-ul-Amans, which is entirely managed by the Department of Social Affairs.
Launch of a SRH project in the adolescents’ centres in Lahore.

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