PSI-RSPN: Delivering Accelerated Family Planning in Pakistan (DAFPAK)

OVERVIEW

RSPN entered into a partnership with Population Services International (PSI) to provide reproductive health services to communities in ten districts of Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Delivering Accelerated Family Planning in Pakistan (DAFPAK) is a four-year project that aims to create an enabling environment for women, girls and men to avail healthy reproductive choices; increase the availability of family planning services and products in uncovered rural areas, and strengthen accountability through increased transparency and stringent monitoring. RSPN has collaborated with the National Rural Support Programme (NRSP), Punjab Rural Support Programme (PRSP), Sindh Rural Support Organisation (SRSO) and Thardeep Rural Development Programme (TRDP) to implement this project in districts of Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur, Mardan, Swabi, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Qambar Shahdadkot and Jamshoro. DAFPAK will target a total of 5.7 million uncovered population to create 433,541 new users of family planning services during the project life.

STRATEGY

Over the next four years, DAFPAK will focus on community mobilisation utilising Community Resource Persons (CRP), who will go door-to-door in their catchment areas and refer clients to project Lady Health Visitors (LHVs) for family planning services, provision of family planning services to clients in monthly camps conducted by LHVs who are accompanied by Social Organisers (SOs), converting young married couples of reproductive age into new users of family planning services, converting of users of tradition contraceptive methods to modern contraceptive methods and the upscaling of the CRPs’ ‘Business in a Box’, a micro-entrepreneurship venture making the provision of family planning services sustainable.

EXPECTED OUTPUTS

These interventions are expected to result in:

  • The community-wide sensitisation of men and women on reproductive health issues as a result of dissemination of information on family planning services
  • The creation of Village Health Committees (VHCs) to represent the entire community and bring behavioural change through demand creation for birth spacing and service delivery facilitation through outreach camps
  • Women empowerment through the ‘Business in a Box’ venture, that incentivises door-to-door service continuity by helping CRPs set up a profitable business
  • An uncovered population of 5.7 million in 10 districts benefiting from access to information on birth spacing and provision of contraceptives
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