Women are equal partners in progress. Yet in our society, women’s well being is often neglected.
At JSCD we help women achieve their potential by providing them with care and information they need to stay healthy.
Raising Awareness in Jhelum
In 2006, we were chosen to implement PAIMAN, a 5 year USAID nationwide project to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality in Jhelum district.
We surveyed twelve union councils, of Tehsil Pind Dadan Khan, and conducted vigorous awareness activities to tell people how to improve maternal and child health. Activities include town storming and community mobilization, debates and competitions and the mobilization of local volunteers as blood donors and support groups. We also organize quarterly medical camps in these areas and have trained community health workers and birth attendants to provide basic care and awareness.
Punjab Safe Motherhood Initiative Project
Through awareness, advocacy and better services, JSCD and its partners in the Punjab Safe Motherhood Initiative Project hope to reduce maternal mortality in Sheikhupura District.
Since 2004, PSMIP targeted 16 rural health facilities in Sheikhupura. With our partners, we have renovated the facilities, trained their doctors and stationed young doctors from Lady Willingdon Hospital, Lahore.
These doctors have given antenatal care to over 9000 women in rural Sheikhupura and conducted hundreds of surgical procedures.
We have renovated the obstetric unit at DHQ Sheikhupura.
THQ Muridke was once a non-functional facility. With UNICEF funding we have built its operating facilities, blood bank and labor room. Now THQ Muridke conducts over 50 deliveries and C-sections a month.
- Antenatal care provided to over 9000 rural women
- 10 trained doctors posted to 12 health facilities
- THQ Muridke made operational
- Awareness and outreach activities attracting thousands of Sheikhupura residents
- Links between Lahore and Sheikhupura hospitals, so that patients with complications are swiftly referred
As part of PSMIP, JSCD’s awareness activities have included extensive social mobilization and awareness activities. Through Mosques, radio and public meetings we spread awareness about the importance of skilled care at birth. Thousands of women and men have attended our events in their home villages.
We try to listen to the people we serve. At every community meeting, we ask for suggestions on how we can improve our services, and work with the community to ensure that fewer women and children die of preventable causes.
Since 2006, we have started investigating the cause of individual maternal death to see how we can improve our services.
Every 20 minutes, a Pakistani woman die of childbirth related complications.
In 2001, we conducted a UNICEF funded Needs Assessment Survey to help make sure that facilities and referral network for difficult deliveries were available in Lahore and Sheikhupura.
We analyzed why women in Rawalpindi did not get checkups during pregnancy, to help prepare a national level plan to improve antenatal services.
Only by finding out why women don’t get good care during pregnancy and childbirth, we can make sure that thousands of Pakistani Women don’t die from complications and can be prevented or treated easily.
Iodine Deficiency in Chakwal
In partnership with UNICEF, JSCD researched iodine deficiency diseases (IDD) in the salt producing Cahkwal district in 2002-03
Iodine deficiency, which leads to goiter, abortions, impaired mental function and many other problems, can be prevented simply by using iodized table salt.
Following on our findings, we conducted awareness campaigns with schools, communities and local government officials and prepared a legal draft that would redefine ‘Salt’ to mean ‘iodized Salt’, for submission to the provincial assembly.
“50% of Pakistanis are at risk of iodine deficiency diseases”
- 12% : Chakwal school children suffering from visible goiter
- 7: Number of areas with prevalence above 30%
- 92%: Awareness of iodized salt
- 7%: Portion of salt sold which was iodized
- 87%: Shopkeepers whose customers preferred not to use iodized salt
- 75%+: Proportion of iodized salt found to be counterfeit 13 Relief and Rehabil