Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN)


Principal Investigator:
Thomas Bossert

Department of Global Health and Population/ Health Systems Group

John Snow Incorporated

Dates of Research:
January 15, 2006 — June 30, 2007


Pakistani maternal, newborn and child-health is among the worst in South Asia. To battle the high mortality rates associated with childbirth in Pakistan, USAID has established the Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN). The goal of PAIMAN is to reduce these mortality rates through viable initiatives and the capacity-building of existing programs in Pakistani health systems and communities, and to improve and reinforce the link of health care for women from the home to the hospital. Towards this end, the Harvard School of Public Health in conjunction with John Snow, Inc. is assessing the human resource capacity of district health management teams and drawing on this analysis to initiate programs to provide training, mentoring, and other technical assistance in each district. These new interventions will then be evaluated based on their impact. Additionally, the project uses stakeholder and feasibility analysis for strengthening advocacy capacity at the district, provincial, and national levels.