Poverty is widespread amongst the Pakistani population. Especially in rural areas and urban slums the majority is pronouncedly deprived in their well-being, and suffers poverty in many di­men­sions. 60% of Pakistan’s po­pu­la­tion is poor[1]: they live on under US$2/ day and are unable to acquire the basic goods and services for survival with dignity.  23% live under US$1/day, and are seen as extremely poor. 52% of the women and 30% of the men have no edu­ca­tion[1]. A huge part of the population suffers inadequate physical security, lacks voice, and has insufficient capacity and oppor­tunity to better their lives. All these problems are more pronounced for poor women and their children[1]. In general, poor young and uneducated women and their babies are especially vulnerable to mortality and morbidity risks[1].  Teenagers from poorer households are 12% more likely to begin child­bearing compared with their peers from wealthier households