Sukh Initiative

Supported by the Aman Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Aahung is an implementing partner for promoting and institutionalizing Family Life Education (FLE), which is synonymous with LSBE. The Sukh Initiative is five-year partnership between three foundations that emerged out of commitments made at the London Summit, held in 2012. It began in 2014. 

The Sukh Initiative aims to increase modern contraceptive use by 15 percent amongst married women in a population of 1 million in selected communities in Karachi. It seeks to empower women to access contraception by increasing knowledge, improving quality of services and expanding the basket of choices; contributing to the goals of FP2020. Our role is to prepare young people aged 12-22 years to be better equipped for marital life, be aware of their rights and responsibilities, and plan their pregnancies safely. The goal is to target young people prior to their childbearing years, so that they have improved knowledge related to SRHR. Our intervention also aims to ensure that young people are better able to communicate on SRHR issues and are empowered to make safe decisions regarding their reproductive health. Over the course of this project, we have been building the capacity of health care providers, community health workers, lady health workers, tele-health operators, and schoolteachers to implement FLE. Through this education, young people will learn about protecting and caring for their own bodies; healthy nutrition and hygiene; violence and preventative strategies; human anatomy and physiology; puberty and related changes; and maternal and health complications.