Dr. Marilyn Wyatt, the wife of U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter, met with participants in the Lady Health Workers program at a health house in Jhelum, Pakistan on April 15, 2011. She highlighted how Americans are working with Pakistanis to save lives and improve health in poor communities.
The Lady Health Workers are receiving training through the Family Advancement for Life and Health (FALAH) project from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This four-year, $48 million program works in 15 districts in Pakistan to remove barriers to and increase information about birth spacing.
Speaking at a press conference, Dr. Wyatt said, "Evidence shows that when a woman plans her births, she has healthier children. The U.S. government is proud to be improving the lives of women by supporting Lady Health Workers through USAID's FALAH project in Jhelum and all over Pakistan."
As part of the U.S. government's long-term commitment to women and their reproductive health, USAID is training thousands of Lady Health Workers and working to improve health facilities around Pakistan. Through other programs, USAID also works to increase women's participation in the labor force, expand girls' access to quality basic education, and promote women's rights in political, economic, and social realms.