The Abaseen Foundation has from the outset been engaged in the delivery of health services and currently operates a health centre which serves the Baghbanan area where the schools are located. It is next to NMS schools in a purpose-built unit. Initial funding was provided by Hope ’87 with donations from ANT Hiroshima (Japan) on about 1000 square yards of land donated free of cost by the community, a significant commitment.
The Abaseen Foundation was contracted to start health services in the building in 2010 with funding provided by Hope ’87, Proluka and the Austrian Development Agancy (ADA). AFPK was able to build and operationalise the BHC to provide essential services such as consultation and diagnosis, ante-natal and post-natal care, nutritional support , pathology and free or subsidized medication. Additionally health education health education and social mobilization activities were commenced and are ongoing.
The BHC saw 20,671 patients, from March 2011 to October 2012, including 3,100 girls and boys under 5 years and 7,000 women. In 2009, a comprehensive survey of 200 households in Baghbanan highlighted high levels of acute malnutrition (26.6%) and chronic malnutrition (43.1%), poor uptake of ante-natal care (14.3%), low levels of infant and child immunisation (20%) and financial problems faced at delivery (89%).
The 5,000 households of Baghbanan benefit directly from the health care services provided by the HC. In addition, there are indirect beneficiaries from the neighboring regions of Frontier Region Peshawar, FATA and the Afghan refugee camp in Shamshatoo (6-20km from Baghbanan) where there is currently very limited access to affordable primary health care provision.