BENEFITING: JRM Foundation
Chitral, a beautiful district located at the foot of Tirich Mir (25,289 ft) , the highest crown of Hindu Kush, is one of the remote areas in the north western territory of Pakistan. It has been a challenge to provide standard neonatal care and healthy household practices to Chitral. The newborn mortality rate (NMR) is 46 per 1,000 live births of otherwise easily preventable causes. In Pakistan, 57 percent of newborn deaths occur within the first 72 hours after birth, the majority happening in the first 24 hours.
According to WHO household pollution data, Pakistan is one of the highest childhood deaths rate countries due to Pneumonia related to Indoor Air Pollution (IAP). Wood, crop residues and animal dung are consumed in 4/5 of households for cooking, heating and lighting homes.
As a project of 8for8 organization, JRM Foundation partnered with Portneuf Medical Center, to send a team of experts in neonatal care and healthy household practices to this district. The team consists of doctors, nursing staff, volunteers and social activists.
Objectives: The team is scheduled to hold workshops on neonatal resuscitation and household education regarding healthy living. The use of chlorhexidine for cord care and timely neonatal resuscitation to prevent neonatal asphyxia, will be encouraged. Locals will be educated regarding household energy issues, IAP and its effect on child health. Living in smokeless and properly ventilated households will be encouraged.