Missionary Society of St. Columban

 

Mother & Child Clinics (Pakistan)

In Pakistan, health care is not part of everyday existence. Tens of thousands are inflicted with curable diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria and polio. HIV-AIDS is a lesser but growing problem.

In particular, the statistics for tuberculosis (TB) are staggering: some 250,000 TB cases are registered every year in Pakistan, killing up to 60,000 people each year. TB, a disease of the lungs, is easily transmitted, so it spreads quickly. TB medication is expensive and difficult to obtain in Pakistan, and no new TB medicines are available to battle a disease that has often become resistant to drugs because traditional therapies haven’t been applied correctly.

Against this tragic backdrop, Columbans seek to minister to Christians and others in this predominantly Islamic nation. Much of the ministry of Columbans and other Christian groups involves providing health care to people because the government does not.

Read more about the Mother & Child Clinics in Pakistan.

$5 pays for …

  • One month of iron supplements for an anemic expectant mother
  • initial blood tests for a pregnant woman
  • a health education chart
  • gasoline for a three-village visit by a health team

$10 pays for …

  • a week’s supply of nutrient-enriched supplements a newborn
  • a blood transfusion set
  • oxygen for a newborn
  • X-rays and blood tests for diagnosing post-birth complications

$100 pays for …

  • the safe birthing of a child
  • post-services for a woman after giving birth
  • two-months salary for a health visitor
  • basic medicine kit for village health visits
  • gasoline for a week’s village visitation in the desert
  • a rabies treatment for a person bitten by a dog
  • day treatment for a seriously ill child in intensive care

The items listed in our Gifts to Give section are reflections of how past donations have been put to good use. Occasionally, we receive more donations for a project than can be reasonably applied to that project. When that happens, your gift will be used to support the work of the Columban Fathers where the need is greatest.

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