Since the initiation of the Hepatitis Free Community Projects (HFCP), THF has been vaccinating target children in schools and Madrassas. However, a major chunk of children within the community were being missed.
To overcome this obstacle and reach within the community, a MoU was signed between THF and the Lady Health Workers (LHW) program, Sindh.
To date THF has successfully achieved 85 % Hepatitis B coverage of target children (total 9981 children)in the LHW covered areas. This has been made possible by working in close collaboration and coordination with the LHWs. These LHWs were awarded cash incentives to acknowledge their commitment and efforts. Special ceremonies were held at the Korangi Deputy Commissioner and Town Health offices to appreciate the partnerships and to distribute incentives to the LHW’s involved. The LHWs really appreciated being acknowledged for their work by THF.
This is a perfect example of public private partnership and we are hoping to replicate this success story in other future intervention areas as well.
Community ownership has been seen to have a positive and long term impact in achieving project objectives.It also helps in the sustainability of best practices.