In Pakistan 25% of married women have an unmet need for family planning. Maternal mortality remains high, at an estimated 276 deaths per 100,000 live births. Infant mortality remains at 78 deaths per 1000 live births. Within the framework of Financial Cooperation (FC), the German Government has been supporting Reproductive Health in Pakistan, including Comprehensive Family Planning Services, for several years. Further investment in reproductive health services is being made through a Rural Family Planning Project, with a total volume of EUR 7.5 million; the aim 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 expected gains out of the selling of contraceptives and the provision of services are expected to amount to EUR 1.3 million.
The grant has been made to the Provincial Governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab as well as to FATA and GB, whereby technical implementation will be undertaken by 4 non-governmental organisations, namely Greenstar, DKT, Rahnuma/FPAP and Aga Khan Health Services Pakistan (AKHSP).
Over 3 year of project implementation, it is intended to procure contraceptives that shall provide up to 630,00o couple years of protection, and to construct and renovate a number of basic health facilities and maternity wards in rural areas of the 4 targeted Provinces, which are Punjab, FATA, Gilgit Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A network of healthcare providers shall be developed and health workers, community midwives and mobilizers trained. In addition, Village Health Committees will be established and e-health technology to connect selected primary health centers with higher healthcare facilities are going to be introduced. Information – Education - Communication activities to raise awareness and behavioural change of target groups, including men, as well as the creation of a ‘call center’ for young adults are also planned.