In 2007, PPHI Sindh accepted gigantic challenge to uplift the Primary Health Care (PHC) at first level care facilities of the province. PHC refers to "essential health care" that is based on scientifically sound and socially acceptable methods and technology, which make universal health care accessible to all individuals and families in a community.
The comprehensive PHC package includes the following essential components; treatment of endemic diseases, maternal and newborn care, provision of essential drugs, immunization, family planning, nutrition, health education, mental health, facilitating provision of safe drinking water and sanitation and community participation.
With the course of time the company has grown enormously and has broadened its scope from 6/6 essential primary health care to 24/7 basic obstetric care with a distinctive record of making Sindh as the first province of the country to upgrade 300+ BHUs to 24/7 maternity centres without having any extra resources from the government of Sindh. Key interventions (based on the morbidity and mortality data) in this domain include; strict infection prevention measures in the labour rooms, universal use of partograph, quality Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) for stable premature and low-birth weight newborns, iron & folic acid supplementation, rational use of antibiotics, use of Misoprostol (drug used for postpartum hemorrhage) and use of Magnesium Sulphate (drugs used in fits) under helping mother survive, deworming & use of antenatal corticosteroids, helping baby breath corners at over 630 HFs for birth asphyxia management, use of chlorhexidine, Vitamin K and Tertacycline eye ointment for newborn sepsis under helping baby survive strategy.
Family Planning is another PPHI priority and the performance so far has been forthcoming; special interventions in this domain include quality family planning services through trained healthcare providers at special FP counselling desks throughout 1,139 health facilities across the province (except Karachi and Shaheed Benazirabad), trained healthcare providers in implant and IUCD insertion to optimize the long acting reversible contraception (LARC) performance, mass public awareness campaigns and special health education sessions on family planning.
Newborn and child health needs special mention here where the organization has a dedicated wing. The PHC service delivery includes Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses and Possible Serious Bacterial Infection management as per WHO protocols. In collaboration with UNICEF, WHO has trained the medics in treating the most common diseases of the childhood including Pneumonia and Diarrhoea with Amoxicillin DT and ORS Zinc co-pack respectively.
Believing in an integrated service delivery approach, the organization has always offered unconditional support to the vertical programs since its inception. The support extends in terms of providing conducive environment at the PPHI Sindh’s health facilities to the partners, human resource support, provision of supplies and equipment even electric and solarised ice-lined refrigerators (ILRs) for the expanded program for immunization.
Extra value addition has been of the central importance that includes provision of Anti-Snake Venom (ASV), provision of Anti-Rabies Vaccine (ARV), quality laboratory services (free for pregnant women), ultrasound services, ambulance services, radiology services*, comprehensive obstetric and neonatal care*, dental care*, advance ophthalmology services*. (* at selected centres only)
Research being the key to this dynamic world, the organization has an in-house full-fledged research, Training and development wings to deliver the best of the healthcare optimally."