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Project

Strengthening Health Systems to Increase Access to Post-Pregnancy Family Planning (Qadam-Ba-Qadam)

Funder

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Partner

Acasus; World Bank; Global Financing Facility; Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Pakistan; Pakistan Federal Government; Provincial Departments of Health & Population Welfare in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan

Project Outcomes

422K

Postpartum Family Planning Clients Served

70K

Postabortion Family Planning Clients Served

Overview
2022–2025

This project seeks to ensure provincial health departments in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, and Balochistan offer quality postpartum and postabortion family planning services. The project works with Departments of Health and Population Welfare, strengthening their capacity to institutionalize and scale up high-impact practices that ensure women can access quality postpartum and postabortion family planning services.

This initiative supports the integration and scale-up of postpartum and postabortion family planning within the roll-out of universal health coverage to improve reproductive health and maternal and newborn health outcomes.

Project Activities


  • Integrate and institutionalize postpartum and postabortion family planning in provincial health systems. This includes strengthening the adoption and scale-up of high-impact practices, strengthening coordination and management platforms, and creating an enabling policy environment for the provision of postpartum and postabortion family planning services.
  • Strengthen health system capacity to implement gender-responsive social and behavior change communication strategies to generate demand for postpartum and postabortion family planning. This work is done with both the federal ministry of health and provincial health partners.
  • Improve use of data for decision-making. This activity focuses on ensuring postpartum and postabortion family planning data are integrated into centralized national reporting systems and that provincial health departments are including relevant indicators in their data collection and management.
  • Document implementation learnings to inform relevant stakeholders about adoption and scale-up of postpartum and postabortion family planning. The project assists the World Bank and Pakistan government with ensuring integration of postpartum and postabortion family planning in projects funded by the Global Financing Facility and International Development Association. Learnings are informing the government’s roll-out of universal health coverage, particularly the inclusion of postpartum and postabortion family planning.
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