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JSI’s KP/FATA Health Initiative Launches in Pakistan

June 16, 2017

On Tuesday, June 13, JSI’s new USAID-funded KP/FATA Health Initiative (KFHI) was launched with a ceremony at the chief minister’s house in Peshawar. The event was attended by high-level government officials from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and USAID and JSI representatives.

KFHI, implemented in partnership with the governments of KP and the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA), will improve maternal and child health across seven districts in the Malakand division of KP and six FATA agencies. The initiative will train lady health workers and community midwives, provide support to existing health institutions to improve services, and also support health outreach to far flung areas through mobile health units.

JSI Country Representative Dr. Nabeela Ali poses with KFHI Chief of Party Dr. Fawad Khan and KFHI Director of Finance Babar Hussein at the USAID-funded Initiatives launch in Peshawar, Pakistan.
“Our government gives great importance to collaboration with the United States to promote health initiatives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Working together, we can improve quality and access to health services, which is one of today’s critical requirements,” said Chief Minister KP Parvez Khattak, speaking at the event.

“The FATA/KP program is a cornerstone of USAID’s development portfolio in the country. Our development assistance is helping the KP government promote long-term, sustainable development in the province,” said USAID/Pakistan Deputy Mission Director Kevin Brownawell.

By the end of the project, KP is expected to have more than 600 new lady health workers and FATA more than 350 new lady health workers. Additionally, KP will have more than 350 new community midwives and FATA will have almost 200 new community midwives. The KP and FATA governments have committed to employing all newly trained lady health workers and community midwives, allowing them to provide maternal and newborn health services in their communities and contribute to the prosperity of their families.

KFHI will work with the governments of KP and FATA to set up two comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care facilities–one in FATA and one in KP–which will be open to the public 24/7. KFHI will also establish eight basic emergency obstetric and newborn care facilities–five in KP and three in FATA–which will also be open to the public 24/7. Additionally KFHI will operationalize three new mobile health units to provide outreach health services to hard-to-reach populations.

“Our vision is that by the end of the project, the women of KP and FATA will receive high-quality health care services, deliver their children in well-equipped health facilities, where the staff who provide those services are well-trained, have the appropriate equipment and commodities on hand, and have communities engaged in supporting women’s and children’s health needs,” said JSI’s KFHI Chief of Party Dr. Fawad Khan.