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'Behind the Mask': Pakistan's first online interactive documentary focuses on lady health workers

04:35 PM | 29 Apr, 2023
'Behind the Mask': Pakistan's first online interactive documentary focuses on lady health workers
Source: Internet

Public Services International (PSI) recently launched Pakistan’s first online interactive documentary experience that provides critical insight into the lives of lady health workers, who are on the frontline against infectious diseases, saving hundreds of lives every single day.

Lady health workers are a vital part of a government program that was developed in 1994 to provide basic healthcare services to underprivileged communities in rural and low-income urban areas. They have played a crucial role in polio vaccine dispensation, pre-and post-natal awareness and healthcare for rural mothers, health education and promotion, family planning, and most recently, for Covid-19.

The docu-series will be divided into episodes, and the key episode, "Behind the Mask: Pakistan," focuses on the struggles faced by healthcare workers, specifically in Pakistan. It chronicles their challenges and the impact of Covid-19 on their lives. The episode features Hassena, a lady health worker who, along with her colleagues, formed the All-Sindh Lady Health Workers and Employees Union (ASLHWEU) to advocate for better working conditions and wages. The documentary sheds light on the difficult working conditions, low pay, inflation and wage stagnation, and harassment that lady health workers face.

PSI campaigns for flood relief, the restoration of the health risk allowance for health workers, the provision of the service structure for lady health workers, and the cancellation of debt, including Pakistan’s sovereign debt as part of climate reparations.

Since the documentary was filmed, the health risk allowance has been withdrawn for healthcare workers, despite being constantly at risk, treating patients with infectious diseases. Issues around wages and hiring, along with the lack of funding for the healthcare sector, continue to build, and the recent devastating flood has created additional health crises.

The floods have displaced at least 7.9 million people and damaged or destroyed more than 2 million houses and 1,460 health facilities, wiping out a large part of the country's agriculture. Frontline workers are struggling to address the immediate crisis of injured and displaced people while the spread of water-borne diseases and limited medical supplies continue to create further hardship. Many Lady Health Workers have been affected by the floods through displacement and illness.

Overall, Behind the Mask: Pakistan is a poignant portrayal of the struggles faced by healthcare workers, particularly lady health workers, and highlights the need for better working conditions, wages, and support in the healthcare sector. The documentary is a call to action, urging the government and stakeholders to prioritize the well-being of frontline workers and ensure that they have the resources they need to continue providing essential services to the most vulnerable communities.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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