Future Plans

The future plans to be pursued by the Population Welfare Department Punjab in the next five years (2010-2015) are:

  • Family Planning services in the rural areas will be made available at the doorstep through Social Mobilizers (Male)/Religious Leaders/Imams in 3464 Union Councils of the Punjab and through 1890 Family Planning Homes.
  • Mobile Service facilities will be strengthened for covering far-flung villages having low CPR and limited access to family planning services and to provide linkage with the Social Mobilizers.
  • The existing 1500 Family Welfare Centres (FWCs) network will be expanded to 1800 Centres in a phased manner during the plan period.
  • Twenty two (22) new Family Health Clinics would be established during the plan period. Thus a total of 143 FHCs would be on the ground. Family Health Training Centres would be strengthened during the plan period. Existing number of Men Advisory Centres will continue.
  • More hospitals in public and private sector would be included as RHS-B Centres for contraceptive surgery facilities. Preference will be given to rural areas i.e. with recommended weightage 60% in rural and 40% in urban areas.
  • Effective involvement of Lady Health Workers of the National Programme for Family Planning and Primary Health Care, and health outlets of Health Department and Provincial Line Departments.
  • Support for Social Marketing of Contraceptives (SMC) Program by the Federal Government in Punjab for distribution of condoms and oral pills through the Private/ Commercial sector using an independent logo would continue.
  • Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and other public-private sector organizations (PPSOs) will be encouraged to improve and expand service facilities.
  • Registration of Medical Practitioners (RMPs) and Homoeopaths would be further strengthened in the program.
  • Training and orientation programmes will be accelerated for program personnel and employees of other departments providing health services at different outlets and for the community based groups.
  • Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign would be pursued vigorously through mass media. Inter-personal communication channels and target-oriented approach would be used in rural areas.  Program visibility would be increased and improved by massive display of billboards, banners, signboards etc. at prominent places.
  • Community involvement by holding Sukhi Ghar Mehfils by FPHCs / FWCs at grass root level, supporting NGOs and ensuring participation of local councils/ leaders in the field of family planning.
  • Establishment of 09 Divisional Directorates, 02 new districts Nankana Sahib & Chiniot, 14 new Tehsils, 300 Family Welfare Centres and 180 Model Family Welfare Centres.
  • Monitoring, Supervision and Management Information System would be improved and made effective by surprise and scheduled visits and regular review through the program infrastructure at the provincial, divisional, district and tehsil levels.
  • A pilot project in 17 selective districts for provision of food supplements for breast feeding mothers shall be launched.