Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN)

PAIMAN

The situation of maternal, newborn and child health in Pakistan is one of the poorest in South Asia. Despite some improvements in the 1990s, Pakistan has lagged behind many of it neighbors in terms of health and population outcomes. The infant mortality rate of 78 per 1000 live births and a recently calculated maternal mortality rate of 276 per 100,000 live births are both higher than other neighboring South Asian countries. Very high fertility rates, a high unmet need for family planning and very low rates of skilled birth attendance are some of the fundamental underlying causes for the poor health of women and children in Pakistan. There are numerous additional factors affecting this situation, including political instability, poor governance, rising religious conservatism and militancy, a vastly under-resourced public social sector, and a poorly functioning public sector health service delivery system at the district level. (Learn more about PAIMAN)