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Promoting Pakistani Health & Hygiene

From Dec. 7-15, support junior Amina Zubairi and her service project focused on improving health and hygiene services in underprivileged communities in Pakistan. Zubairi is partnering with Aahung, an NGO based in Karachi, and the Aga Khan University Hospital to educate women and children around potential solutions to the ongoing hygiene crisis and to provide them with products that can help. Each kit donated can significantly reduce the chances of disease and infection, while simultaneously providing education on prevention.

More than 400 million people in Pakistan lack access to adequate healthcare, and close to 100,000 people die annually as a result of poor sanitation and water. More than half of these deaths are children under the age of 5. Zubairi’s aim is to increase access to and provide basic hygiene and health products to those in need. To meet this goal, she will travel to Karachi in the coming weeks to prepare and deliver hygiene kits and will also raise funds to assist in ongoing efforts to combat this health crisis. 

Each kit costs $25, and Zubairi’s goal is to distribute a minimum of 100 kits. “My hope is that this awareness will help combat any stigmas surrounding health and hygiene, such as the ongoing shame regarding the menstrual cycle and hygiene complications that arise from it, and that the products we deliver will assist entire families with combatting problems stemming from poor health and sanitation services,” she says. If you would like to sponsor a kit (or multiple) or make a contribution, please direct your donation to the GoFundMe page she has created to support this effort by Thursday, Dec. 14.