Pakistan has one of the highest rates of maternal, prenatal and child mortality recorded internationally. 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 katchi abadis (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.