Growing Population and lack of Adequate Health Facilities in Pakistan

Pakistan’s healthcare system faces numerous problems, limitations and contradictions. Lack of health care facilities in rural areas and expensive surgical and medical services are important causes of health decline in Pakistan. Lack of resources, inequality, inadequate and untrained human resources, structural mismanagement and gender inequality are other problems of Pakistan’s health system. Currently, 78% of the population still pays for health care out of pocket. With the increase in population and the spread of poverty, these conditions have intensified and access to cheap and high-quality health facilities in rural and urban areas has become impossible for many people. Inadequate transportation network in rural areas doubles the challenge.

The Challenge: Innovative solutions to address Pakistan’s health sector challenges