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Working together to reduce maternal, child mortality in Pakistan

20 October, 2014, Karachi, Pakistan: Thousands of women and newborns in Pakistan die each year as a result of preventable complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Pakistan’s maternal mortality ratio at 276 per 100,000 live births (2006-2007 Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey) is one of the highest in South Asia.Most of these deaths can be prevented if there were enough properly trained, competent and supported midwives working in the communities and in a functional health system, providing high quality care.

Today, the Maternal & Child health Integrated Program (MCHIP) signed a MoU with corporate partner Pfizer Pakistan Limitedwhich allows them to collaborate in improving maternal and neonatal mortality together.

The two parties plan to work together on finding ways toincreaseaccess to essential drugs, providing information to new mothers through a mother’s booklet and increasing awareness of important micronutrients such as iron-folic acid use through health workers.

Held at MCHIP/Jhpiego’s head office in Karachi, the participants of the signing ceremonyincluded Country Manager, Dr Farid Khan from Pfizer and Mr. Farid Midhet - Chief of Party MCHIP/Jhpiego.

About MCHIP: The Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), led by Jhpiego in collaboration with Save the Children is implementing the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Services Project, which is a component of the larger USAID/ Pakistan’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program. The Project aims to improve access of women and children to health services by strengthening existing public and private health sector facilities and networks in Sindh Province. Contact: najeeha.salim@jhpiego.org

 

About Pfizer:Pfizer Pakistan Limited is a local subsidiary of Pfizer Inc. global leader in pharmaceuticals, specializing in the production of world class treatments in key therapeutic areas such as Cardiovascular, Pain Management, Central Nervous System and  in the advancement of medical and disease related education and awareness in Pakistan.