The issue of lack of proper training centers for nurses in our country has prevailed since the inception of our country. APWA Punjab has contributed to 90% births of children which were attended by skilled LHV during 2013 and 2014 through establishment of 12 Family Welfare Centers across Punjab. APWA has trained LHV’s, and equipped them with the latest technology and equipment at Family Welfare Centers for catering issues like family planning, maternal health and postnatal care. Informative lectures on health and women diseases are regularly delivered at these centers. APWA has also invited pharmaceutical companies to visit these centers and raise awareness about the usages of allopathic medicines.
APWA has also provided equipment at health centers to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the centers. APWA has contributed to these centers by providing them with:
Widowed at an early age, Naeema is well versed in her field. Having served for so long she not only has a lot of knowledge about general ailments and family planning but has been taking refresher courses to keep herself abreast of current practices. Her experience at handling patients is also invaluable. However, Naema feels she is ready to retire. Her daughter has been formally trained by Green Star and also doing her Masters in Gender and Development. Her mention is important because she shares her mother’s passion and more than that is determined to serve APWA. Her association with APWA since her childhood when she visited the headquarters on the monthly visits with her mother is very strong. Naeema is highly regarded in the vicinity. Some of her older patients from other areas also come to her for treatment and purchase of the contraceptive devices. People have a long association with her. They have built a trust through her for APWA. Her patients come in the morning but mostly in the afternoon when they dropped children for tuition. Naema keeps a stock of medication, and devices that are promoted by Green Star. In a month she estimates that around she attends to some 50 family planning patients. The rest around 300 come with complaints of general ailments. The Lady Motivator serves the Centre in informing younger married girls, and reminding regular patients of their upcoming appointments. Green Star also puts up advertising camps to inform and encourage woman in the area. The records are meticulously kept.