Pakistan has one of the highest rates of maternal, peri-natal and child mortality recorded internationally. Research indicates that 40 per cent of all deaths in Pakistan are preventable. With a total of 18 million inhabitants (Karachi contributes to approximately 10 per cent of Pakistan’s total population), 60 per cent of its inhabitants live in katchiabadis (slums) often without proper water or sanitation systems. Illiteracy, poverty and lack of social security systems, further compounds poor access to healthcare for the most vulnerable in the city.