PPHI-Balochistan is committed to provide basic health services in Balochistan. Our aim is to improve services by continuously work on capacity building of our Human Resource. Workshops and Training sessions are regularly arranged. Extensive human resource development is the salient feature of PPHIB as an organization.
PPHI Balochistan invests tremendously in the capacity-building of its human capital because they serve as the backbone of the organization. PPHI health and managerial staffs undergo relevant trainings throughout their tenure which help them perform their responsibilities with greater professionalism and commitment. The capacity-building programs aim at improving the staffs’ understanding of the relevant concepts and polishing their skills so as to improve the overall service outcomes.
TRAINING COURSE IN MATERNAL, NEONATAL AND CHILD HEALTHCARE
PPHI Balochistan signed in 2015 a memorandum of understanding with the Institute of Development Studies and Practices (IDSP) for capacity building of Lady Health Visitors (LHVs). Under this partnership, the lady health visitors are trained in the modern concepts and practices in maternal, neonatal and child health at the Karachi-based Qatar Hospital. The training course is designed to improve MNCH outcomes in Balochistan which ranks first in maternal and child mortality in Pakistan. During this three-month long course, each LHV practically handles around 50 delivery cases in the supervision of highly qualified medical professionals at Qatar Hospital. In the first year of the program in 2015, fifty-nine(59) LHVs from different districts of Balochistan were trained at the Qatar Hospital. The post-training performance of LHVs has shown visible improvement. The LHVs are now working in a professional manner with increased self-confidence. They are able to handle complicated pregnancy cases at the BHUs. The trained LHVs have caused an obvious surge in the number of female outpatients which indicates that the public’s confidence in BHUs has grown. Apart from treating patients, the LHVs are also mobilizing the communities to seek medical help in antenatal and postnatal cases at BHUs.
There are many factors that constitute the selection criteria of LHVs for training in Karachi. Those serving in undeserved areas and poor slums are given preference. PPHI particularly aims for rural and urban slums which are mostly inhabited by poor and marginalized communities. PPHI has established several MCH centers that operate 24/7 in the undeserved localities. During the practical training course, the LHVs work in the following areas:
- Antenatal Ward
- Postnatal Ward
- Pediatric Ward
- Family Planning
- EPI Center
- OPD / Labor Room
The IDSP has trained LHVs/FMTs in MCH & safe delivery practices. It will help the capacity strengthening contributes to the sustain ability of health systems. The IDSP Pakistan issued a report late last year on the LHVs training program. Ten (10) batches of one hundred and forty-nine (149) LHVs and FMTs have successfully completed their three (3) months training in Qatar Hospital Karachi. Batch 10th Comprises fifteen (15) LHVs are on training.
EPI MID LEVEL MANAGER TRAINING
PPHI Balochistan has managed three days and six days Mid-Level Managers training for District Support Managers, Assistant District Support Managers and Monitoring Evaluation Officers at Karachi with support of Expended Program for Immunization Balochistan, World Health Organization Balochistan and UNICEF Balochistan at Karachi. Twenty-eight DSMs and 32 ADSMs and Monitoring Evaluation Ofcers were trained in EPI Mid-Level Manager (MLM) Training for PPHI Officials.