National Programme for Family Planning and Primary Health Care (NPFPHC)


The Programme aims to deliver basic health services at the doorsteps of the poor segments of the society through the deployment of Lady Health Workers (LHW’) living in their own localities. The programme is currently being implemented in all the districts of Gilgit-Baltistan. The program has the strength of 1385 LHWs with a concentration in rural areas and urban slums of the Gilgit-Baltistan. Each LHW covers 1000 population or 150 houses. These workers are providing services to their communities in the field of child health, nutrition, family planning and treatment of minor ailments. Population coverage of the program is about 70%.


“Bridging the gap between the Health facilities and Communities through provision of quality Integrated Primary Health Care Services at the Doorsteps of the Communities”.

Lady Health Worker



  • Improvement of maternal health
  • Improvement of newborn and child health
  • Provision of family planning services
  • Integrating Vertical Health Programs

Scope of Work for LHWs

  • Mobilization of community
  • Liaison between a formal health system and community
  • Health education messages
  • Registration of all families
  • Provision of family planning services
  • Contribution in improving skilled birth attendant cover
  • Support to other vertical programs (nutrition, immunization, TB, Malaria, etc.)
  • Prevention and treatment of minor ailments
  • Initiation of health information sheet about her area