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Project News Updates/Highlights for 3rd and 4th Quarters

Community Support Group (CSG) Success Story Highlights

Date
7th and 10th September 2011

CSG Venues

Bagra and Gudwalian, District Haripur

Outcome

The attendees of both meetings actively participated in the CSG sessions and gave a positive feedback from their communities about the Family Planning (FP) messages they had shared with them from the earlier CSG meetings. They gave constructive suggestions like more detailed visiting schedules and revision of material during follow up CSG meetings.

Attendees

Each CSG was attended by 10 community male stakeholders/gatekeepers that included landowners, farmers, labourers, government employees, shop owners, school teachers and an Imam (local cleric from the mosque), etc.

Disclaimer:
This document is an output from a project funded by the UK department for International Development (DFID) and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) for the benefit of developing countries. The views expressed are not necessarily those of DFID/AusAID.

Participant feedback

"(After attending the CSGs) I talked to the youngsters/newly married (males) of my community, since they are the ones who will be starting their families and can benefit the most from this information."

Maqbool Ahmed, landowner, (CSG member from Bagra area, District Haripur)

"The purpose of our gathering is highly significant from every angle, especially where family health is concerned. And healthy children (due to family planning and spacing) will result in a healthy community/society."

Noor Alamin, local cleric (CSG member from Gudwalian area, District Haripur)

CSGs have also contributed to an increased usage of male contraceptives (condoms).

Disclaimer:
This document is an output from a project funded by the UK department for International Development (DFID) and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) for the benefit of developing countries. The views expressed are not necessarily those of DFID/AusAID.

Successful Partnerships with Service providers

Hina Rafiq Lashari, a Community Midwife (CMW) with Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) program of the Ministry of Health Pakistan, shares her experience in partnering with Marie Stopes Society (MSS)for the project “EVIDENCE FOR INNOVATING TO SAVE LIVES” in Chah Khawaja wala, Rajanpur, a less developed and far flung district in Pakistan’s Punjab province

The partnership was a part of the project’s operations i.e. recruiting and training of service providers to give Family planning (FP) services in their respective communities. The training aspect comprised of giving detailed instructions (theoretical and practical) in providing FP services and counselling of clients. Additional facilities included provision of IUCD (Intra uterine Contraceptive Device) insertion and removal equipment along with detailed guidelines in providing infection free services.

Before partnering with MSS, Hina had an influx of only 3-4 FP clients per week which (after MSS partnership) increased to 11-16 clients/week and has established her as a viable FP service provider in her community.

Describing her contribution to her area/community (after partnering with MSS) she says

"I feel that my input has resulted in a positive change for the people of my area and district. Since now they are being provided modern and effective FP options, their futures are a lot brighter. They now have a lot better choice regarding their family size and this can result in them (clients) having better health and economic status."

With regards to her relationship with MSS she further added

"My exposure (to modern FP methods/techniques) through MSS has been a great experience of my life. Working with MSS, I feel that I am serving the community and saving precious lives. I am proud to have partnered with MSS and I wish that such projects should never stop".

Disclaimer:
This document is an output from a project funded by the UK department for International Development (DFID) and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) for the benefit of developing countries. The views expressed are not necessarily those of DFID/AusAID.

Client feedback on project services

"I initially had a few reservations about the IUCD services being provided in our community by the project’s service provider. But all my doubts went away, thanks to the counselling and care I got from the project’s Female Community Mobilizer (project field worker) and service provider. I am quite grateful for their assistance in such a delicate matter and wish them the very best for helping more women who have similar unmet family planning needs."

Razia Bibi (An IUCD client from FKWL 10 44/15-L, Khanewal)

Disclaimer:
This document is an output from a project funded by the UK department for International Development (DFID) and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) for the benefit of developing countries. The views expressed are not necessarily those of DFID/AusAID.

Welcoming responses from clients’ spouses

The FP services being provided have managed to reach out to the community males (clients’ husbands) and they have appreciated these efforts and the resulting positive changes (healthier FP practices) by giving positive feedback as stated below.

"The facilities for family planning services in my area (before the project’s service initiation) were next to nil. But now their availability has resulted in providing good services and it is our wish that such efforts continue on long term basis."

Ghulam Mustafa, (A Multi-load client’s husband, hailing from III/E.B, Pakpattan)

Disclaimer:
This document is an output from a project funded by the UK department for International Development (DFID) and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) for the benefit of developing countries. The views expressed are not necessarily those of DFID/AusAID.