Pakistan

Pakistan (4)

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Programme for Poverty Reduction

In the Balochistan province of Pakistan, the most vulnerable people suffer severely from seasonal income crisis, acute food insecurity, severe malnutrition, and scarcity of water and sanitation. Due to unfavourable weather and under utilisation of resources, most of these people survive on low purchasing power with diminished economic opportunities.

We launched the ultra poor programme in Lasbela district in Balochistan to graduate people out of extreme poverty, in collaboration with Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund.

Our programme is specially designed to meet the needs of the vulnerable and marginalised, who are deprived of social and economic opportunities. We use an integrated model to provide a holistic environment conducive to socioeconomic uplift of ultra poor, poor and marginalised communities. The objective is poverty reduction through creation of sustainable conditions of social and economic development, including increased income and production capacity and social support.

Our holistic model has interventions in all sectors. We create social mobilisation for strengthening of community institutions. We increase health coverage by developing qualified paramedical staff and improving government health facilities. We promote education through community sensitisation, teachers’ training, establishing school enterprises and supporting government schools. We build communities through physical infrastructure development in renewable energy schemes, irrigation schemes, and drinking water schemes to collectively provide a sustainable enabling environment. Finally, we improve livelihood through productive assets transfer, skills and enterprise development trainings, with eventual graduation to microfinance.

Our active projects:

Programme

Project

Donor

Starting date

Duration

Ultra Poor Programme

Programme for Poverty Reduction

Government of Italy’s Facility and Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund

July 2015

3 years

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Microfinance

We launched our microfinance operations in Pakistan in 2007 to contribute to the reduction of poverty, create self-employment opportunities, enhance household income level, and reduce vulnerabilities of people in poverty. Focused exclusively around women, we strengthen the income base of women in poverty by providing access to credit that in turn enables them to start and expand income generating enterprises.

Our microfinance programme has three main components: microloans, small enterprises programme, and agriculture programme. We provide microloans to women, and bigger sized loans to small enterprises. Our agricultural programmes provide loans to smallholder farmers for farming equipments.

We have recently adopted digital solutions for ease of transactions for our clients.


Highlights:

  • We disbursed loans totalling USD 18.53 million
  • We reached 56,723 clients
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Health

We initiated our health programme in Pakistan to improve access to healthcare, and consequently improving the health status of people in poverty, particularly women and children. We immunise infants, women of childbearing age and pregnant women. We raise awareness in the communities about the importance of safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Keeping cultural sensitivity in mind, we provide health and nutrition education through separate health forums for men and women at the community level. We even have alternative methods to deliver health messages through the Imams (local religious spokesperson) in mosques.

We provide our health services through our community health promoters. Our health promoters are trained to provide basic curative services by diagnosing and treating common diseases and referring patients with serious complications to the nearest government facility. They provide a host of door-to-door health care services. They provide family planning services, as well as health and nutrition based education to families. They keep immunisation records of under-five children and their vitamin A intake in a family card. They also provide antenatal and postnatal care, promote breastfeeding, and refer mothers to hospitals when complications arise.

Our active projects:

Programme

Project

Donor

Starting date

Duration

Health

Basic and Preventive Health Program

ChildLife Foundation

June 2015

3 years

Chief Minister’s Initiative for Skills Enhancement of Lady Health Workers

Punjab Skills Development Fund

May 2016

6 months


Highlights:

  • Provided care to 2,687 pregnant women and referred 858 children for immunisation
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Education

At BRAC, we consider education to be a powerful tool for combating poverty, illiteracy and injustice. Our education programme in Pakistan provides primary education to out-of-school children. We support national efforts towards education for all. Our unique, low-cost, innovative, child friendly, non-formal primary education model leads to improved access and quality in education. We provide education through a one class room per school model with flexible timing, low cost teaching-learning materials, hygienic latrines and clean water facilities.

Our active projects:

Programme

Project

Donor

Starting date

Duration

Education

Sindh Education Foundation’s Assisted Schools

Sindh Education Foundation

January 2016

4 years

Sindh Education Non-State Actors Programme (SENSA)

DFID

April 2017

3 years

 

Highlights:

  • Operating 1,454 primary schools, enrolled 43,350 children (64% girls) and trained 1,347 teachers in Sindh
  • 5,493 learners graduated