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Closing Out: National Dissemination Seminar held to announce project findings ‘Evidence for Innovating to Save Lives

MSS successfully completed its operations research project ‘Evidence for Innovating to Save Lives’ in March 2014. A National Dissemination seminar was held in Islamabad on 27th March 2014 to officially share findings of the project, highlight promising practices and promote lessons learnt.

The seminar was well attended by policy makers, research experts, programme managers, and technical advisors from federal and provincial health departments including officials from Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) and Population Welfare Department of Sindh Punjab and KP provinces Participants from donor organizations, Marie Stopes International (MSI) and various national and international development partners also attended the seminar. 

Reflecting on the findings of the project, a panel discussion was carried where participants discussed the importance of Task Sharing and highlighted significance of public-private partnerships to strengthen family planning service delivery. Participants discussed importance of engaging a wide cadre of health workers to make family planning services accessible to remote and hard-to-reach communities. Participants also discussed benefits of Health Financing and urged public sector reforms in promoting uptake of family planning services in rural and remote communities.

Congratulating the project team, Dr Mohsina Bilgrami, Country Director MSS emphasized on MSS’s commitment to make quality and affordable reproductive health services accessible to more women and couples.

Project Services Impact from March 2011 to May 2013:*

During this period, the project:

  • Served 29,186 (SSF) and 12,822 (CMWs) Family Planning Clients
  • Generated 106,522 (SSF) and 44,996 (CMWs)CYPs (Couple Years of Protection)
  • Will have averted an estimated 48,367 (SSF) and 20,512 (CMWs)  Unintended Pregnancies  as per the MSS IMPACT calculator measurements
  • Will have averted an estimated 65 (SSF) and 27(CMWs) of Maternal Deaths 


*The project was done as pilot study to show how FP services can promote HTSP and the potential a similar project can have when implemented on a wider scale.   Detailed project findings will soon be available at

‘Evidence for Innovating to Save Lives’ is a project funded by the Maternal and Newborn Health Programme – Research and Advocacy Fund (RAF), and is implemented by Marie Stopes Society (MSS).

This documentary is an output from a project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for the benefit of developing countries. The views expressed and information contained in it are not necessarily those of or endorsed by DFID, DFAT or the Maternal and Newborn Health Programme – Research and Advocacy Fund (RAF), which can accept no responsibility or liability for such views, for completeness or accuracy of the information, or for any reliance placed on them.