HEALTH In rural areas marginalized communities, women and children are susceptible to ill-health, as they do not have provisions for hygienic living conditions. PVDP along with Donors and Philanthropists organized Hygiene Promotional Sessions to train women and provided them, with Hygiene Kits. This ultimately reduced serious health issues, among women and children.PVDP’s approach to improving health is to support programs that enable community members to grow in their awareness of what causes ill health, to implement affordable ways to prevent illness, and to connect people in with other services that are available – such as clinics or hospitals. The focus of these programs is locally-determined, but commonly focuses on the health of pregnant mothers and infants, with awareness around preventing transmittable diseases, and environmental sanitation such as clean dishes and rubbish removal. The effects on families can be felt almost immediately, as mothers enjoy fewer instances of diarrhea in their households, and can approach childbirth with greater confidence in a healthy outcome for themselves and their babies.Health awareness extends into social and economic issues, as these also lead to illness and prevents wellbeing. For community people with disability and with mental illnesses, social acceptance and support is vital to enabling them to achieve to their full potential. And for women experiencing violence, fleeing political instability, the effects of trauma require counseling and livelihoods opportunities to regain health. The community-based nature of PVDP’s work enables this to happen within the context of existing social networks, building up the community itself to provide better support for vulnerable people.PVDP along with Donors initiated the start of Mobile Medical Camps to facilitate visitors in rural areas of Sindh. It is imperative that villages have access to basic medical treatment as they live in far out-reaching areas. PVDP anticipates increasing the number of Medical Camps taking into consideration the needs of villagers who suffer adversely for lack of proper medical care. Doctors from well recognized hospitals in Mirpurkhas, offer their services voluntarily so that they may treat patients for minor illnesses and who do not require hospitalization or any major surgery.To see the need of clean drinking water in the rural areas of Sindh. PVDP with the support and assistance of our donors installed hand pumps in several villages in the rural areas of Sindh. These hand pumps allowed poor villagers to draw water for, drinking purposes, washing dishes and clothes, without the need to travel far distances, for this purpose. Previously they had to collect water on foot and wash their clothes and dishes at the river’s edge. Now the women have more time to attend to their daily chores, apart from working on the fields as well.