Strengthening Regional Training Institutes and Expanding Community Access to Quality Family Planning Services
With funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Pathfinder is implementing a two-year project to improve pre-service trainings at Regional Training Institutes, with focused work at Lahore (Punjab Province) and Hyderabad (Sindh Province). The project harmonizes efforts to expand and enrich quality family planning/reproductive health services through the government network of family welfare centers in two selected districts (Kasur and Khairpur) in a cost-effective and sustainable manner. This project is built on Pathfinder’s previous efforts and is recognized by the Health and Population Department as part of a consistent and continued contribution for better family health in Pakistan.
Since the project’s inception, Pathfinder staff have completed a review and revision of the existing training, "Curriculum for Family Welfare Workers." Pathfinder has worked with the Pakistan Nursing Council to incorporated training on healthy timing and spacing and post abortion care developed by Pathfinder into nursing training curriculums.
PAST PROJECT: From 2011-2014, Pathfinder broadened government support for the deployment of community midwives as providers of family planning services.
Pathfinder continues its work with UNFPA to support advocacy efforts for family planning, birth spacing, as well as population and development activities.
Building Blocks for FP2020 supports and advances family planning in Nigeria and Pakistan, two countries that have made ambitious goals for improving access to reproductive health care in the next decade.
The Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative is increasing its advocacy efforts in India this year, expanding into a new state and pursuing national-level advocacy through the private sector. The India offices of Jhpiego and Pathfinder International will join as AFP’s local partners to support this expansion, which results from a recent supplement award.
Media can play an effective role by creating awareness among a large segment of society to keep the population under control in order to better utilise diminishing natural resources.