Maternal Neonatal and Child Health Research Project
RMF Pakistan has partnered with the School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Canada to research and identify innovative, contextually specific solutions to the many problems the poor, marginalized, specifically women, in Pakistan face. Two qualitative studies on Gender, Class and Social Exclusion have been launched in three districts of Punjab. With a maternal mortality rate of 297/100,000 live births; Pakistan is one of the 6 countries estimated to contribute to half of all maternal deaths worldwide. Our research study in District Chakwal, funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) aims to explore the role of class and gender inequities on the design and delivery of maternal health services in Pakistan.
The research project in Districts Jhelum and Layyah, funded by Research Advocacy Fund aims to evaluate if Community Midwives are fulfilling the government objective of improving access to the full scope of skilled maternity care for the poor, disadvantaged and marginalized women. Our research findings aim to provide empirical evidence for formulation of maternal health policies and health care system practices in Pakistan.