One of Aahung’s long term donors has been the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. Moving onwards, their current two year project in collaboration with Aahung focuses on the institutionalization of the SRHM module into the medical and nursing curricula. To initiate the institutionalization process in Sindh, the SRHM component has developed a partnership with the Indus Medical College, Tando Muhammad Khan, and Community Midwifery School in Badin. Similarly in Punjab, the SHRM component has collaborated with the University of Health Sciences in Lahore. As part of the process, a workshop on the “Holistic Management of Reproductive Health and Prevention of Unwanted Pregnancy” has been conducted in each institute with their respective faculties and students. This has been the first time where students have been directly involved in Aahung’s trainings and the responses from the participants have been extremely positive. One student said "Before, we always hesitated in asking questions related to sexual and reproductive health to our faculties as we were very shy. The workshop conducted by Aahung helped us to increase our comfort level with our faculties. We did not feel that there was a difference between the faculties and students; all the participants were treated equally. Therefore it would be easier to approach our teachers from now on."
SRHM Workshop in Indus Medical College, Tando Muhammad Khan
SRHM workshop in Community Midwifery School, Badin
Refresher with Faculties and Service Providers
As the SAAF (Safe Abortion Action Fund) project is moving towards its completion, the SRHM component conducted two combined refreshers in Karachi and Hyderabad. The Karachi refresher consisted of participants from the Lady Dufferin Hospital, Ziauddin University as well as nurses working in government institutitons. The Hyderabad refresher consisted of participants from Sukkur, Nawabshah, Hyderabad and Jamshoro. The combined refreshers provided an opportunity for the participants to share their experiences with each other on a larger platform and to develop a collaborative action plan. The Deputy Director General Nursing, Mr. Habibullah Soomro, presided over both events. Speaking on the importance of the workshop, Mr. Habibullah emphasized to the participants the need to replicate the training content into the community so that maximum people can get benefit from it and in doing so contributing towards improving the current reproductive health scenario of Pakistan.
Combined refresher workshop in Karachi