RAH (Responsible Actions for Health)
RAH (Responsible Actions for Health) is the Health Program of SACHET. RAH is the largest program area of SACHET. RAH when written and pronounced in Urdu means the path. Education/ Khazeena, Poverty alleviation cum Income Generation (PACIG) and Training/survival kit are support program areas.
SACHET has adopted the holistic interpretation of health, which goes beyond medical/curative models and includes Health promotion, advocacy, research, training, community involvement and outreach services, poverty issues and education.
All Programs are implemented through different projects which are Community based and community driven. Projects with tangible services, situated in rural areas are categorized as service delivery projects and are together, well-known as SACHET Community development Programs (SCDP).
SACHET Community Health Centers & Free Dispensaries
SACHET’s Health program started in Oct 1999 with the establishment of first primary health care facility in Shahdra, a valley of rural Islamabad. (See annual report 1999-2000 for details). The objective of this initiative was to provide free quality primary & reproductive health care to the disadvantaged communities facing barriers like financial, geographical or social inaccessibility to such services. The objective continued with the establishment of Pinyali, Banigala, Gagri & Pathargarh clinics in the network of SACHET free clinics.
Currently SACHET clinics offer primary and reproductive health services (family planning counseling and services) and referral services with provision of 153 different life saving drugs, temporary contraceptive products & health education to an estimated population of 200,000 of 57 villages located in Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Attock districts. The average turnover is 100/patients per day in these clinics.
Till 30 June 2018, Total 1,248,118 patients received free medical care at all SACHET Community Health Centers since its initiation in 1999.
SACHET Community Development Program, Shahdra Islamabad
On October 12, 1999, SACHET launched its Community Development Program (SCDP) with the establishment of a free clinic in Shahdra, a quaint village located 15 kilometers east of Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. A bumpy road links the village to the capital.
The clinic was established in an abandoned Basic Health Unit (BHU) of Health Directorate Islamabad Capital Territory, which was without any doctor and paramedical staff for many years. SACHET adopted the BHU, got the dilapidated building completely renovated and instantly embarked upon its mission of improving the health status of the village population through provision of free health services.
Spread over 2,006 acres, Shahdra has a population of about 25,000, with eight villages surrounding it within a radius of five kilometers. The local community of Shahdra and adjacent population of eight villages in the catchment area, the clinic is also visited by the inhabitants of Phareela and Neelam Bhoto in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Since Shahdra borders the Haripur District, these two villages are also included in our catchment area. Patients from these villages visit the clinic in Shahdra after traversing a two-hour journey by foot through a mountainous terrain.
SACHET Community Development Program, Banigala Islamabad
Banigala, which is located at a distance of 18 kilometers from SACHET Head Office in F-8 Markaz, Islamabad on the road leading to the National Institute of Health, was chosen for the establishment of SACHET’s third Community Health Centre launched on February 1, 2001.
Banigala Community Development Program Banigala, houses medical clinic, a free dispensary, community development centre and a Youth Friendly Centre. The project catchment area is spread out in a hilly terrain consisting of five villages with a population of 35,000.
The clinic seeks to provide services to a population of 50,000 inhabiting Pinyali and 21 villages in its catchment area.
Pinyali, a distant village of Rawalpindi, was chosen for establishing the second SACHET free clinic in 2000. The then Federal Minister for Health Dr. Abdul Malik Kasi, inaugurated this first of its kind facility in the area.
SACHET Community Development Program, Gagri Islamabad
Gagri Clinic started functioning on August 17, 2001. Situated on Japan Road, 0.5 kilometers off Islamabad Highway and 20 kilometers from Zero Point, the population of Gagri and 16 other villages in its catchment area comes to around 50,000.
SACHET Community Development Program Gagri houses a modern free medical clinic, a Vocational Training center for women and a Community Development Center.
SACHET Community Development Program, Pathargarh Attock
The Community Health Centre at Pathargarh Village of Tehsil Hasanabdal, District Attock started functioning on 29th of August 2002 and is currently serving a population of more than 100,000. The clinic is the only facility in this area and is always crowded with patients seeking free medical care.
At the moment SACHET Community Health Center in Pathargah, Attock offers free primary and reproductive health services (family planning counseling and services), referral services, provision of free dispensary, temporarily contraceptive products, ultrasound services and health education program.
The community Health Centre in Pathargarh Attock is purposefully built on a land of 4 kanals with a provision of Doctor’s Room, Emergency Room, ward, Dispensary, waiting area, reception, medicine storage room and well maintained garden area and completely owned by SACHET Pakistan. It is equipped with a full time qualified female Medical Officer and paramedic staff. The average daily turnover is 45 patients at clinic and majority are women and children. This clinic also provides a strong referral service for community patients requiring secondary and tertiary medical care.
SACHET’s Poverty alleviation cum Income generation Program (PACIG) is also running a Craft Training Center for girls in Pathargarh.
‘Behnaan di Mehfil’ and ‘Bharavan di Mehfil’ (assemblies of sisters and brothers respectively). These gatherings, are arranged by SACHET at the community level to sensitize the men & women (both young & old, married and unmarried) on different gender issues like Importance of education, girl education, poverty, economic empowerment, & health (nutrition, immunization and preventable diseases, family planning, Hepatitis, HIV/AID, further more It also provide a forum to the community members to see their problems with their eyes and identify indigenous and realistic solutions. Mehfils also bridge the gap between perceived and actual needs of the community.