Social Sector Services

The Social Services Sector has grown in size and complexity since it was established in 1992. NRSP’s Social Sector Services encompasses Education, Health and Nutrition and the ‘social development’ aspects of Water, Environment and Sanitation (WES). The latter complements the Engineering inputs.

In Pakistan Provincial Governments and Projects have established a large network of health and education facilities but these often lack an appropriate accountability mechanism. Many are not able to provide quality services to people, particularly the poor. Since the Government is responsible for health and education, and has the financial resources to ensure that services are provided, NRSP works on two fronts: (1) building people’s capacities to access services from schools and health facilities and to have a say in the local management of those facilities and (2) working with Government Departments to improve infrastructure and managerial and teaching skills, and to nurture an ethic of responsibility to and from those seeking services.

Social Sector Services has responded to disasters and crises when these have occurred, restoring physical, learning and healthcare environments for affected and traumatized people.

All Social Sector Services activities are based on Social Mobilisation: i.e. on the assumption that local people are best suited to work together to solve local problems. Depending on the projects and programmes being implemented, people are encouraged to form Community Organisations, Village Health or Education Committees, School Councils, Village Sanitation Committees and other bodies which are then strengthened to ensure effective interaction with Government Departments. As the Village Organisations and Local Support Organisations develop and become mature, they are being encouraged to take more responsibility for independent action relating to Education, Health and Sanitation and Sanitation.

Health

NRSP has been engaged in promoting community-based health care interventions for the rural poor since its inception in 1991. We have always recognized the need to ensure locally-available health care services for the very poor, who cannot afford to travel to distant centres …

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Education

Education is universally acknowledged as the primary means of improving the quality of life, expanding opportunities and enabling children to fully develop their intellectual abilities. The problems that plague public education in Pakistan are common to many developing …

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Sanitation

The community-driven approach to sanitation in Pakistan originated with the world-famous Orangi Pilot Project (known as OPP) in Karachi, led by the renowned Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan. The Lodhran Pilot Project, which began in 1999, was modeled on the OPP. According to the UNDP …

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