On July 8th & 9th, 2020 Forum for Safe Motherhood (White Ribbon Alliance Chapter of Pakistan) organized its second Listening Session in District Tharparkar, Sindh. Organized in collaboration with the Costed Implementation Plan (CIP) Secretariat, Population Welfare Department, Government of Sindh the two-day session aimed at bringing forward women’s key asks regarding Family Planning as well as their suggestions for addressing the same; and then taking these voices to concerned decision makers at the district level.
On the first day, the session was conducted at the Reproductive Health Service (RHS) Centre at Tehsil Headquarter Hospital Chachro. A total of 15 women – 10 from the local community, 4 Lady Heath Workers (LHWs), and 01 Lady Health Supervisor (LHS) – participated in the listening session. In line with COVID related safety protocols, the women were divided into two groups, with each group comprising of 7-8 women. Separate sessions were convened with each group. Both sessions were moderated by a Lady Health Worker, and in this support was provided to her by the Forum’s Provincial Coordinator.
The session on the second day was conducted at the Darbar Hall in Deputy Commissioner Office, Mithi, Tharparkar. It was attended by the District Health Officer (DHO), District Manager at People Primary Healthcare Initiative (PPHI), District Manager at Integrated Health Services (IHS), District Coordination Officer (DCO) LHW Program, and District Population Welfare Officer (DPW). The session was moderated by Forum’s Provincial Coordinator and was also attended by the female moderator from the first day.