The Baghbanan Health Centre (BHC) is situated next to the NMS school in a purpose-built building. The BHC was originally built by HOPE’87 with donations from ANT Hiroshima (Japan) on land donated by the community (about 1000 square yards) free of cost.
In 2009, a comprehensive survey of 200 households in Baghbanan highlighted the problems found in this area, with high levels of acute malnutrition (26.6%) and chronic malnutrition (43.1%), poor uptake of ante-natal care (14.3%), low levels of infant and child immunisation (20%) and financial problems faced at delivery (89%). The survey revealed that the Baghbanan population consists of a total of about 30,000 people in 5,000 households, made up of 5,715 women and 6,820 men, with 7,770 girls under 18 and 9,025 boys under 18.
Abaseen Foundation was contracted to start health services in the BHC building in 2010 and the funding was provided by HOPE’87, Proluka, and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). AF PK was able to expand and operationalise the BHC to provide essential services such as consultation and diagnosis, ante-natal and post-natal care, nutrition support, pathology, and free medications. In addition, health education sessions and social mobilisation activities were implemented. As a measure of its success, from March 2011 to October 2012 the BHC saw 20,671 patients, including 3,100 girls and boys under 5 years and around 7,000 women.
There was a clear need to continue primary health care service provision for this chronically poor population beyond the end of the Hope’87 funding period (date??), and to strengthen and extend the range of service provision including immunisation of women and children, reproductive health including family planning, health education, nutritional assessment, nutrition support for malnourished girls and boys under 5 years old, and pregnant and lactating women. In addition, an outreach worker programme to support dissemination of health messages needed to be implemented, and local traditional birth attendants (TBAs) who have been trained in safe and effective birthing practices needed to be utilised in a microcredit voucher scheme for reproductive health support. AF PK and AF UK were successful in securing funding for another 3 years from DfID to continue and expand the HCB services.
The DfID project concluded in the 2016. Part of the agreement with DfID was that minimal service user charges would continue to be charged throughout the project period and retained in order to sustain the project for at least a further two years beyond the life time of the project, to allow time to secure further funds for sustainability.
Currently we offer a range of curative and preventative services including consultations, Mother-and-Child Services, EPI, Nutritional support, Laboratory services, TB treatment, and health education activities.
The residents of the Baghbanan region all benefit directly from these improvements in the health care services provided by the BHC. In addition, there are indirect beneficiaries from the neighbouring regions of Frontier Region Peshawar, FATA and the Afghan refugee camp in Shamshatoo (20km from Baghbanan) where there is currently very limited access to affordable primary health care provision.