Motivational Determinants among Physicians in Lahore, Pakistan

This study aimed to identify the determinants of job motivation among physicians, a neglected perspective, especially in developing countries. [from abstract]

Pay for Performance: Improving Maternal Health Services in Pakistan

This case study thus describes an example of a private sector pay for performance voucher program targeting reproductive health and offers lessons for countries that are considering implementing similar schemes. [from author]

Developing Counseling skills through Pre-Recorded Videos and Role Play: a Pre- and Post-Intervention Study in a Pakistani Medical School

Interactive methods like role play, recorded video scenarios and objective structured clinical exam are being regularly used to teach and assess communication skills of medical students in the western world. In developing countries however, they are still in the preliminary phases of execution in most institutes. Our study was conducted in a naive under resourced setup to assess the impact of such teaching methodologies on the counseling skills of medical students. [from abstract]

Is Management Theory Universal? Training Health Professionals in Pakistan

This brief outlines the teaching of management theory in a training centre for government health workers in Peshawar, Pakistan. The study finds that imposing western principles of management is often inappropriate. Training must build on the strengths and address the weaknesses of local management styles in a sensitive manner. [from author]

Knowledge and Communication Needs Assessment of Community Health Workers in a Developing Country: a Qualitative Study

We conducted this study to document the perceptions of community health workers in Pakistan on their knowledge and communication needs, image building through mass media and mechanisms for continued education. [adapted from abstract]

Role of Pharmacists in Developing Countries: the Current Scenario in Pakistan

The pharmacy profession has expanded significantly in recent years in professional services delivery and now has been recognized as an important profession in the multidisciplinary provision of health care. In contrast to the situation in developed countries, pharmacists in developing countries are still underutilized and their role as health care professionals is not deemed important by either the community or other health care providers.

Freedom to Do the Job: Barriers to Female Health Workers Practicing in Pakistan

Pakistan has introduced female health workers to make sure that women are able to receive the health care they need. However, these health workers face the same cultural constraints as other women in their society. Male colleagues and managers must be more supportive to female health workers, whilst formal structures should be provided for training and effective complaints procedures. [from author]

Midwifery Scenario Pakistan

This presentation discusses the midwifery gap in Pakistan and the strategies they are using to address it.

Intervention Involving Traditional Birth Attendants and Perinatal and Maternal Mortality in Pakistan

This article describes an intervention for training traditional birth attendants and integrating them into an improved health care system, which was proven to be achievable and effective in reducing perinatal mortality. This model could result in large improvements in perinatal and maternal health in developing countries. [adapted from abstract]

Gender Sensitization among Health Providers and Communities through Transformative Learning Tools: Experiences from Karachi, Pakistan

Programs and services need to be sensitively designed to facilitate women’s access to physical and social needs. This paper narrates the experience of working with health providers from public and private sectors, community, local government representatives and community-based organizations. Through transformative learning, this endeavour focused on initiating a process of sensitization on gender related health issues for women. [from abstract]

Impact of Private Clinic Networks on Client Service Access and Quality: Evidence from Ethiopia, India and Pakistan

This presentation is from PSP-One’s GHC Expert Panel - Expanding Health Service Access, Quality, and Equity in Developing Countries: The Role of the Private Sector. It presents franchise models for delivering family planning and reproductive health services by the private sector.

Introducing Client-Centered Reproductive Health Services in a Pakastani Setting

Typically, provider–client interactions are brief, and providers often behave condescendingly toward clients. As a result, clients are unable to express their concerns or describe the limitations they face in trying to implement the providers’ suggested course of action. A training intervention was developed for providers that focused on addressing the problems inherent in this dynamic. This research was undertaken to assess whether providers in the experimental area delivered services in a different manner than they had prior to the training intervention. [adapted from author]

IUD Training Site Assessment for Key Social Marketing Project, Pakistan

This IUD assessment tool provides performance standards for IUD provision based on type of visit-new client or revisit. It may be used as part of a programmatic performance improvement initiative, by the site or individual providers to self-assess or by external evaluators to assess achievement of the standards. Often, performance standards are used to affect change at multiple sites. [author’s description]

Pakistan, Afghanistan Look to Women to Improve Health Care

Women health workers have been vital in improving the health of women and children in Pakistan. Inspired by its neighbor’s experience, Afghanistan is embarking on a similar program to encourage women to work in the health sector. [author’s description]