What is the Aaghosh Program?
The gift of life is a precious blessing – and the health and well-being of a pregnant or lactating mother is vital to the health and growth of her little one. Evidence shows that the first 1,000 days (starting from a woman’s pregnancy till her infant’s 24 months) are the most critical to ensure a positive impact on the child’s cognitive and physical development.
Aaghosh program offers conditional cash grants to the Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLWs) to visit nearby public health facilities (BHUs, RHCs, THQs and DHQs) and avail healthcare services and facilities during antenatal and postnatal visits.
Who is Eligible to Apply to be an Aaghosh Beneficiary?
Pregnant and lactating women, and mothers of children up to 2 years of age, who have a valid CNIC and belong to the 12 districts are eligible for the Aaghosh program.
How is the Aaghosh Improving the Quality of HealthCare?
The objective of the Aaghosh program is to increase access and improve the availability of key healthcare services among poor and vulnerable households. Under this Program, PHCIP is working on strengthening the infrastructure of public health facilities (Basic Health Units and Rural Health Centers), which are being upgraded along with the provision of better healthcare services, as well as trained Lady Health Workers (LHWs) and staff, and the necessary equipment to ensure expecting and lactating mothers can be attended to throughout the pre-natal and post-natal period. This includes necessary health check-ups for expecting mothers, delivery services in a clean, equipped facility and post-natal care as well as immunization services to protect the newborn. Efforts are being made to sensitize the beneficiaries through outreach, social mobilization and information dissemination campaigns, creating awareness and increasing demand for healthcare services to improve the quality of life of beneficiaries. Further, the Aaghosh program is implementing motivational and educational interventions for positive behaviour change, including providing counselling on mother and child health, birth spacing, hygiene and sanitation.
How Does Aaghosh Serve Beneficiaries?
The main purpose of this Program is to take care of the health and nutrition of mother and child, benefitting specifically pregnant women and lactating mothers of children under the age of 2. The Aaghosh program includes quarterly medical examinations of pregnant women, maternity procedures with trained staff, immunization courses for children under two years of age, birth registration, nutrition, hygiene and family planning awareness.
Aaghosh (Health & Nutrition Conditional Cash Transfer Program)
The Aaghosh program is working to implement improved healthcare facilities, trained staff, immunization facilities to encourage women to opt for hospital-based deliveries. This has been actioned by implementing the Health & Nutrition Conditional Cash Transfer (H&N CCT) program, for eligible pregnant and lactating women with children up to 2 years of age.
Pregnant women and lactating mothers can be registered in the Aaghosh program through the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) App by Lady Health Visitors (LHVs) at public health facilities (Basic Health Units and Rural Health Centers), and receive Conditional Cash Transfers as per the schedule of visits listed below. These cash payouts are helpful in contributing to better nutrition for mothers, which in turn contributes to the baby’s health and well-being.
Conditional Cash Transfers up to Rs. 23,000/-
- Rs. 2000 on registration of pregnant women in Aaghosh at BHUs and RHCs by LHVs.
- Rs. 6000 on 4 scheduled antenatal (during pregnancy) visits i.e., Rs. 1500 after each visit.
- Rs. 4000 on safe delivery (child’s birth) at Government health facility (BHU, RHC, THQ & DHQ).
- Rs. 2000 on newborn’s checkup within 15 Days of child’s birth.
- Rs. 2000 each on 1st & 2nd Measles vaccination.
- Rs. 5000 after inclusion of Child’s NADRA B-form/CRC number into Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Application by LHV.