Achieving healthcare equity, eliminating disparities and improving health of all groups is an overarching goal of Alif Se Insaniyat. To ensure that humans regardless of gender, race, religion, economic or cultural background have fair opportunity to attain their full health potential despite demographic, social, or geographic strata. In order to realistically progress health equity requires a concerted and sustained effort to improve healthcare facilities to populations where quality health care is restricted.
With Covid-19 claiming lives, uprooting economies and affecting social movement worldwide, it is now more than ever that we need to address health inequity. With urban residents accessing quality healthcare, it is the rural population, the incarcerated individuals, the economically disadvantaged individuals that need attention and support. With Alif Se Insaniyat we aim to address a series of objectives to reduce health inequity.
With its ever growing population, Sindh Pakistan suffers from shortage of health care facilities especially in the rural districts. With lack of access to quality hospitals and clinics, these populations do not have adequate access to vaccines such as polio, malaria, hepatitis or HIV. Alif Se Insaniyat aims to provide adequate access to healthcare especially in the affected areas for containment of such diseases by travelling to rural Sindh along vaccines and health care professionals. Additionally, with the release of COVID-19 vaccines, there will be inevitable increase in health inequity especially to the low income households. We will be working to reduce the inequities by partnering with research organizations and government to ensure vaccines are delivered and administered in rural population as well.
Due to the inadequate facilities in terms of their number and quality in rural areas, the residents also suffer from lack of basic diagnostic assessments which increases risks of misdiagnosis and incorrect treatment. We aim to work for the provision of adequate quality diagnostic services and approved medication to ensure accuracy of results for early diagnosis and treatment. Through our mobile hospitals travelling across the province of Sindh, we provide free of cost necessary procedures pertaining to cataract operations which is the leading cause of blindness in Pakistan.
As we work to reduce health inequity, our first objective is to ensure individuals are aware of health rights and health risks prevalent in the world today. Due to lack of adequate awareness in rural as well as urban populations, individuals are not aware of basic health issues and how they can/may be at risk of contracting infectious and deadly diseases. Most importantly the stigma attached to certain conversation about health such as mental health problems of breast cancer or cervical cancer or sexual health hinders individuals from understanding their prognosis which if anything, worsens the conditions.
Alif Se Insaniyat conducts sessions pertaining to breast cancer awareness for particularly vulnerable women who are incarcerated and serving time in prisons with access to highly qualified breast surgeons. Similarly, we meet our objective of reducing health inequity by educating the masses of mental health and socially taboo areas such as sexual health. Whilst educating general population we also aim to instill independent mindset in health practitioners to ensure quality sexual heath is provided to patients with absence of judgment.
With increasing harassment against women reported on daily basis with perpetrators in the form of stranger ex spouses, friends, employers or others, Alif Se Insaniyat works towards providing opportunities to women to speak against such harassments and resort to legal action with our aid and assistance.
We also work with individuals and communities to change norms that perpetuate gender based violence and exploitation of young girls and women in places of home or outside. We engage with the legislative bodies to strengthen laws and various other legal mechanisms to advance women rights and reform policies that discriminate.
Our multi facet approach works towards targeting hindrances and barriers that impede women from reaching their true potential. By facilitating skillful women in interior areas of Pakistan and abroad, we aim to ensure that women entrepreneurs are encouraged to start their small scale businesses where Alif Se Insaniyat will assist in facilitating access to buyers, markets, financial and technology training among others ensures success for these females as business women and change makers in their own respective communities.
Education is a universal right granted to every child regardless of gender. Yet, there are communities who refuse to educate young girls due to low income background, harassment of girls along school route, non availability of female teachers and extended travel time to school. With an increase in low literacy rates and decreased female enrolment in schools every year in countries affected by fragility and conflict, it is the marginalization based on socioeconomic status, gender, ethnicity, language, religion, disability and location which become drivers of education inequality. Ali Se Insaniyat independently and in collaboration with philanthropic foundations works to provide a unique blend of strategic, technical means of funding in support of innovations to achieve better results.
We aim to achieve our objective of increasing female school enrolments and completion through donating of basic facilities in the form of desks, chairs, text books, learning materials, teachers, learning tools, among others. Most importantly we seek to create awareness among the rural population about the importance of educating young girls who can then contribute to the expenses of the household. Through our collective partnerships, we aim to put gender equality at the heart of national education systems to ensure all girls and children are enrolled in schools and complete schools as well.