Discussion » Saving Newborns in remote community settings
I received an email today from a doctor whom I have worked with in Pakistan (2001-2003) who is interested in engaging members of this platform in discussion aimed at helping women in remote, rural settings improve the health profile of their villages.
Since building awareness and understanding of SDGs, and bringing new players to the table are my passions, I sent her an invitation to join this community, and expand upon this topic. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing); 5 (Gender Equality); and 17 (Partnerships) will clearly be included in this discussion, but having traveled in FATAs near Peshawar along the border with Afghanistan, the need for projects that relate to almost all the SDGs are needed in this area.
Thank you very much William, for initiating a discusson which I believe will enable us to contribute in lowering the maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity due to preventable causes in remote areas of Pakistan, like Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Very rightly mentioned, all the SDGs are required to be addressed, however, the basic and essential needs like health, nutrition, WASH and education are of prime importance for the well being of the vulnerable mothers and children of the region.
Thank you, William, for starting this important conversation. We share the passion of bringing further awareness to the SDGs. I’d like to direct you to a project GPOBA is working on in Uganda, which uses results-based financing to help bring maternal and other reproductive health services to rural communities in Uganda. Under the scheme, subsidized vouchers are used to incentivize mothers to access a package of services, including ante and postnatal care, delivery attended by a trained medical professional, and more recently, PPFP services at accredited health facilities. The pilot project was completed in 2011, and has since been scaled up to other parts of the country, which is ongoing.
I’m sharing a link to additional information about the project on our website, including a Lessons Learned note: http://www.gpoba.org/LL01_UgandaHealth