Rural Support Programmes (RSPs) Response to 2022 Heavy Rains and Floods Affected Areas of Pakistan

Appeal for Donation

British Pak Foundation – RSPN Sehat-BPF

Active over the duration of February to June 2011, Sehat was a British Pakistan Foundation (BPF) funded project and was implemented by RSPN in three flood affected districts of Sindh in partnership with TRDP for district Dadu and SRSO for district Shahdadkot and Shikarpur.

Under the Sehat project RSPN and its RPs established 14 Union Council (UC) level Health Networks and 184 village level Village Health Committees (VHCs) to oversee the work of Community Resource Persons (CRPs) and advocacy with UC level and district level government officials for the delivery of services in un-served rural areas. RSPs trained 560 men and 560 women CRPs for community mobilization for health. These men and women CRPs conducted meetings with 38,517 women and 36,505 men and disseminated messages on the importance of hygiene, prevention from diarrhea, waterborne diseases, the use of Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS), maternal and child health, birth spacing and immunization.

Sehat project was implemented in the areas where, due to the floods, government infrastructure pertaining to health services was destroyed and the communities no longer had access to them.

Under the Sehat project, the UC Health Networks with the support from RSPs advocated with Department of Health for delivery of vaccination services in the un-served areas. UC networks with the support of Department of Health organized outreach visits of vaccinators, as a result of which 7,972 pregnant women received the first dose of TT vaccination while 31,591 children (0-2 years) for the first first time received immunization.

VHCs and UC level Health Networks, with the support from Department Of Health, People’s Primary Health Care Initiatives (PPHI) and local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), organized 60 medicals camps in un-served rural areas. Through these camps, antenatal care services and treatment of minor ailments was provided to 5,125 women, birth spacing services were provided to 1,190 women. Children also benefitted from these camps, where health care providers treated 2,153 diarrheal cases in children and also provided neonatal services to 1,755 neonates.

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