Distantly located Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) vaccination centers coupled with a lack of transport services are among some of the major unaddressed barriers for accessing immunization services in Pakistan. In under-developed rural areas and urban slums, this problem is particularly pronounced. In addition to physical barriers, cultural hindrances and existing gender norms further limit uptake. Due to common cultural barriers, women are dependent on their family members for transport, and are sometimes unable to leave their houses to fulfill personal or family needs.
We are introducing an affordable, tailored transport system exclusively for women, to allow them to access immunization centers in areas with poor availability of transport services and gender-based barriers. Our intervention will not only provide transport facilities in areas where they are currently non-existent, but will also assist in reducing women’s dependency by enabling them to visit the center in groups or even alone. Through this initiative dedicated vehicles will be assigned to specific areas, which will assist the community in travelling to vaccination centers. We will provide two-way transportation facility to the community from fixed pick-up and drop-off points. For smooth implementation and maximum uptake, we are being supported by the Expanded Programme on Immunizations (EPI), Health Department, Government of Sindh in our activities.