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Enabling Women to Lead Health Interventions in their Communities – Muslim Aid

Muslim Aid

High up in the hills of Janial, a remote village of Mirpur, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, nine-year old Nayab Mehfooz lives with her parents. Her father is a shopkeeper in local market, while her mother is a housewife.  Nayab has lymphatic disorder, and her muscles are weak, which means that she never enjoyed a ‘typical’ childhood. “I cannot run or jump or play on the swings. I have weak legs.” She says

With an aim to complement Government efforts in providing immediate lifesaving and life- sustaining assistance, Muslim Aid Pakistan (MAP) has adopted an integrated Multisector Response Approach to tackle the effects of drought in 25 villages across three Union Councils (UCs); Ziarat Balanosh, Amuri, and Nokundi of District Chagai, located north-west of Balochistan. MAP has reached out to a total of 8,968 individuals directly and 9,600 indirectly, through an integrated response in Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), and Food Security.

In this regard, Muslim Aid Pakistan, in partnership with UN-OCHA, implemented the Pakistan Humanitarian Pool Fund (PHPF) Program working on an integrated approach with women in the community. Hygiene tool kits were distributed in women older than 15 years of age, followed by a tutorial on its use and an elaborate hygiene session to information on reproductive health, critical hand

washing times and techniques, menstrual cycle, and good menstrual hygiene. The sessions dispelled misinformation and superstitions about menstruation and hygiene and worked on building women’s capacity for safe and hygienic practices.

40-year-old Fatima Bibi is a resident of Killi Fakeer Badaad, an impoverished village of Ziarat Balanosh. With poor menstrual hygiene and an absence of toilets, health risks threatening her community posed a major challenge. MAP reached out to Fatima Bibi’s village with its integrated approach as part of the drought response project.

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