LAHORE (PR) – Pakistan’s Demographic and Health Survey (2006-2007) states that 61 per cent of Pakistani women give birth at home. For every 100,000 live births, approximately 319 rural women and 58 newborns die each year.

The Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN) works with the poor, using participatory approaches for development. In areas of rural Pakistan, not yet covered by Lady Health Workers, the RSPN and one of its partner organizations, the Thardeep Rural Development Programme, have implemented a community-based mechanism to reduce pregnancy-related health concerns and promote contraceptive use.