Investing in a Professional Healthcare Workforce
Midwives provide antenatal care and counselling to women throughout pregnancy, coordinate care with the rest of the healthcare system, and conduct deliveries at our partner hospital, Koohi Goth Hospital. Community health workers are responsible for proactive identification of pregnant women care coordination, outreach, and follow-up at home. To deliver high quality healthcare sustainably over time, there is no alternative but to build a professional, local health workforce. For VITAL, this means identifying, investing in, and supporting local women to become midwives and community health workers, who are both essential components of the primary healthcare workforce.
JOURNEY OF OUR FRONT LINE STAFF
“I am from a block where women are not allowed to go outside the home to study, but my father encouraged me to complete my education and pursue my career as a Midwife.”
It was my dream to be a health practitioner. My father had the same dream for me, which was to serve our community. I am from a block where women are not allowed to go outside the home to study, but my father encouraged me to complete my education and pursue my career as a Midwife. After learning that that VITAL was supporting women from my community to become midwives, I spoke to my father and enrolled in the 18 months midwifery program through VITAL. Today, I am very happy to see that many women are delivering in skilled facilities, but few are still risking their lives by delivering at home. It is my hope that we can continue to change these behaviors over time.
“VITAL Pakistan gave me and many other young, educated girls in Rehri Goth the opportunity to become change agents in our community.”
Social behaviors and cultural norms in my community are major hurdles in the way of better care seeking. There are woman who still prefer to deliver at home and avoid seeing a doctor when their child is ill. Growing up, I observed poor hygiene and other health related problems in Rehri Goth. VITAL Pakistan gave me and many other young, educated girls in Rehri Goth the opportunity to become change agents in our community. It is a platform through which I can easily approach people in the community and intervene to help vulnerable mothers and children.