Pakistan is a densely populated country of nearly 160 million citizens, but with less than eight doctors per 10,000 people.
Samina is one of some 100,000 female health professionals, who, over the past 16 years, have become the backbone of Pakistan’s primary healthcare system. And in a country where direct interaction between men and women is not encouraged, women like Samina are something more.
They are agents of change.
Women like Samina help reduce the risk of poverty by improving general eye health in their communities, and by detecting early signs of vision impairment among children, thus paving the way for their education and future.
Samina is part of a program that aims to increase community awareness about eye problems and strengthen the health system to promote eye health as an integrated component of primary health care.
These women improve access of millions of people in Pakistan to preventive eye care at the community level in order to reduce the prevalence of blindness.
Stand with women like Samina and support health care and sight-saving programs in Pakistan that empower women and improve the quality of life in communities all over the country.