USAID to fund project to ensure women, newborns healthcare
Bhurban—The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is funding a project to work in 10 districts to ensure women and newborns get healthcare during critical period surrounding birth.
The Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN) Project is being run in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, provincial and district health departments. This program will reach to more than two million married couples and their newborn babies.
Beneficiaries will receive access to improved health services provided by professionals trained in the latest approaches to caring for women and their newborns in better equipped health facilities.
Eighty percent of Pakistani women deliver their babies at home and only about five percent of these women are attended by a trained midwife or doctor.
In seeking solutions to change this situation, dedicated Parliamentarians and Nazims met with the Federal Minister of Health, Provincial Ministers of Health and representatives from the USAID-funded PAIMAN Project to share ideas on supporting improvements in maternal and newborn health.
In remarks prepared for the conference, USAID Pakistan Acting Deputy Mission Director Douglass Arbuckle praised the Ministry of Health's new Maternal and Child Health Strategy as an excellent foundation-building step.
He urged Parliamentarians, Nazims, and government health officials to continue to raise the issue of women's healthcare needs to the highest levels and providing budgetary allocations to meet these needs.
The United States, through USAID, is providing more than $1.5 billion in development assistance to Pakistan over the next five years to improve education, health, governance and economic growth.
In addition, the United States has pledged a total of $ 510 million in earthquake relief and reconstruction efforts to assist the people of Pakistan and to support Pakistani government efforts. –APP
News Source: Pakistan Observer, February 19, 2006.