15 06, 2019

Education, health sectors given boost in Sindh budget


Government of Sindh announced education and health departments to be on its top priority for the next fiscal year raising budgetary expenditures in both the sectors. EDUCATION The allocation for school education has been increased from Rs170.832 billion to Rs178.618 billion in the financial year 2019-20. Whereas, on development side, Rs15.15 billion have been allocated [...]

15 05, 2018

WHO releases Essential Diagnostic Tests list to improve diagnosis & treatment outcomes


Today, many people are unable to get tested for diseases because they cannot access diagnostic services. Many are incorrectly diagnosed. As a result, they do not receive the treatment they need and, in some cases, may actually receive the wrong treatment. For example, an estimated 46% of adults with Type 2 diabetes worldwide are undiagnosed, [...]

16 01, 2018

Restructuring of Blood Transfusion Services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Dr. Noor-e-Saba, Manager, Regional Blood Centre, Peshawar Blood transfusion services are an integral part of the health-care system. Millions of lives are saved each year through blood transfusions. Provision of safe blood and blood components is the responsibility of the national health care system. Safety of blood has assumed greater importance and relevance in developing [...]

15 09, 2016

PMA congratulates Srilanka on Malaria eradication


Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) congratulates the people and the Government of Srilanka for total eradication of malaria from the country, after a prolong struggle. World Health organization {WHO} has declared Srilanka as a Malaria free country. The Srilnakan Government having meager resources has shown that a country can achieve a goal with political will, planning [...]

15 01, 2016

‘Health in 2015’ launched – from MDGs to SDGs


World Health Organisation (WHO) launched a new comprehensive analysis of global health trends since 2000 and an assessment of the challenges for the next 15 years. The "Health in 2015: from MDGs to SDGs" identifies the key drivers of progress in health under the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It lays out actions that [...]

15 07, 2015

Iran offers to train Pak Health Workers, help in vaccine Production


An Iranian delegation comprising senior officials from Ministry of Health and Medical Education called on the Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar  here today to discuss Pak-Iran cooperation in the field of health. The delegation was led by Dr. Mohsin Asadi Lari, Special Assistant for International Affairs to the Health Minister. Other delegates [...]

15 09, 2014

The Bloody Assassin – EBOLA VIRUS


By Muneeba Azmat, Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad Ebola virus disease or Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a lethal infectious disease that has become the topic of many tabloids and papers after the March 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The outbreak that was first reported from Guinea, has now spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria and [...]

15 09, 2014

Child mortality rates falling faster than ever – UN


New data released today by the United Nations show that under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49% between 1990 and 2013. The average annual reduction has accelerated – in some countries it has even tripled – but overall progress is still short of meeting the global target of a two-thirds decrease in under-five mortality by [...]

15 08, 2014

Business as usual should be replaced by Innovative Approaches for Sustainable Development


By Ms. Fahmida Iqbal Khan, Community Mobilization and Networking Advisor, UNAIDS Country Office for Pakistan & Afghanistan Today when am penning down this article, it gives me panic attacks that we are left with only 1.53 years to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Government of Pakistan has adopted 16 targets and 41 indicators. Time series [...]

15 08, 2014

Deaths from HIV/AIDS escalate; progress in TB and malaria – Study


Over 2,400 deaths from HIV/AIDS last year; mortality rates from TB and malaria declined since 2000 HIV/AIDS is claiming more lives in Pakistan than ever, according to a new, first-of-its-kind analysis of trend data from 188 countries. Mortality rates from HIV/AIDS increased 11 per cent annually from 2000 to 2013, while declines in death rates [...]

15 04, 2014

Preventive measures urged to control vector-borne diseases


50% of population is at risk of vector borne diseases. Vector-borne diseases accounts for more than 17% of all infectious diseases causing more than 1 million deaths annually. More than 2.5 billion people in over 100 countries are at risk of contracting dengue alone. Pakistan has been experiencing an epidemic of dengue fever since 2010 resulting in [...]

15 04, 2014

National Seminar with Stakeholders on World TB Day


To commemorate World TB Day 2014, National TB Control Program Islamabad organized a National Seminar with Stakeholders at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in Islamabad. TB patients, their families, health care/service providers, volunteers from Pakistan Girls Guide Association & Pakistan Boy Scouts, local community elders/members, representatives of donor agencies, INGOs, NGOs and officials [...]

15 02, 2014

Countries seek improvements in Malaria tests


At a meeting jointly organized by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, manufacturers and implementers of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs), used to diagnose malaria at the point of care, agreed on a set of required features for RDTs in an effort to improve use and boost the scale [...]

15 11, 2013

Effective strategy needed to save the lives of the children – Experts


Pakistan is third among five countries including India, Nigeria, Congo and China that accounts almost half of deaths of under-five children worldwide. Respiratory Infections, Diarrhea, Neonatal causes, Vaccine preventable disease and Malnutrition are the major causes of mortality among children. Effective strategy is needed to save the lives of children. These views were expressed by [...]

15 11, 2013

Training Workshop on Transfusion Transmitted Infections Screening Strategies


Lack of appropriate manpower is one of the major constraints in the development and strengthening of blood transfusion services in Pakistan. Appropriate trainings require planning of training programmes and refresher courses for the staff working in the blood banks. To fulfill this gap, the World Health Organization and Safe Blood Transfusion Programme recently organized a [...]