Strengthening Regional Training Institutes and Expanding Community Access to Quality Family Planning Services through the Population Welfare Department, Punjab & Sindh Provinces, Pakistan
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.
Pathfinder broadened government support for the deployment of community midwives as providers of family planning services.
Building Blocks for FP2020 is designed to support and advance family planning in Nigeria and Pakistan, two countries that have made ambitious goals for improving access to reproductive health care in the next decade.
This project assists the government of Pakistan in integrating family planning and reproductive health best practices in Sindh and Punjab provinces.
A focus on family planning services and the availability of long-acting reversible contraceptive methods are part of a new program to raise the contraceptive prevalence rate and promote healthy spacing of pregnancies in Niger.
Pathfinder International head Dr Tauseef Ahmed said that most of the youth was now being dubbed “uneducated, unskilled, and devoid of aspirations”. He said growing population is a cross-cutting issue all over the world, he said.