Gallup Pakistan has done extensive work on the subject of Health, Hygiene and Sanitation with special reference to their awareness. Gallup/Healthcare provides extensive healthcare data to the pharmaceutical industry in Pakistan. In the healthcare sector Gallup Pakistan has been at the forefront of behavioural studies regarding Polio. Gallup Pakistan is striving to bring newest research techniques in Pakistan using our extensive international partners in academia as well as in Research world.
- Health Care, Lifestyle and Diseases
Research is an unexplored aspect in all fields in our country especially in health and
healthcare. As we look into the causes, we often come across certain key problems.
Firstly, there is unavailability of data from the local set up on most subjects. Consequently,
the training, education of our medical doctors and ultimately the practice of Physicians and
Health Professionals is based on facts and figures borrowed from foreign countries. They
might not be entirely applicable to our unique circumstances.
2. More Attention Towards Health
Gallup Pakistan has conducted several polls and surveys on health in the past few years. Apart from seeking information on current problems, these surveys aim to find out more about the people’s attitudes toward their health as well as their views on the health facilities available to them.
3. Water Problems
Access to safe drinking water is a crucial problem facing both the urban and the rural population in Pakistan. Several surveys have been conducted by Gallup Pakistan in this regard to estimate the nature and seriousness of the problem. In a survey in 2006, Gallup Pakistan found out that 79% of the people use the same water for all purposes and that only 21% of the people use separate water for drinking. 48% of the respondents revealed that they obtain their water simply from the tap, 33% had a personal motor pump, 10% used a hand pump, 4% used a tap outside the house and only 1% obtained water from a well. Amongst those who used separate water for drinking, tube wells are the primary source of drinking water for 27% of them, 26% purchased it and 23% obtained it from some other source.
4. Food for Thought
Medical scientists may or may not react, but to the lay-person the finding suggests room for research: The diabetes factor shows significantly higher in the NWFP than in other parts of Pakistan. In a Gallup poll about dieting habits, ‘due to diabetes’ was a reason for dieting that showed up at a percentage of 15 in Sarhad, which was significantly higher than elsewhere in Pakistan. The traditionally gourmandising Punjab logged in at 10 percent, so the incidence of diabetes cannot simply be explained in terms of a Pathan penchant for starch and sugar.
5. (2000-2016) Perceived Importance of Walk/Exercise: 20% decrease in respondents in 2016 than in 2000 who believe that walk/exercise is important for good health and well-being.
According to a Gallup Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2000 (16 years ago) respondents were asked how important they perceived exercise and walk to be for their health. 76% respondents said that it is very important, 16% said that it is somewhat important while 6% said that it is ‘very little’ to ‘not important at all’. 2% did not respond.
6. 35 years ago, 59% Pakistanis said the main problem of their village was agricultural -22 Jul 2014
Thirty years ago, a nationally representative sample of men and women, from across the four provinces was asked “In your view, what is the main problem of your village/locality?” Responding to this, 16% said health facilities, 2% said shortage of water, 6% said hygiene, 1% said food and 1% said housing facilities. 2% of the respondents mentioned education, 1% said electricity whereas 59% said the problem was related to agriculture. 1% replied peace, 5% mentioned others and 6% did not respond.
7. Breast-Feeding Monitoring Study for Save the Children
This study focused on the importance of early breast-feeding and the reasons for mothers to be aware of this importance. The main objectives were to determine what influences a mother to make her choices for feeding her newborn, including the impact of the immediate surrounding on the women/family’s decision making. It also gauged the role of governments in bad feeding practices because they do not monitor Code violations or neglect to provide an enabling environment for mothers to breast-feed. Additionally, the role of companies who violate the Code was also monitored along with the impact of health practitioners who reinforce inappropriate recommendations. Of particular interest was to what extent health workers are targeted by companies producing breast-milk substitutes (BMS), encouraging them to promote their products to mothers. There were three groups for gathering information comprising of mothers with infants up to 6 months of age, health Professionals and information items on infant feeding in Health Facilities. The sample was nationally representative of 4800 individuals.
8. Health infrastructure in Pakistan lacking: Gallup Pakistan report cited in Pakistan Today
In a report by Gallup Pakistan short roundup of health infrastructure in Pakistan 2000-2015 based on Pakistan Economic Survey 2015-2016, it is mentioned that “Pakistan was unable to meet its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on health and ranks 149 in 188 countries in the first global assessment of countries. One of the most ignored parts of healthcare in Pakistan over the years has been the provision of medical facilities for cancer patients. In the developing world, nearly 20% of cancers are due to infections such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human papillomavirus infection. Early detection through screening is useful.
9. Majority Of Pakistanis Believe Health, Education, Utilities And Road Infrastructure Improving: Survey
Despite the negative image of the performance of various institutions in Pakistan and low performance rating of the government, majority of Pakistanis believe that in the past one year there have been some improvements, says a latest survey. According to a Gilani Research Foundation survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 26 per cent of the respondents believed the road infrastructure has improved, 23 per cent said education sector has improved, 20 per cent said health sector has gone better and nine per cent believed there has been some development in the field of water, gas and electricity.
10. Measuring Vaccine Confidence: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine collaborates with Gallup Pakistan and ORB International, UK
This special press release by Gallup Pakistan presents the findings of a multi-country survey of confidence in vaccines and immunisation programmes in Pakistan, Georgia, India, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom (UK) – these are the results of an initial pilot for the development of a Vaccine Confidence Index (VCI).
11. Big Data Analysis-Report 1
Short Roundup of Health Infrastructure in Pakistan
12. Health Cyberletter Public awareness about Risk factors of Oral Cancers in Pakistan – Jun-Jul 2011
13. Health Cyberletter Special Edition on Public Awareness about Dengue Virus – Sep – Oct 2011
14. Health Cyberletter Public Awareness about Hepatitis B and C – Jul-Aug 2011
15. Health Cyberletter Perceptions and preferences of Public for Healthcare in Pakistan – Feb-Mar 2011
16. Health Cyberletter Global Study on Patient-Doctor Communication Edition – April- May 2011
17. Health Cyberletter Health and Nutrition in Pakistan – Dec 2008
18. Health Cyberletter- April 2015
In this edition, Gallup Pakistan would like to present findings of a nation-wide study on public perception about health, including the quality of life, information about health, personal and family health.
19. Health Cyberletter – December 2012
In this edition of the Gallup Pakistan Health Cyberletter, we present findings of a nation wide study on how Pakistanis view the water they are using for drinking and other purposes.
20. Healthcare Cyberletter-July 2015
This Cyberletter aims to present findings of a nation-wide study on public perceptions about health, including quality of life, information about health, personal and family health.
21. Gallup & Gilani Cyberletter on Healthcare- A National survey on Public Perceptions about Stroke (February-March 2013 Edition)
22. Gallup & Gilani Cyberletter on Healthcare- A National survey on Public Perceptions on Clean and Safe Drinking Water (November-December 2012 Edition)
23. Gallup & Gilani Cyberletter on Healthcare- A National survey on Public Perceptions on Health and General Wellbeing (September-October 2012 Edition)
24. Gallup & Gilani Cyberletter on Healthcare-Study on Public Awareness about Risk factors of Oral Cancers in Pakistan June-July 2011 Edition
25. Gallup & Gilani Cyberletter on Healthcare- A national survey on Public awareness about Hepatitis B and C (July 2011)
26. Gallup & Gilani Cyberletter on Healthcare/ Special Issue on Attitudes towards Tele-medicine (Feb-March 2011 Edition)
27. Gallup & Gilani Cyberletter on Healthcare-Global Study on Patient Doctor Relationship (April-May 2011 Edition)
28. Gallup & Gilani Cyberletter on Healthcare/ Global Study on Patient Doctor Relationship (April-May 2011 Edition)
29. Gallup & Gilani Cyberletter on Healthcare- A National survey on Public Perceptions on Smoking (December-January 2011-12 Edition)