The project ‘Improving the Quality of Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Vulnerable Women in Rural Sindh, Pakistan' has been initiated in June 2016. For this project, Aahung will be partnering with the Department of Health (DoH) Government of Sindh, National Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (NMNCH) program and Population Welfare Department (PWD). The overall objective of this project is to focus on strengthening the capacity of HCPs working in the public health system in the coastal areas of Badin & Thatta, so that they are able to deliver effective comprehensive SRHR services to clients.
Many women in rural Sindh are in need of adequate SRHR services, but are unable to seek medical help due to inaccessible healthcare facilities or due to cultural and societal norms that prevent a woman from doing so. These women are often left untreated or are forced to seek help from untrained and unskilled providers. The use of unsafe equipments and lack of follow up ultimately leads to complications and death of the client. The aim of this project is to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with SRHR services among HCPs so that clients are able to utilize services including family planning and post abortion care easily. Moreover, in order to increase the accessibility of healthcare services, this project will focus majorly on strengthening the capacity of CMWs along with other HCPs (MOs, WMOs, LHVs and FWWs) working in the public health system in the rural areas of Sindh so that they are able to deliver effective comprehensive SRHR services to clients.
Aahung has developed a two-pronged strategy for this project. At the institution level, Aahung will be collaborating with the DoH, NMNCH and PWD and focusing on improving the pre-existing policies and the endorsement of HCPs protocols for SRHR services developed by Aahung. At the individual level, Aahung will build the capacity of HCPs by conducting trainings on Value Clarification and Attitudinal Transformation (VCAT), Client Centred Approach (CCA), unwanted pregnancies, Post Abortion Care (PAC) and integrated family planning counselling. Also, Aahung will help to identify a referral network within each district for CMWs to refer to in case of emergencies.