Health and Education

The overall physical and mental health of populations is associated with factors such as age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, employment, education and housing, as well as external factors such as living conditions and the environment. Living in a large urban area can impact our health and sense of well being through access to health services and recreational opportunities. These are key components to a good quality of life and high average age. Educational achievement is essential for effective participation in society. Increasingly, urban societies are becoming knowledge-based and urban economies require innovative solutions to meet market demands. People‟s ability to keep updating skills during their working lives is important if they are to keep pace with rapidly changing work environments. Access to life-long learning opportunities is also related to people‟s need for self fulfillment and self-determination.

Mother & Child Health Care Project: PAIMAN implemented M&CH project in partnership with Plan Pakistan in Chakwal District. The aim of the Mother & Child Health Care program is to improve the health status of mother and children through community participation. The Mother and Child Health Program is based on CHILD CENTERED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (CCCD), the whole set of activities are moving around the children. Under M&CH following areas were focused.
 Strengthening of Health and Environment Committees (HECs), UCHCs and district forums on Mother and Child Health, improving health facilities through HEC monitoring and advocacy.
 Community awareness and advocacy sessions regarding the health issues and preventive measures to be taken.
 Integration with National Program of Health, Health Department, and non-governmental organizations working on health issues.
 Integration with partner organizations and communities
 Improve the sanitation, health and environmental services through establishing the role of all stakeholders including duty bearers.

 Improved Child Health Project – FATA: PAIMAN launched USAID funded Improved Child Health Project FATA‟ in January 2008 in three agencies including Bajaur, Khyber and Mohmand and two Frontier Regions of Kohat and Peshawar in partnership with Save the Children-US. The project was aimed to improve the health status of children particularly and community generally in FATA through Mobilization and awareness covering improvement in health services, access to health facilities and functioning of health facilities. Various activities were being undertaken e.g. male and female awareness sessions, holding of Child Health Days (CHDs) on a regular basis along with doctors and medicines, Advocacy meeting with different stakeholders, campaigns in schools/educational institutions, meetings with religious groups to sensitize them about the health care of children, identification, training and hiring of Male and Female Health Workers in Non-LHW covered areas to increase the access, improve the health facilities, formation of Quality Improvement Teams through Partnership Defined Quality (PDQ) process and BCC strategies. PAIMAN‟s mobilizers also educate men on the use of condoms and create awareness regarding HIV/ AIDS. This is an opportunity to utilize our services for the prevention of HIV/AIDS because it is experienced in our society that most cases of HIV/AIDS in females and children are innocent. It is transferred from their male partners due to their lack of education and awareness of the disease which they got in foreign countries especially Middle East.
 Primary Health Care Project: PAIMAN has implemented HC project in partnership with PLAN Pakistan in Chakwal District based on Child Centered Community Development approach. The aim of the program was to improve the health status of the people of Chakwal especially mother and children through community participation. Social stigma and taboo limit current understanding of sexual behaviors and epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in commercial sex workers/prostitutes particularly in remote areas of Pakistan. In 2004, we designed a study to determine risk behaviors and prevalence of STIs of female commercial sex workers (FCSWs) in Faisalabad, Rajanpur, Dera Gazi Khan, Thatta and Hyderabad. After the findings and analysis PAIMAN carried out orientation with the In-charge of the female sex workers (FSWs) regarding the safe sex ways, use of condoms and screening started from time to time in 2004-2005 till to date. PAIMAN has carried out orientation regarding safe sex measures from time to time in different prisons of the country including some 434 prisoners in Hyderabad, Dera Ghazi khan, Rajan Pur and Thatta in 2006-2008. Despite a heightened commitment by the government of Pakistan to combat AIDS, levels of awareness remain low – while social taboos mean that marginalized communities, such as Male Sex Workers (MSWs) and Female Sex Workers (FSWs), remain vulnerable and at risk of falling victim to an infection that is feared could assume the proportions of an epidemic in the years to come.
Micronutrients Initiative (MI): PAIMAN implemented an initiative of Micronutrients with the support of Micronutrient Initiative. The goal was to manage training and capacity building component effectively with efficient use of resources for quality assurance of events, for improvement of the project thus giving the NW and the MI to focus more on the monitoring and supervision. PAIMAN managed 194 events of nine different activities while 7,268 individuals participated. The purpose of these activities was to increase the use of the iodized salt through increasing awareness of the relevant government staff.

 Education Sector Reform Assistance Program (ESRA): The project was implemented in five districts (Hyderabad, Tando Allahyar, Matiari, Tando Muhammad Khan & Thatta. PAIMAN has trained 8,000 members of 5,000 schools / School Management Committees (SMC) on core competencies, financial management, resource mobilization & school improvement plans. PAIMAN conducted mobilization session for over 5,000 government schools and assisted in re-construction for over 4,000 schools by imparting training to 8,000 SMC members for improving quality of education.
 Incentive Based Life Skills and Literacy Project (FDP-LD FATA): PAIMAN has successfully completed another USAID-IRC funded Incentive Based Life Skills and Literacy Project‟ in Lower FATA for over 200,000 US$ in FR Dera Ismail Khan in partnership with IRC/FDP-LD. The project was aimed to improve the literacy status of youth (14-30 years) for livelihood skills. The project was being implemented with an effective M&E mechanism.
 Livelihood Development Program-Upper FATA-LDP (Literacy Project – Mohmand Agency): PAIMAN Alumni Trust in partnership with SCF-US/AED implemented USAID funded project for Livelihood Development Program, in Mohmand Agency. In this program, 3,420 youth benefited including 2,725 male and 695 female youth learners (between the ages of 15-45 years) who never went to school or dropped out in early primary grades (prep to grade). Over 150 persons benefited (job employment) as facilitators and staff for the said phase.

Worst Form of Child Labour (WFCL) Project:

The project was implemented in partnership with International Labor Organization (ILO) and government of Punjab. Project goal was “To reduce child labor in district Chakwal with priority on its worst forms within 44 months”. We are working for Children involved in worst form of child labor, Siblings of WFCL, Parents of target children, Employers of target children and Vulnerable Communities. PAIMAN view the project as a commitment for „CAUSE‟. PAIMAN is acting as an „Extended-integrated arm of Punjab Labour Deptt‟. We are ensuring best impact with the help of value addition components. We are providing building blocks to Punjab Labor Dept for future enrichment and consolidation with the aim to EXPAND, REPLICATE and EXTEND progressively and effectively.

Mine Risk Education Project (Swat): PAIMAN Alumni Trust as partner with Response International conducted an emergency mine risk education project to raise awareness of the ERW risk/inform IDP behaviour and avoid unnecessary incidents due to inappropriate responses and misguided strategies. Keeping in view the ground reality, the focus is on making an emergency MRE intervention into a more long term multi sector mine action program which will strive to cover a substantial spread of the returning population.

Cultural Exchange Program: World Learning is implementing the English Access Micro-scholarship Program for students and teachers with the support of PAIMAN Alumni Trust in Pakistan. This International educational and cultural exchange program is highly interactive, action oriented and engaging. It is designed to balance appropriate challenge and support so that participants develop new ways to foster youth leadership skills and emphasize collaboration and teamwork. PAIMAN provides logistic and programtic support for 25 students and 25 teachers for a three (3) weeks US cultural exchange program.