Health and Nutrition

Save the Children focuses on strengthening the health system of Pakistan, ensuring access and availability of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), Nutrition, Primary Health Care and Family Planning services. We strive to increase the coverage of health services to those in the poorest hardest to reach places, so that no child dies of preventable causes. We test innovative models and approaches to generate evidence and create avenues to leverage resources for implementation at scale. During times of conflict or disasters, we ensure that life-saving healthcare, MNCH and nutrition services are provided to the affected population.

Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH)

MNCH Program is core of Save the Children health program in Pakistan. The program follows Household-to-Hospital Continuum of Care Approach to provide an integrated response to improve MNCH services. The interventions focus on rehabilitating the primary healthcare facilities in some most impoverished areas of Pakistan to ensure access of women and children to quality healthcare, including emergency cover. Simultaneously, our Lady Health Workers Program helps to provide basic care and health-education in communities.

Malaria

Save the Children implements malaria interventions in synergy with maternal, child and reproductive health interventions. The Malaria program supports in establishing microscopy centres and Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDTs) centres within the government health facilities in order to support timely diagnosis and treatment of positive cases. Under Global Fund Round 10, the program has planned to reduce the burden of malaria by 75% in 38 highly endemic districts of Pakistan.

HIV & AIDS

HIV & AIDS initiative is aimed at improving access to care and support for HIV-affected persons, including PLHIV (People Living with HIV) through the provision of Community and Home-Based Care services, improved referral mechanisms to ART sites, and provision of ART to PLHIV. The project provides capacity development support to doctors and health workers and establishes VCT corners. The initiative also focuses on raising awareness about modes of transmission and prevention of HIV, identify the high risk people and to counsel them for voluntary testing through VCT corners. Maintaining the confidentiality of the HIV-positive cases and referring them for further investigation and treatment at tertiary level health facilities are the core functions of the programs.

Mansia, aged 30, is a Lady Health Worker associated with the RAHA initiative since the inception of the project. She joined the National Program for LHWs in 1995 and has been working with refugee and host communities for over a decade.