Preventive Healthcare

Preventive Healthcare Program

The World Health Organization (WHO) cites malnutrition as the single gravest threat to the world’s public health. Improving nutrition is now regarded as the most effective form of aid because when people are malnourished, their productivity and quality of life are greatly diminished. According to WHO, malnutrition is the biggest contributor to child and maternal death, and according to The Lancet medical journal, malnutrition in the first two years of life is irreversible, as malnourished children grow up with worse health and lower educational achievements, and their own children also tend to be smaller and die younger.

Because of these statistics, SRI’s Preventive healthcare program in the Swat Valley concentrates on improving the health and nutrition of women and children who are at risk.

Most women in that part of the world do not have access to a doctor due to social constraints, and these social constraints were reinforced by the Taliban takeover in 2008, setting women back decades. There is a pushto proverb which goes: “De khazay the para ya kor dai ya gor dai,” which means that “For a woman there is either the house or the grave.” That is why SRI’s healthcare program is so important, because we send trained lady health workers to provide healthcare inside these women’s homes.

The case of Gulsanga is one example where SRI is making a difference in women and children’s health. You can see her condition from the photograph above. She had multiple problems: she was extremely underweight, very anemic and always sick. Her mother is a widow and did not have the means to take her to a doctor. After SRI intervened to treat her, she regained her health and is now a vibrant toddler; not only that, but her mother and two sisters who were also very anemic regained their health. Were it not for SRI’s health program, Gulsanga would not have had a chance to survive.

Our Goals


Dr. Ambreen Haq

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Evaluaton of SRI’s Health Program by Dr. Ambreen Haq and Plan of Action:
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SRI’s Preventive Healthcare makes a difference

SRI’s Preventive Healthcare Program serves nine villages in two Union Councils near Saidu Sharif, Swat. The Program covers 2,250 households with a combined population of 18,000 people.

SRI achieve healthcare goals by:

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Swat Relief Initiative is unique because we make every effort to ensure that our work is effective and follows the ideal concept of charity

Letter from the Founders

Dear Friends,

We have always felt a debt of gratitude to the social institutions under which we grew up: Pakistan in the 60’s.  Today, unfortunately, those institutions are but a pale semblance of what they used to be. We were privileged but came from families that, despite their station in society, gave and taught us to give of ourselves to those who were less privileged.

This background, and our subsequent achievements in life, put us in a position to help the most needy people in Pakistan.  We are most effective in Swat:  This is in the region we are from, this is where we best know the people and this is where the people know us well.

We started Swat Relief Initiative at a time when the people of Swat went through the first major trauma of three major disasters: the 2008 Taliban takeover, the ensuing 2009 war and the 2010 mega-floods.

The most vulnerable segments of Swati society are the women and children – they are our focus.  We bring the men along too, for they are key to helping develop a milieu in which women and children can grow into fully contributing members of society.

We have a holistic approach to social growth with programs in Social Mobilization, Health, Education, Economic Development and Sustainable Environment. While working in these areas of social development we partner, when necessary, with individuals and organizations that can supplement our expertise and impact.

Of course, we cannot do any of this without the help of your continuing generous contributions, which we continue to pledge will go directly to where they are needed the most: programs and projects on the ground that provide the greatest opportunity for less fortunate women and children to thrive.


Zebu and Arshad Jilani