According to the Human Development Index, Pakistan ranks among the bottom 15 countries in literacy. The literacy rate among women in Pakistan is only 36 percent, with an overall rate of 50 percent. About 25 percent of the children are not enrolled in primary schools, and 50 percent of those enrolled drop out before completing primary school. Many factors contribute to this reality, including the lack of health care. Students without access to health care are much more susceptible to dropping out. Their lack of education leaves them with little hope for the future, and isolates them from society.
Currently, Barakat schools are some of the few in the region that have started providing free check-ups to their students. In the majority of the schools in Attock, such facilities are non-existent. Barakat has even gone one step further by making the check-up facility available to the families of students in addition to students themselves in emergencies. Parents and students are hopeful that this program will lighten the burden of health care costs for them. Barakat staff believe the program, in conjunction with continued community outreach, will improve attendance rates and enable students to learn more effectively in the classroom.