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.
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 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.
Estrella Alcalde, Gender Advisor for Pathfinder Mozambique, is featured in the Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC) Joint Programme's 2014 Annual Report discussing the power of female condoms alongside two other UAFC partners.
Pathfinder's Tauseef Ahmed, Country Representative in Pakistan, discusses the difficulties the country faces due to its high population.