I have been working in development sector for last 15 years. Most of my work has been done in Mother & Child Health and Family Planning. I am very fortunate to been part of team who developed IEC material for community and lady health workers. I have designed training manual for LHWs male health committee members. I have also trained almost 600 male health committee members in family planning and MNH. Conducted sessions with local government representatives in FP and MNH under PAIMAN (Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborn) funded by USAID supported by JHU. I have also been part of MCHIP project which is currently implementing MNH & FP project in 15 districts of Sindh province Pakistan. I am master trainer in Continuum of Care Tool kit. I have further trickle down this in 5 Districts
To live happily and satisfied, we need to organize and discipline our lives. So we need to take care of life of our females. She is a very important character of our life, so i am very passionate and proud to be part of taking care of her health. Without mother, child could not be a good person and family can never survive. She deserves to be treated properly with respectable health care. Why people treated her less then their pets (specially in rural areas).
In Pakistani culture, its not an easy work to do in FP. I always faced difficulty while talking to male members, specially husbands. They thought that wives are only for child birth process. They don't realize the importance of family planning. They thought that FP is for stopping child birth. As i am belonging to same country and i know the reality, so i used my social mobilization skills. I talked to some key persons i.e. teachers, religious leaders and local leaders to support.
Misconception regarding FP is a biggest challenge in Pakistan. What i experienced, we need to involve religious, political and local leaders to support this cause. I always give examples from Qura'an and Saying of The Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW. The best thing is to use local examples and context. People can understand when they share some maternal deaths examples from their societies. It can be more relevant and useful. Secondly, Groups should be formed at local to district and provincial level.
I want to be part of society, where every female can access to good health, education and basic rights. Community and specially health care providers use best practices regarding FP & MNH. People talk on FB and MNH in support groups for each other. Husbands realize the importance of good health of their lives. FB should be part of secondary and higher education. FP and MNH sessions should be conducted in universities and colleges. I want to involve youth in FB & MNH. They can be a real changer.