Sehat Sahulat Card (SSC)
Country of Operation
- Contech International, PakistanNot-for-profit
- District Governments of Kasur and RawalpindiGovernment
SummarySehat Sahulat Card (SSC), or Health Facilities Card, is an innovative public private partnership model. It is a voucher scheme that increases accessibility to quality maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services to expecting mothers from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The main objective of the programme is to provide improved health coverage and quality MNCH services through social safety mechanisms to women and newborns living below the poverty line. The programme mainly targets pregnant women from underprivileged backgrounds in the rural areas, most of whom have limited or no access to quality healthcare services.
Key program components
SSC is being implemented in two union councils of Rawalpindi, Shakrial and Gangal and union council Matta in Kasur. The service package covers antenatal care, delivery and post natal care. This includes up to four visits to a doctor before the delivery, as well as baseline investigations such as complete blood count, blood grouping, urine examination, screening and ultra sound. It also provides micro nutrients and medicines to benefiting expecting mothers. Similarly, the natal care package covers the entire delivery process (normal, episiotomy or C-section), including medicines and equipment for relevant procedures, hospital stay, newborn care and vaccinations. Lastly the post natal component provides clinical examination, micronutrients and medicines (if required) followed by counseling on breast feeding and family planning. Transportation is also provided to the beneficiaries during the entire process. The beneficiaries of SSC are carefully selected through a tested poverty index that takes into account income thresholds and social indicators. Due to the private sector's higher accessibility and generally better quality care, private healthcare providers are given preference in voucher redemption under this programme across both districts.