The 'Avon Ladies' Of Pakistan Selling Contraception Door To Doorby The Daily Eye Team June 23 2016, 10:00 am Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 34 secs
A scheme training local women to deliver birth control pills to homes hopes to reduce maternal mortality and poverty
rom 8am to 4pm, 25-year-old Samina Khaskheli travels door-to-door in rural Pakistan handing out free samples of condoms, birth control pills, and intrauterine devices.
“I was told ‘This is sinful’,” Samina says about the initial opposition to her selling birth control. She took the job warily. Her off-the-map village, Allah Bachayo Khaskheli, is home to roughly 1,500 people in the country’s south-eastern Sindh province. The flatlands are covered by livestock, and economic desperation leaves women toiling alongside men as farmhands, livestock breeders and cotton pickers.