Operations research on the female village-based family planning worker program of Pakistan
This article presents the results of a number of operations research studies (OR) of family planning services provided by a new cadre of female village-based family planning workers in Punjab Province, Pakistan. This cadre of workers, recruited nationwide, has been trained to visit women in their villages to provide information and family planning services. The studies were conducted as part of a broad program of technical assistance to the Government of Pakistan. Surveys investigated the quality of their training as well as attitudes among clients to the new program. They found that the program is developing well but there is room for improvement, particularly in counseling and training. Additional field studies are ongoing and recommendations for change have been incorporated in training and supervision. The program is expanding on a national scale.
Lush, Louisiana, George P. Cernada, Ubaidur Rob, Mohammed Shafiq Arif, Minhaj ul Haque, and Muhammad Shafiq Ahmad. 2006. “Operations research on the female village-based family planning worker program of Pakistan,” International Quarterly of Community Health Education 26(2): 189–210.