About Forum For Safe Motherhood
The Forum represents a people led movement for reproductive, maternal & new-born health & rights. The organization concentrates its efforts on creating a Pakistan where all women & girls realize their right to quality health & well-being.
With more than 300 members across Pakistan, Forum is the only professional body in the country that brings together public health experts, women and youth activists, parliamentarians, academicians, researchers, religious leaders and representatives from the media, on a single platform to advance reproductive, maternal, newborn health and nutrition as well as gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment. Viewed as a neutral convener and a trusted partner of government and civil society alike, Forum has helped to redefine health advocacy from being primarily an evidence communication process to blending evidence with community voices and creating opportunities for direct engagement between policymakers and citizens—leading to more meaningful and enduring change. Forum for Safe Motherhood considers citizens as active stakeholders in the identification of policy and practice gaps as well as in holding leaders accountable for health delivery.
The Forum is a member of the White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) which is a globally connected grassroots movement advocating for the health and rights of women and newborns. Comprised of diverse members in the tens of thousands, with national, sub-national and community chapters in 15 countries and a Global Secretariat based in Washington, DC, WRA is one of the largest and most effective global health coalitions in the world.
A Pakistan where all women & girls realize their right to quality health & well-being.
To activate a people led movement for reproductive, maternal & new-born health & rights
Our Area Of Focus
EXCELLENCE: We strive to continually raise our programs to new levels of excellence through innovative approaches in conducting our business. We deploy novel applications of existing expertise and knowledge, new synergies with our partners, and inventive ways to meet project management challenges.
INTEGRITY: We demand the highest level of ethics. We grow our organisation based on interactions that promote mutual trust and respect with our partners.
VOLUNTEERISM: Volunteerism is the heart and soul of our organisation. We recognise and value the positive accomplishments that volunteers can achieve by working together. We believe that our programs positively impact volunteers as much as the youth and communities we serve.
LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND: Forum promotes a culture of value, respect, speaking up, raising awareness and educating all people irrespective of their origin, race, religious views, ethnicity, gender and circumstances.
Our Operational Approach
GOVERNMENT COLLABORATION: Governments are responsible for ensuring quality health services. We work in close collaboration with government to support ministries through capacity building and deploying technical staff.
PEOPLE-CENTERED: Forum aims to improve local communities’ self-reliance and participatory decision-making through the engagement of citizens and volunteers.
PARTNERSHIPS & NETWORKING: Our mantra is different people, same values, one goal. Forum believes in attaining our goals in collaboration with partners and building strong alliances. Our unique role in fostering linkages between different levels of policy makers, organisations and people sets the stage for long term relationship building.
EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE: Forum brings together public health experts, safe motherhood activists, researchers and representatives from the media. This collaboration serves to strengthen research efforts so that impact can be documented, published, and informs new and innovative interventions.