Sudden cardiac deaths result in about 15% of global mortality and a significantly large proportion of these cardiac deaths occurs in the low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In Pakistan, that number reaches almost 350,000 per year or one patient every minute and a half. Only 2% of these out of hospital cardiac arrest victims receive any cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before reaching the hospital. Almost no one survives after a cardiac arrest in Pakistan. Early effective CPR in the field by bystanders can increase the survival between 10-30%. Similarly, about 84,000 people in Pakistan die of injuries every year. A third of all injuries occur in children under the age of 15 years. Massive burden of loss of life and complications of injury is due to blood loss in the early hours of the event.
These lives can be saved by involving citizens of Pakistan to provide live saving care at the scene of cardiac arrest or injury. The “Pakistan Life Savers Programme’’(PLSP)- a national movement- will train 10 million Pakistanis in life-saving skills of CPR and bleed control. The figure of ten million trained bystanders will ensure that 5% of Pakistan’s population (1 in 20) is trained. The programme is currently being launched in Karachi and Islamabad and subsequently, through sustained efforts and partnerships, will reach out to all major cities of Pakistan.
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Government of Pakistan
Government of Sindh
Dow University of Health Sciences
National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases
Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre
Aman Health Services
Aga Khan University
First Response Initiative Pakistan
International Committee for Red Cross