Aahung’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Management (SRHM) Program prioritizes improving the quality of sexual and reproductive health services available to individuals, including young people, across Pakistan.
Evidence suggests that health care providers, both private and public, are not equipped with the necessary knowledge base and skills to be able to tackle reproductive health problems in a safe and effective manner.
Aahung focuses on providing capacity building to doctors, nurses and public health workers on critical areas of reproductive health such as client-centered care, how to take a sexual history, reproductive tract infections, sexual dysfunction, family planning and post-abortion care. Moreover, a great deal of emphasis is given to working on overcoming healthcare provider prejudices and misconceptions, particularly towards stigmatized issues such as HIV/AIDS, abortion and family planning.
A key niche area for Aahung is in working actively with pre-service health care providers who are in nursing schools and medical colleges. Aahung works closely with the administration of medical teaching institutions to evaluate gaps in the teaching curriculum. Alongside identifying needs, Aahung also develops the capacity of teaching faculty at the institutes to integrate SRHR content in their courses and provides innovative tools and modules for use with students. The goal is to have students gain knowledge and essential skills in reproductive health before they enter their practice. Moreover, students are also exposed to the ways in which SRHR content is interlinked between different disciplines, such as gynecology and obstetrics, psychiatry, dermatology and pediatrics to name a few, which allows them to develop a more holistic understanding of SRH well being. Perhaps more importantly, students learn to recognize client rights and become more aware of the underlying components of quality of care, which can be applied to all areas of medical practice.