On the occasion of World Health Day, we present the inspiring story of Lal Pari, the first Lady Healthcare Visitors from Shimshal Valley. Lal Pari devoted more than thirty years of her life to serving her community as in-charge of the civil dispensary, Lady Healthcare Visitor (LHV) and midwife before her recent retirement from the Health Department.
The Health Sector’s Responsibility
Tackling climate change by reducing operational emissions across the globe is a top priority of the AKDN. With healthcare operations in eight countries, AKHS is committed to better understanding our carbon footprint. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates health operations to be responsible for 5-15% of a nation’s carbon emissions. According to conservative estimates, health systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) may contribute between 3-5% of their countries’ greenhouse gas emissions.
Zeeshan, a child hailing from Silgan, the remotest valley of Gilgit-Baltistan, was suffering from severe nose bleeding along with heart palpitations. The local healthcare provider had less hope that he would survive beyond a month and advised the family to take Zeeshan to Karachi for advanced treatment. With few resources, his mother was praying for a miracle to happen.
Around 2000 participants including healthcare professionals, Jamati leaders, leaders from various agencies of Aga Khan Development Network participated in a Triple ‘C’ conference organised by the Aga Khan Health Board for Pakistan (AKHBP) in collaboration with Aga Khan University (AKU) and Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan (AKHS,P). To commemorate the auspicious occasion of the Diamond Jubilee, AKHBP, brought together all Ismaili healthcare professionals of the country for the formation of the “Ismaili Health Professionals Association Pakistan (IHPAP) at a conference titled “Connecting Community to Consultation”. The objective of the association is to establish a platform of Ismaili health professionals to address the challenges faced in terms of access to quality healthcare and to identify collectively the way forward to advance the health of the Jamat. The conference also aimed to develop strategies of connecting the community to healthcare professionals by deliberating on the concept of digital health.
Mawlana Hazar Imam has communicated numerous times about the importance of staying fit and healthy. With the incidence of non-communicable disease on the rise, it is now more than necessary to make regular exercise a part of our life.
Only a minimal percentage of adults in Pakistan actively participate in any sports, games or exercise to stay fit. Nevertheless, societal changes over the past two decades have resulted in a greater need for active lifestyles and increased health awareness. Through programming, facilities and services, the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board in Pakistan is helping the Jamat to “leap into fitness”.