An Afghan girl’s dilemma

Years of war have depleted Afghanistan of resources and eroded their ability to care for the sick.  The health system is plagued and the standards are low.  Thousands of Afghans travel to Pakistan in search of medical treatment.  Poor and limited healthcare infrastructure is causing the numbers to grow. ‘My daughter would have died if […]


Ali Hasan, a victim of hit-and-run accident

Eight year-old Ali Hassan was a victim of a hit-and-run accident. Coming from a dysfunctional family, he also suffered parental neglect following abandonment by his father, and family violence. His mother had sent him, along with his older sister, to work as domestic workers. His tasks included dish-washing and cleaning of the car. Their wages […]


Parmin Gul – A widow from Mohmand Agency

Parmin’s life did not turn out the way she had wished. She was married off at the tender age of 15 years, bore two children, and was a widow at age 22. Her entire world had been torn apart. She was brought up to believe in the ideals of motherhood and the sanctity of marriage. Widowhood, hence, has had […]


Story of Sakina Bibi

Sakina Bibi, an elderly woman aged 78, lived in extreme poverty. She had no source of income and lived an impoverished life with her two disabled adult children – a son and a daughter-in-law, both deaf and dumb – and two grandchildren. She was destitute and lived off the charity of her neighbours and the […]


Sidra’s ordeal

Tears welled up in the eyes of Sidra’s father as he spoke about the illness of his 10 year-old daughter and his inability to meet the cost of her treatment. Lean, pale and restless, Sidra tossed and turned in pain on the hospital bed.  She seemed extremely undernourished and  deprived of all life’s amenities.  She seemed […]


Faiza – Victim of violence

Faiza, a recent divorcée aged 28 years, was born to a poor family. Face down, she lay motionless on the hospital bed, with both her legs fractured. One leg was plastered while the other, which had sustained multiple fractures, awaited surgery. The surgery was possible only if the financial costs were met. She had no […]


Juma Khan, the refugee

Juma Khan was forced to migrate from North Waziristan to the city of Peshawar, and a few years later, to the outskirts of Islamabad, just to make a living. He was born in Pakistan to refugee parents from Afghanistan, and despite having spent 38 years in Pakistan, was still tagged as a refugee. He was illiterate, had […]


CSOs contribution to universal health coverage into the Post-2015 agenda

Central to the post-2015 development agenda discussions is the goal of achieving universal health coverage as a quest for better health care, a demand for equity and a promise to eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 through sustainable development. Universal health coverage is not a new phenomenon, many countries including Japan and the United Kingdom had achieved […]


Spatial Relationships: Does Global Health Aid Go Where It’s Needed?

This is a joint post with Yuna Sakuma.  Funding for health in any country doesn’t always go where it’s needed most.  But this is particularly true where donors and national governments have to decide how to distribute scarce resources within a country and coordinate their efforts.  Often, governments don’t know where donors are spending their health funds, and […]