Communities on the outskirts of cities in developing countries are experiencing rapidly growing population growth due to rural-urban migration. These communities, referred to as peri-urban communities, pose unique challenges for governments and organizations delivering public health programs. For instance, peri-urban communities contain highly mobile populations, which means there is a significant degree of migration in and out of the community, as well as within the community. This makes it difficult to collect accurate data on live births, deaths, the number of pregnant women in the community, and the correct addresses of households.
Location of Rehri Goth, Karachi, Pakistan.
Pregnant woman identification
Effective outreach and care delivery is contingent on accurate data. To collect this data, VITAL Pakistan works closely with our academic partner, the Aga Khan University Department of Pediatrics and Child Health. We proactively visit every household on average 6 times annually to get accurate information on live births, deaths and pregnant women. The data is used by our team to follow-up with pregnant women and initiate the antenatal care journey. The live births and deaths data gives our team a monthly snapshot of how our organization is performing and the impact we are having.