Improving Institutional Provision of Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Post Abortion Care Education and Services in Sindh, Pakistan


Supported By: Safe Abortion Action Fund (SAAF)

The project “Improving Institutional Provision of Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Post Abortion Care Education and Services in Sindh, Pakistan” was initiated in January 2014 and will be completed in December 2016. Through this project, Aahung’s interventions were targeted towards the urban and semi-urban areas of Sindh where there was a high incidence of early age marriages and unwanted pregnancies. Due to the inaccessibility and unavailability of adequate SRHR services including post abortion care, many of these women would end up utilizing alternate services, which were unsafe and at times led to the death of the client. The purpose of this project was to strengthen the SRHR services in Sindh in order to improve the overall reproductive health scenario of Pakistan.

For this project, Aahung adopted an innovative strategy by partnering with both healthcare institutions as well as teaching institutes in order to build the capacity of service providers and medical & nursing faculties respectively. By training healthcare providers in institutions to provide comprehensive SRHR services, the provision of safe abortion and PAC services in the short term would be ensured. On the other hand, the integration of SRHR education in institutional teaching plans would bring about long-term change in provider capacity and judgemental attitudes towards clients.

Project Impact

2608

undergraduate and postgraduate students given comprehensive SRHR education

9

Cities participated in a national training conducted in Islamabad

13

healthcare institutes/organizations collaborated with (156 service provider’s capacity was built)

  • The areas of intervention in Sindh include Karachi, Hyderabad, Tando Muhammad Khan, Mirpurkhas, Nawabshah and Sukkur.
  • Through 7 teaching institutes, a total of 141 faculties were trained who then further taught 2608 undergraduate and postgraduate students on comprehensive SRHR education (including PAC).
  • By collaborating with 13 healthcare institutes/organizations, 156 service provider’s capacity was built through which 2237 clients received PAC services and 7447 clients received SRHR services.
  • A national training was conducted in Islamabad with participants from Lahore, Multan, Faislabad, Gilgit, Rawalpindi Abbotabad, Peshawar & Quetta.
  • Aahung also collaborated with another SAAF grantee, PEACE Foundation, and built the capacity of their service providers and staff on ‘The Holistic Management of Reproductive Health issues and prevention of Unwanted pregnancies.”
  • Aahung is in the process of developing an integrated curriculum framework to incorporate SRHR related themes into the medical curriculum at Indus Medical College, Tando Muhammad Khan.