“I pay Rs400 in transport to come to this ER,” says three-year-old Amin’s mother. As the mother of a three-year-old boy and a one-year-old girl, at 25, Shumaila is already familiar with the adversity that comes with childhood illnesses. “Last month I came to this ER because he had measles. Today he has vomiting and loose motions so I’ve been here since 8 in the morning.”
Shumaila’s husband works in a garments factory but is not permanently employed. Their house rent, at Rs.5,000, eats away a significant proportion of their income. But she is thankful for the quality medical services and free medicine that she can get from ChildLife’s ER. If Karachi had 5 such ERs, access to quality medical facilities could dramatically improve for the underprivileged of this city.