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Healthy Start in Pakistan

Children and youth realize their rights to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health and to sustained and affordable potable drinking water services

Plan International Pakistan takes a rights-based approach to planning and implementing its health work by considering the specific needs of the child at each stage: women’s reproductive health for a healthier intrauterine development; safe childbirth and postnatal care; newborn and early child development; adolescent reproductive development; access to safe water and a healthy environment through CLTS/SLTS and use of alternative energy technology. Work with adolescent and young people especially girls, at the national and district levels, to address the emerging issues related to HIV infection is also a priority.

We are a leading player in WASH sector in Pakistan. This has helped us in scaling up of our piloted project while our working relationship with the federal and provincial governments and engaging government for implementation, ensured sustainability of our intervention and an increased sustainable impact on the health of everyone in the community, especially children and women. Our WASH interventions build the capacity and gave communities the confidence to claim their rights to water and sanitation information and services.

Community participation in their primary health care and services in close collaboration with Lady Health Workers (LHWs) national programme was a key strategy in ensuring quality of care and in addressing the access to services. Plan has two MoUs with the district governments to strengthen community health committees to ensure local leadership to participate in identifying and leading for fulfilment of their health rights.