Innovative Model for Access to Family Planning Services for the Marginalized Launched

Punjab Population Innovation Fund has collaborated with Benazir Income Support Program and Population Council to Launch a pilot model to extend access to family planning service to the BISP beneficiaries in all four Union Councils of district Rahim-Yar-Khan. The intervention will mitigate cost and information-related barriers by financing the uptake of family planning services for 20,000 BISP beneficiaries – married women of reproductive age. It will also create community-based information channels for an additional 60,000 BISP beneficiaries through BISP Beneficiaries Committees, BISP Mother Ambassadors and Lady Health Workers. The intervention will have a digitized voucher management system based on a mobile application for verification and disbursement of funds to beneficiaries and service providers. The vouchers will be used either at the government facilities where family planning services are already being provided for free, or the private sector providers.

Colonel (R) Hashim Dogar
Minister for Population Welfare, Punjab
Dr. Ijaz Nabi
Chairman, Punjab Population Innovation Fund (PPIF)
Dr. Sania Nishtar
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, and Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP)

Remarks by Colonel (R) Hashim Dogar, Minister for Population Welfare, Punjab

Population Welfare is the top priority of the government and the Chief Minister Muhammad Usman Buzdar has allocated funds for population welfare in the budget this year. Our department lays great emphasis on providing quality family planning services through its service delivery network and is striving hard to make reproductive health and family planning services available to every household in Punjab province.

Remarks by Dr. Ijaz Nabi, Chairman, Punjab Population Innovation Fund (PPIF)

The Government of Punjab has established PPIF as a technical hub to pilot innovative, scalable and sustainable family planning interventions such as this initiative in district Rahim Yar Khan.  PPIF with independent board of directors and a flexible programmatic and organizational structure specializes in designing and piloting interventions that can supplement public sector programming for improving family planning information and services.

Remarks by Dr. Sania Nishtar

Improving access to quality family planning services and accelerating efforts to ensure balanced population growth is critical to taking Pakistan forward and achieving the goals of development.”

The pilot model will facilitate low-income married women of reproductive age in district Rahim Yar Khan through a voucher scheme to avail free family planning services. Transportation cost will also be reimbursed to these women, thereby eliminating the financial barriers for poor women in uptake of family planning services. The successful implementation of this pilot would pave the way for scaling up this model throughout Punjab.
Mr. Jawad Ahmed Qureshi
CEO, Punjab Population Innovation Fund (PPIF)

The pilot model will facilitate low-income married women of reproductive age in district Rahim Yar Khan through a voucher scheme to avail free family planning services. Transportation cost will also be reimbursed to these women, thereby eliminating the financial barriers for poor women in uptake of family planning services. The successful implementation of this pilot would pave the way for scaling up this model throughout Punjab.

Ms. Lina Mousa
Country Representative to Pakistan- UNFPA

She also highlighted the greater need for empowering women by providing them better opportunities at health and education.The high-quality services and information must be made accessible to all the couples to decide the number and spacing between their children.

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