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News/Updates (October 2012 – September 2013)

Induction and Capacity building of New Service Providers

Fourteen new providers attended the induction training held at Chakwal during May 20th – 24th, 2013 on comprehensive family planning with a focus on infection prevention.

Feedback of Participants on MSS trainings

“I had a wonderful experience during the Marie Stopes FP training. My favorite part of was the practical sessions. Such sessions must continue in future for skill development of service providers.”
(Urban Provider – Chakwal)

“Training was very productive; we have learnt latest updates and techniques of family planning methods which we didn’t know of previously. I am looking forward to being a part of more similar upcoming events like this”.
(Rural Provider – Chakwal)

Project Success Story

Client: Nasreen Akhtar
FHE: Rizwana Jaffar

Thirty year old Nasreen Akhtar lives in the rural area of the Chakwal district, Punjab. Married at an early age of 18, she has two children, a son and a daughter. She has never used any type of contraception or modern Family Planning (FP) method due to the stigma attached with the subject. Lack of comprehensive information has made her afraid to use these services or listen to women who can provide a better understanding of these services.

Thus, she was not interested in the FP services and did not pay heed to the healthy timing advice which Rizwana Jaffar, her local Field Health Educator (FHE) provided to her. She believed herself to be healthy since her previous pregnancies, which were a year apart, had not given her any difficulties.

Ten weeks ago, when her son was just beginning to crawl, Nasreen learned that she was pregnant again. However unlike the last pregnancies Nasreen was constantly bed ridden, feeling lethargic and feverish with severe stomach and back cramps. Her condition kept getting worse until the pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. During this time, her house work suffered immensely and the children were neglected as there was no one to look after them.

After recovering, Nasreen met Rizwana again and requested comprehensive information from her regarding FP methods. Rizwana addressed all of Nasreen’s concerns regarding side effects and helped to facilitate communication between her and her husband on birth spacing methods. She also informed them of the MSS Suraj Social Franchise Providers in their locality.

Nasreen opted for a Femplant since she sought a long term FP method. She was still upset due to her miscarriage and chose this service instead of the IUCD because the procedure was not vaginally invasive and she could see the whole process and the provider while it was being performed.

Rizwana accompanied Nasreen to the urban provider as the local/rural provider was not certified to provide implants. After receiving further counseling from the provider, she maintained her decision to opt for a long term method.

This took place ten weeks ago. Since this time, Rizwana has visited Nasreen two times, and can see sure signs of her regaining her strength and coloring. Nasreen is happy, feeling safe, and free from an unplanned pregnancy and able to provide adequate care to her children

Project Meeting with Stakeholders

    • Date – 29th – 30th April 2013
    • Participants – The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, WHO, MSS, GS and Ministry of Health (MoH), and Ministry of Population Welfare (MoPW)
    • Venue – Pearl Continental, Lahore, Pakistan
    • Objective – To provide project updates to government officials, WHO, and Packard Foundation
    • Outcomes – Follow-up decisions included:
      • Discussion regarding scope of qualitative studies.
      • Dr Adnan, Research and Development Solutions (RADS), to draft a one page document including references to this discussion
      • Telecom to be conducted for finalization of qualitative studies
      • Packard Foundation and WHO to visit study sites during 2013.