Community Midwives: Under the aegis of Chitral Child Survival Program, and in collaboration with Department of Health in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, 28 community midwives were trained, deployed and later supervised to help increase the percentage of assisted deliveries in Chitral. This initiative has been a great success and has been much appreciated by the local and provincial government, especially as these community midwives are now regular employees in the government’s MNCH program.
Micro Health Insurance: Following a highly competitive process, a joint effort by the Aga Khan Foundation, the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, the Aga Khan Health Services and Jubilee Life Insurance was awarded a social protection project entitled Micro Health Insurance Initiative. With the support of the German government's development bank kfW and the Government of Gilgit Baltistan, the initiative will use data acquired from the Benazir Income Support programmeto identify the poorest 21% of the Gilgit district whose insurance premiums will be paid by the government. These poor families covered under the Micro Health Initiative will have access to cash-less health services at the government, AKHS as well as the private hospitals in Gilgit. The aim is to protect these families from the escalating cost of health incurred by chronic illnesses, maternity, and injuries due to road traffic accidents.
Public Private Partnerships: AKDN has demonstrated successful models of public private partnerships in managing secondary level health facilities of the government in Chitral as well as Giglit Baltistan (supported by the Italian, Norwegian, German and Canadian governments). Such partnerships not only build capacity of the public sector and enhance the trust among community served by these hospitals, but also have complemented the government’s agenda of providing equitable quality health care to the people of the region. The Central Asia Health Systems Strengthening project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, has provided state of the art diagnostic equipment, supplies, training, and e-health services to all the project facilities.
Cross Border Health Initiative: With support from the French government, AKDN has been implementing cross border Maternal Newborn Child Health activities including nutrition, immunization, family planning and reproductive health care to people living close to the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. This project has been part of Pak-Afghan-Tajikistan cross border health initiative helping people living in remote communities to access healthcare at the health posts established at the border villages of Chitral.