Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

In the Keamari Town Camp for flood survivors relocated to Karachi, a woman with grey hair and strong capable hands sweeps the inside of her tent. It may be nothing more than a plastic sheet held down by four pegs, its makeshift doors flapping in the wind, but it is the hearth of her home. […]


According to Pakistan’s National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), about 80% of deaths and 90% of illnesses in this country result from diseases which are considered preventable. If that statistic wasn’t startling enough, here’s another. Every ten minutes, a child dies in Pakistan from a disease that is preventable. Death by preventable disease. It makes […]


Every few months, the narrow corridors of land on the edges of the Karachi Cantonment railway tracks are inhabited by gypsies. In the shade of thorny shrubs and at the foot of garbage heaps, they set up tents made of sticks and brightly-coloured, floral-printed cloth. When the train passes, it blows and blows its horn […]


One of the first things Sahar Ali of Panos impresses upon me is that the HIV virus spares no one. “Anyone can get HIV/AIDS. Every one of us is vulnerable,” she said gesturing to herself and me. Through her employing non-government organisation, Sahar and her team have been recording oral testimonies of Pakistani women living […]