Protection – Karachi

In Karachi, surprisingly given the size of the city, there are no specific child friendly spaces and no known projects with activities oriented towards adolescents and youth.

Public hospitals provide health care, physical safety and psychosocial services for children and SGBV survivors. Direct referrals and referral by partner organisations exist and are utilised.

Persons in need of artificial limbs and other required prosthetics (except dental) can avail support from the Pakistan Disability Association through established referral mechanisms.

Elderly unaccompanied females can be accommodated for food and shelter homes like the Panah shelter.

Key issues are:

  • Discriminatory attitude by services providers towards non-Pakistanis attempting to avail their services.
  • At the community level, no support or referral mechanisms are available to protect the most vulnerable individuals in these communities.

The follow points require follow up:

  • Advocacy is required with all service providers, especially the Government Welfare Department, to improve awareness of the importance of supporting the most vulnerable individuals in communities on an impartial and neutral humanitarian basis (i.e. without consideration of ethnicity, religion, tribe or nationality).
  • Implementation of sustainable community support mechanisms to enhance community capacity building by UNHCR, government counterparts and partner organisations.