15 03, 2019

New Survey Shows Improvement in Maternal and Child Health in Pakistan


Families in Pakistan are getting healthier according to the newly released 2017-18 Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS). The 2017-18 PDHS is the fourth DHS survey conducted in Pakistan since 1990-91. The survey results, released today at a national seminar in Islamabad organized by NIPS, highlight major improvements in child survival and maternal health care, [...]

15 03, 2019

Sindh Govt set to start poverty reduction, healthcare programmes


Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that in order to implement Pakistan Peoples Party election manifesto, his government has embarked upon launching new seven different programmes including poverty reduction, food security, family health, Benazir women agricultural workers programme. He announced this while presiding over a high level Meeting at CM House, Karachi. [...]

15 11, 2018

Care for Preterm babies Vital to Improve Child Survival Indicators in Pakistan


Each day over 600 newborns die in Pakistan due to complications related to Birth Asphyxia, Prematurity and Sepsis says the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Every year,15 million babies in the world are born prematurely and nearly 1 million die due to related complications. This makes preterm birth one of the leading cause of child deaths under [...]

15 07, 2018

Low quality healthcare increasing the burden of illness & health costs globally


Poor quality health services are holding back progress on improving health in countries at all income levels, according to a new joint report by the OECD, World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank. Today, inaccurate diagnosis, medication errors, inappropriate or unnecessary treatment, inadequate or unsafe clinical facilities or practices, or providers who lack adequate [...]

15 05, 2018

Women across South Asia lack nutritional care they urgently need


Pregnant and breastfeeding women need better nutrition to protect children from stunting and disease. The progress on improving nutritional care of women in South Asia during and after pregnancy is slow, impacting on their children’s survival, growth and development. A three-day regional conference on actions to accelerate improvements in women’s nutrition across South Asia is [...]

15 01, 2016

Dissemination Seminar of JSI – DELIVER PROJECT Supported Logistics & Supply Chain Policy Guidelines and Manuals


By Muhammad Fareed Since 2009, the Government of Sindh has benefited from U.S. Government (USG) support through John Snow Incorporated (JSI) – DELIVER PROJECT (component 4 of the USAID | Maternal and Child Health Program). The project improves essential health commodity supply chains by strengthening logistics management information systems (LMIS), streamlining warehousing and distribution systems, [...]

15 07, 2015

Leadership workshop to accelerate reduction of maternal & newborn deaths


Barely two months from now, in September 2015, the Millennium Development Goals will expire and MDGs 4 and 5 – reducing child mortality and improving maternal health – will not be achieved. In an effort to accelerate progress, the Centre for Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Aga Khan University, the Barcelona Institute [...]

15 07, 2015

AKU conAKU conducts training on Lives Saved Tool in Afghanistan


Aga Khan University (AKU) and UNICEF, Afghanistan are working together to overcome obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. As a part of this cooperation, the university recently conducted the first ever one day training session on Lives Saved Tool (LiST) in Kabul. The training was part of the national ‘Call [...]

15 05, 2015

Risk characterization of maternal and neonatal Tetanus in view of tetanus vaccination campaigns in Pakistan


Ejaz A Khan, Rownak Khan*, Muhammad Tariq Iqbal*, Quamrul Hasan**, Saadia Farrukh*, Muhammad Safdar Rana, Wasiq Mehmood Khan** Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination, *UNICEF, **World Health Organization, Islamabad-Pakistan Background: Pakistan is one of the remaining 24 countries which have not yet achieved Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination (MNTE). The country adopted high-risk [...]

15 04, 2015

Planning Family for Healthy and Quality Family Life


To celebrate “World Health Day”, Pathfinder International in collaboration with Pakistan Medical Association and Pakistan Medical and Social Welfare Committee Arts Council Pakistan organized a one day seminar on Thursday 9th April 2015 at PMA House Karachi with a theme “Planning Family for Healthy and Quality Family Life” This seminar was attended by large number of participants including health [...]

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

USAID to fund construction of new 120-bed maternity ward at JPMC


Consul General of the United States of America in Karachi Michael J Dodman and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah jointly performed the ground breaking ceremony of construction of a new 120-bed maternity ward at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC). The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $6 million to fund [...]

1 01, 2014

Fourth International eHealth Conference held


E-health Association of Pakistan (eHAP) in collaboration with Aman Foundation organized fourth International eHealth Conference in Karachi. The theme of the conference was ‘Potential of Mobile Health (mHealth) in developing countries.’ It was attended by national and international delegates including students, IT professionals, health providers, policy makers and stakeholders. The conference provided an opportunity to [...]

15 11, 2013

New health resource to improve access to family planning for women after childbirth


Interventions address health service gaps for this often overlooked group of women A new resource for health programme managers and policy makers released today aims to improve access to family planning for women after childbirth and during the first 12 months of motherhood. Closely-spaced and unintended pregnancies are a health risk to both mother and [...]