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BRAC initiated its health programme in Pakistan with the aim to improve access to health care, and consequently improving the health status of the poor, particularly women and children. The health programme targets the immunisation of infants, women of childbearing age and pregnant women. It also raises awareness in the communities about the importance of safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Keeping cultural sensitivity in mind, BRAC provides health and nutrition education through separate health forums for men and women at the community level. It has alternative methods to deliver health messages through the Imams (local religious spokes person) in the mosques. 

BRAC’s community health promoters (CHPs) provide door-to-door family planning service and they follow up on under-five children to keep a record of their immunisation status and vitamin A intake in a family card. It also provides health and nutrition based education to these families. The CHPs provide antenatal and postnatal care, promote breast feeding, encourage family planning, advise to use a trained birth attendant in case of normal delivery, and refer mothers to hospital when complications arise. 
The CHPs are trained to provide basic curative services by diagnosing and treating common diseases and referring patients with serious complications to the nearest government facility.

Current projects

Duration

Donor/partners

Objectives

Basic and Preventive Health Care Programme

September 2015 to September 2018

ChildLife Foundation

Improved knowledge and access to basic health services in poor communities of Sheerin Jinnah Colony Karachi, Sindh

Chief Minister’s Initiative for the Skills Enhancement of Lady Health Workers

May 2016 to September 2017

Punjab Skill Development Fund (PSDF)

To fill existing gaps in the training manuals and curriculum for health workers in Pakistan and to train 720 lady health worker trainers in communication, monitoring, supervisory skills and core medical skills that will further roll out capacity building and training to 48,000 Lady health workers.

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