Knowledge SUCCESS loves feedback from our readers. We want to hear how our resources benefit your work, how we can improve, and your ideas for the site. Recently, you’ve mentioned wanting more insights specific to your countries and the context you work in. Say no more! We’ll be featuring organizations working at the national level in a series called “FP/RH Champion Spotlight.” Our goal is to spark new partnerships and give well-deserved credit to those advancing family planning and reproductive health with a regional focus.
This week, our featured organization is Likhaan Center for Women’s Health Inc.
Likhaan Center for Women’s Health Inc.
Likhaan is a non-government, nonprofit organization established in 1995 to respond to the sexual and reproductive health needs of women experiencing poverty. It runs community-based health programs anchored on three strategies: community education and mobilization; provision of primary, integrated sexual, and reproductive health (SRH) care; and advocacy for rights-based and equitable health policies.
Likhaan advances the right to family planning (FP) and SRH through three program strategies:
1. Adult and youth-trained community health promoters, community mobilizers, and community health workers provide information, organize collective actions to address problems, and assist health providers. Health promoters make women aware of FP and other SRH challenges, community mobilizers train women to express themselves and undertake collective actions, and community health workers provide counseling and referrals to other providers and facilities. Through these layered community interventions, women are able to:
2. Nurses, midwives, and a doctor provide integrated, gender-responsive, and respectful FP and SRH care in nine community-based clinics. Apart from contraception, integrated services include:
Providers are trained in technical skills and gender and rights so they address social issues, embedding FP and SRH needs, like:
3. Based on problems identified in communities and clinics, policy advocates study and propose changes to laws and policies to make them responsive to the needs of women experiencing financial insecurity and other marginalized groups. Previously, Likhaan helped advocate for several causes, including:
Check back soon for a new FP/RH Champion Spotlight organization!