Maternal Mortality

The maternal mortality project aims to create awareness of maternal health and antenatal care during pregnancy for pregnant women in slums. The project aims to gather knowledge from women in slums to develop an action plan for maternal health in slums as well. The status of maternal health in Pakistan is poor. Despite the focus on improvement on maternal health as set out in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) a reduction in maternal mortality rate is not very significant. The maternal mortality ratio for Pakistan in 2015 was 178 (per 100,000 live births).[3] The major causes for maternal mortality are hemorrhage, hypertensive disorders, sepsis, obstructed labor and abortions.[4] All of these are largely preventable through a proper understanding, diagnosis and management of complications. The provision of antenatal health care is one major way to prevent potential health problems throughout the course of the pregnancy and to promote healthy lifestyles that benefit both mother and child.[5] While various studies exist on this issue, the pregnant woman in slums is generally outside the domain of such studies. This project allows clinical students to approach women in these settlements to learn about their knowledge and ideas about maternal health, and accessibility and affordability of such facilities.

Economic Cost of Violence Against Women

This project is concerned with identifying the economic impact of gender-based violence on

women in Lahore. The aim of this research is to highlight the gravity of the effect of violence in the lives of women, both of a short term and long-term nature, and to present it in monetary terms. The project aims to survey various victims of violence and use existing literature to create an account for the economic costs of violence. The project will produce various outputs to create awareness for the economic cost borne by victims of violence in Pakistan.