Pakistan remains an impoverished and underdeveloped country, which for decades has suffered domestic and regional unrest. But Smile Train offers hope to the poorest of the poor.
170 million population
55% adult literacy rate
64 average life expectancy age
60% of population lives off less than $2 a day
- active partner surgeons
- free cleft surgeries provided
Pakistan has the second largest Muslim population in the world after Indonesia. Only 55 percent of adults in Pakistan are literate and the average life expectancy is about 64 years, 167th in the world. Low levels of spending in the social services and high population growth have contributed to persistent poverty and unequal income distribution. Pakistan’s extreme poverty and underdevelopment continue to be key concerns, and will bring challenges in the future.
Astonishingly, despite so many challenges, Smile Train Pakistan has performed 28,800+ surgeries to date and continues to grow as our programs evolve.