BEHIND THE MASK: Pakistan’s First On-line Interactive Documentary on Woman Well being Staff.
Pakistan (Muhammad Yasir) Public Companies Worldwide (PSI) pronounces the launch of Pakistan’s first on-line interactive documentary expertise, offering crucial perception into the lives of girl well being employees who proceed to face on the frontlines of Pakistan towards all infectious ailments, saving a whole lot of lives, each single day.
Woman well being employees are a part of a authorities program that was developed in 1994 to supply primary well being care companies to underprivileged communities in rural and low-income city areas. They’ve performed a vital function in polio vaccine dispensation, pre- and post-natal consciousness and healthcare for rural moms, and well being schooling and promotion, household planning, and most not too long ago, for COVID-19.
Divided right into a sequence of episodes, “Behind the Masks: Pakistan” is a key episode which focuses on the struggles confronted by healthcare employees particularly in Pakistan, chronicling their challenges and the impression of COVID-19 on their lives. The Pakistan episode of the documentary highlights the work of Hassena, a woman well being employee [LHW] who, alongside along with her colleagues, fashioned the All Sindh Woman Well being Staff and Staff Union (ASLHWEU) to advocate for higher working situations and wages.
With “Behind the Masks: Pakistan”, PSI campaigns for flood reduction, the restoration of the well being threat allowance for well being employees, provision of the service construction for girl well being employees, and the cancellation of debt, together with Pakistan’s sovereign debt as a part of local weather reparations.
Certainly, regardless of the crucial frontline function of girl well being employees within the battle towards ailments similar to polio, cholera, and COVID-19, they proceed to face harassment, horrible working situations, low pay, inflation and wage stagnation, lack of recent hiring regardless of elevated want, threats as polio employees, vaccines shortages and inequality, and an absence of recognition. To this finish the Behind The Masks: Pakistan episode focuses on key points similar to vaccine entry, wages and hiring, the service construction, and ILO Conference 190, which seeks to guard folks from violence and harassment at work.
Because the documentary was filmed, the well being threat allowance has been withdrawn for healthcare employees, regardless of being always in danger, treating sufferers with infectious ailments. Points round wages and hiring together with the shortage of funding for the well being care sector, proceed to construct and the latest devastating flood has created further well being crises.
The floods have displaced not less than 7.9 million folks and broken or destroyed greater than 2 million homes and 1,460 well being amenities wiping out a big a part of the nation’s agriculture. Frontline employees are struggling to deal with the speedy disaster of injured and displaced folks whereas the unfold of water-borne ailments and restricted medical provides proceed to create additional hardship. Certainly, an enormous variety of Woman Well being Staff themselves have been affected by the flood by means of displacement and sickness.
“Behind the Masks: Pakistan” then sheds a light-weight on the continual protest of Pakistan’s healthcare employees to demand the resumption of the well being threat allowance, the service construction and equally the persecution of these protesting, by means of arrest and using power.
Behind The Masks: Pakistan episode might be skilled at: https://behindthemask.worldwide/
The documentary is produced in collaboration with Staff Schooling and Analysis Group (WERO), PSI’s companion group in Pakistan that’s strengthening and supporting the motion of girl well being employees.