Mother’s Day Gift to Pakistan - German Government support for Mother / Child Health (MCH) and Reproductive Health (RH) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and northern Punjab (NP)
9th May 2016 – Karachi. Mother’s Day 2016 saw the Government of Germany giving a unique gift to the people of Pakistan by supporting Mother / Child Health and Reproductive Health interventions in KP, FATA GB and NP with a financial contribution of 7.5 million Euros, over a period of three (03) years starting 2016. The German Government support has been channeled to Pakistan through the Economic Affairs Division under a bilateral Agreement between the two Governments.
The implementing partners for the Project are Greenstar Social Marketing Pakistan, DKT International, Rahnuma (FPAPA) and the Aga Khan Health Services Pakistan (AKHSP), who will be carrying out RH and MCH interventions in 5 districts of KP, 8 districts of NP, 4 Agencies in FATA and 1 district in GB. The purpose of the Project is to contribute to improving access of the population, especially the poor and vulnerable groups, to improved demand-oriented, affordable, accessible and acceptable reproductive health services. The focus of the Project will be on rehabilitation and equipping of 20-30 basic public health facilities, provision and distribution of contraceptives, training of doctors, Lady Health Visitors (LHV), Lady Health Workers (LHW) on reproductive health services, promoting behavior change in the target groups including men, building a renovating private health facilities, expansion of Family Health Centers to an upgraded maternity facility, renovation and equipping of maternity wards, development of a e-health system.
The Signing Ceremony of Separate Agreements between partner Organizations took place at Greenstar Social Marketing Pakistan’s Head Office in Bahria Complex-III Karachi. Present on the occasion were Country Director KfW Pakistan Mr. Wolgang Moellers, Head of Health Sector KfW Pakistan Dr. Masuma Zaidi. The partners were represented by Dr. Syed Aziz ur Rab for Greenstar, Mr. Dawar Warraich for DKT, Mr. Kamal for FPAP and Dr Sharif for AKHSP. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Moellers said that such initiatives are meant to make underserved people have access to state-of-the-art health services at their doorstep. He expressed his confidence that the people of Pakistan will make maximum use of the support to help improve the health of mothers and children in Pakistan. He congratulated each partner on the work that they were during for population stabilization in the country and for improving health of women in Pakistan. All implementing partners thanked the German Government and KfW for the support and reiterated that they will strive to make these efforts sustainable over the period of time.