GIRL'S & WOMEN'S HEALTH INITIATIVE
OUR SERVICES

We hold free talks, lectures, seminars and workshops across Lahore and outside. The purpose is empowering girls and women of all educational and socio-economic strata with correct and up to date knowledge about their health and well being. Knowledge is the greatest gift that can change people’s lives and GWHI is a pioneer in this new concept of empowerment by knowledge. These sessions are held in various schools, colleges , universities , institutions and clubs .Information leaflets are given and question and answer sessions are an integral part of the programs

We are running the following out reach programs which provide first class medical and laboratory services .Treatment is also provided on spot and referral is duly arranged.The data so acquired shall be helpful in identifying the exact algorithms, which will assist us to implement reforms with the Government.

AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS


Our awareness programs not only educate and provide basic tests to girls and women but also disperse medicines for common ailments. Prevention is better than cure and early diagnosis often means a quick and complete recovery. Unfortunately, it is a great tragedy that our women and especially girls do not recognize or even disclose their gynecological problems due to social taboos. The motive behind our awareness campaign is to evolve understanding about health issues amongst all strata of our society, deprived and privileged. Few of our ongoing Projects are summarized here.

FOLIC ACID CAMPAIGN


Our nationwide Folic Acid Campaign aims at preventing 90 % miscarriages and most of the brain and spinal abnormalities in the unborn baby.
PCOS GROUP


To raise awareness about this commonest hormonal problem in young girls, causing weight gain, facial hair growth, acne and period problems. This is nearly an epidemic and has long term health consequences. We hold interactive sessions in schools, colleges, universities and clubs to empower girls and women with knowledge re all common gynaecological and general health issues.

LET US FIGHT BREAST CANCER TOGETHER


Breast cancer prevention and awareness program is designed to educate the women about the risk factors and how lifestyle changes can reduce one’s personal risk

In Pakistan 1 in 9 women are at risk of developing breast cancer and most of them present at a late stage although early diagnosis means better outcomes after treatment. Early detection means that the disease is curable in most cases. Unfortunately most of our patients present late

This program reaches out to women of all strata especially those population groups who would not be able to seek help and advice. We tell them about the role of lifestyle factors in reducing their risk of breast cancer, teach them breast self-examination. Clinical breast examination is carried out by expert doctors. We are hoping to start a mobile mammography service soon.

GO PINK ! (NO MORE ANAEMIA)


Over a half of our girls and women have iron deficiency anemia. This makes them tired, unwell and feeling low. They are also at a much higher risk of complications in pregnancy and delivery. Simple changes in the diet can help them come back to a healthy life. In our free medical camps we check the Complete Blood Count of all those who attend. We are running an awareness campaign along with advising them about the necessary changes and also provide supplementation for at least 3 months.

HEALTHY TEENS - HEALTHY NATION (ADOLESCENT HEALTH CAMPAIGN)


This includes creating awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyle in the teenage girls .We address weight extremes , healthy diet , exercise and teen immunizations. GWHI also is working towards creating a cultural shift in favour of girls .Self defence and protection issues are also being taken up alongwith the fight against rapidly rising drug abuse and smoking habits amongst the youngesters.

NO MORE CERVICAL CANCER !


GWHI has initiated an organised program to create awareness about Cervical cancer Prevention in Pakistan.We are not only empowering girls and women with correct knowledge about this disease but also introducing the anti cancer vaccine concept.The big handicap GWHI faces in this context is the price of the vaccine.We are looking forward to support by international agencies in this regard for provision of free or hisghly subsidized vaccines.We have also started  A Single Visit , SEE and TREAT Cervical Cancer Prevention Program using VIA

NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT PROJECT


Nutritional assessment of females in low socioeconomic strata. The diet planning is also advised according to the means of a family and according to the available resources of a particular area. This is an ambulatory service so as to out reach the target population. We are offering both assessments and advice according to the means of a family and the available resources of a particular area. We have a dedicated campaign against malnutrition, childhood and teenage obesity and eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia.

ADVOCACY AND CAPACITY BUILDING


The above said few projects are  simply oriented towards the basic health and well being of our females. GWHI in addition has partaken a more assiduous responsibility by taking up the issues such as society change, health delivery reforms, education initiative, action plans for safe motherhood, reproductive and sexual health and rights, fight against gender based violence, education and research and training the trainers.

EMERGENCY OBSTETRIC AND NOENATAL CARE COURSE SERIES


As a part of our commitment towards achieving the MDGs 4 and 5 , GWHI is pleased to initiate an on going series of courses in Emergency Obstetrics and Neonatal Care.These courses aim at providing skills and drills based teaching to the Punjab Government work force who are the primary contacts for women .

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