Astarte in Pakistan
Frontier Primary Health Care (FPHC) has serviced Afghan refugees in the Northwest Frontier Province of Pakistan since 1980. FPHC operates a system of health centers in the camps to provide critical services.
Setting the Snapshot:
Due to instability in Afghanistan, Afghans have sought refuge in northern Pakistan since 1979. By the end of 2001, there were nearly 5 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Many of these refugees have been repatriated and returned to Afghanistan, but continued violence in the region creates an uncertain future. Most recently in 2010, floods in Pakistan limited access to critical health care services and put Afghan refugees at even greater danger.
FPHC worked to improve the quality of reproductive health services for Afghan refugees through staff training and community education. This approach allowed FPHC to continue providing routine primary care activities while building the skills of FPHC staff members and volunteers in reproductive health.
After the Grant:
FPHC continues to raise awareness of RH issues by establishing community groups in target areas. To address the needs or returnees, FPHC seeks to establish a new program in Afghanistan through its current Afghan staff. FPHC showed a strong response to providing care to Afghan refugees affected by the 2010 floods, though the few financial resources have limited the services that FPHC could potentially provide.