Heroes among Us – A Photo Story of Fouzia Memon
Fouzia Memon during an awareness session on family planning at village Yaqoob Jogi in Shikarpur District, Sindh.
Fouzia Memon, 25, is a resident of Wazirabad village of Shikarpur District, Sindh. She works with the government as a Lady Health Worker (LHW).
Fouzia's story is one of devoted service and inspiration. She works as an active volunteer of Save the Children for its project titled ‘Family Planning and Post Abortion Care’ (FP and PAC) which focuses on increasing the availability and utilisation of modern FP and PAC services in seven health facilities in Shikarpur and Jacobabad. She refers the project’s beneficiaries to Tehsil Headquarters (THQ), Lakhi, without any incentives.
Fouzia conducting an awareness session on Nutrition and Family Planning and Post Abortion Care (FP and PAC) at village Sono, Shikarpur District, Sindh.
Furthermore, Fouzia screens under-five children and pregnant and lactating women as part of the European Union-funded project titled ‘Women and Children/Infants Improved Nutrition in Sindh’ (WINS) for which Save the Children acts as the implementation organisation in Shikarpur District. She refers her patients to the Project’s Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) site and follows up on all her cases, for which she receives an incentive of only Rs. 1500 (USD 15 approximately) per month.
Fouzia screening a child at village Sono Jogi in Shikarpur District, Sindh.
The women in the areas targeted by these two Save the Children projects were largely unaware of the importance of family planning and post-abortion care. The situation has improved after the intervention, and LHWs like Fouzia have played a huge part in it. As an LHW, Fouzia is in charge of Union Council (UC) Wazirabad, where she assists the project’s Outreach Workers (ORWs) team in conducting awareness sessions in local villages.
Fouzia writing a referral slip for an SFP patient to visit THQ Lakhi Hospital, after a session at village Sono in district Shikarpur, Sindh.
Fouzia believes that LHWs can play a powerful role in extending the outreach of health-based projects initiated by International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) since these workers possess in-depth knowledge about all urban and rural areas and the health problems prevalent there. She calls for a mutually beneficial relationship between LHWs and INGOs. Fouzia herself received capacity building trainings from Save the Children that helped in enhancing her knowledge and skills on different topics. She says:
“I pledge to protect every child through my efforts and do my part in ensuring the good health of both mothers and their children around me.”