Introduction

TFHI is a public health initiative of Taaleem Foundation – an NGO striving to educate and engineer social change in the remote and under-privileged areas of Pakistan.

TFHI was born in Zhob (Fort Sandeman - Balochistan) during 1991, when Taaleem Foundation ventured in providing ‘School Health Services’ to the students and teachers of ‘Taaleem Foundation Grammar School System’, which at that time, comprised of only schools, one each at Kohlu and Zhob. Later when Taaleem Foundation’s operation grew in expansion, so did its health initiative.

The expansion goes on – not only in terms of geographical coverage but also in the range of services offered. Starting from simply recording basic primary health care indicators of the target communities of teachers, students and their parents, the organization grew in offering social mobilization in public health, quality education, livelihood trainings and gender mainstreaming. It further invested its time, energy and resources in bridging the gap between the public sector professionals and private sector health operators. Linking the two is never so easy, but given the access and acceptability of its mother body, ie Taaleem Foundation in the communities, the TFHI thrives on adding the building blocks to climb up the ladder as a reliable service provider in this sector. TFHI has come up a long way in building the participatory development capacity of the target communities and issue-based networking.