The Sukh Initiative is a Family Planning program which is the result of a tripartite partnership between Aman Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the David & Lucile Packard Foundation.
Pakistan is estimated to have a 25% unmet need for family planning. In addition, it has alarming statistics for maternal and child health:
- One of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world (267 per 100,000 live births). Women die at childbirth, unassisted by medical professionals and in perilous conditions
- 42% of births in Pakistan occur without qualified birth attendants
The Sukh initiative aims to alleviate these challenges by providing access to quality contraceptive methods to promote the well-being of mothers and children and supporting the overall health and development of communities in some of the most underserved areas of Karachi.
The goal of Sukh is to increase modern contraceptive use by 15 percentage points amongst married women in four towns of peri-urban Karachi (Bin Qasim, Korangi, Landhi and Malir), covering a population of 1 million.
The Sukh Initiative is positioned to improve the health of mothers and children by appropriate spacing of pregnancies and by expanding access and quality of both information and services through: