15 06, 2019

UNAIDS delegation briefs Governor Sindh on causes of HIV outbreak in Larkana


Regional UNAIDS officials briefed Governor Sindh, Imran Ismail that unsafe injection practices and poor infection control had emerged as the leading cause of the recent HIV outbreak in Ratodero area of Larkana, saying UNAIDS was ready to extend all possible support to the Pakistani health authorities in managing the situation and to prevent such outbreaks [...]

15 06, 2019

UNAIDS to continue support the response to the HIV outbreak in Pakistan


UNAIDS Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Eamonn Murphy reiterated UNAIDS’ commitment to supporting provincial and federal authorities to respond to the HIV outbreak and strengthen the HIV response in the country. He expressed these views during a press briefing in Karachi during his official visit to Pakistan. The preliminary findings was presented during [...]

15 06, 2019

Call for promoting voluntary blood donation culture


There is a dire need of promoting vol­untary blood donation culture in the country as it relies on family donors to sustain the transfusion system. It was very important to pro­mote the culture of voluntary blood donations in Pakistan as the country essentially relied on the ‘family do­nors’ to sustain the transfusion sys­tem. These views [...]

15 03, 2019

Increasing drug resistance is limiting the options to treat infections- Moving back towards pre-antibiotic era?


Professor Dr.  Saeed Khan, Department of Pathology, Dow International Medical College,  Dow University of Health Sciences, saeedkhn@gmail.com, saeed.khan@duhs.edu.pk When the most groundbreaking discoveries of the 20th century are discussed, it is unanimously agreed upon to consider antibiotics as being one of them. A Scottish scientist named Alexander Fleming introduced us to this miracle at St. [...]

15 03, 2019

Steps for women’s empowerment highlighted


Sindh Minister for Women Development Department, Syed Shela Raza has said that the Government of Sindh is taking practical steps for social, economic and political empowerment of women so that they could contribute to the development of society. She was addressing the distribution ceremony of health insurance cards and launching of e-shops for home-based workers [...]

15 11, 2018

CM Sindh directs education dept to update curriculum


Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed education department to update curriculum and textbooks to align with United Nations Sustainable Goals 2030 for which special focus would be given for improvement of science, mathematics and English language books. This he said that while presiding over a meeting to improve school education system here [...]

15 08, 2018

Govt expresses concerns over rapid population growth


Govt to reactivate Population Commission; to set up special fund with Rs.5bn allocation Caretaker Minister for National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination Muhammad Yusuf Shaikh while expressing serious concerns over the rapid population growth in Pakistan reiterated the government’s commitment to work in unison to increase awareness on population issues including the importance of family [...]

15 08, 2018

Issue of early child marriages discussed


The Marvi Rural Development Organisation (MRDO) organised a multi-stakeholders meeting in Sukkur on the issue of early child marriages in District Khairpur Sindh. The objective of this session was to highlight the overall issues related to child marriages and forced marriages which are taking place in interior Sindh. Speaking on the occasion, speakers said that [...]

15 07, 2018

Training of Trainers on Facility based Health System Response to GBV


The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (MoNHSR&C), Pakistan in collaboration with Department of Health Punjab and the WHO country office with support provided by the WHO Headquarters and Regional Office conducted a 3-day Training of Trainers on Health System Response to GBV in Islamabad. The training was conducted under UN Joint Programme [...]

15 06, 2018

Protecting the health of children living in conflict


?Researchers from Aga Khan University and Canada’s Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto will collaborate on a study that aims to identify the most effective measures to help mothers breastfeed during protracted crises. According to Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Director of AKU’s Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health and lead Researcher on the [...]

15 05, 2018

P&G announces a new initiative for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Pakistan


Around 10,000 women and girls to receive vocational training and quality education over the next 3 years Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced the launch of its latest Gender Equality initiative under the P&G program at a formal ceremony held in Karachi, reinforcing its commitment to contribute towards the economic empowerment of women in the country. Through [...]

15 04, 2018

New global guidance to promote Breastfeeding in health facilities issued


The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) jointly issued new ten-step guidance on Wednesday to increase support for breastfeeding in health facilities that provide maternity and newborn services. Breastfeeding is vital to a child's lifelong health, and reduces costs for health facilities, families, and governments. WHO statistics show that breastfeeding within [...]

15 04, 2018

Pakistan blood safety project is moving in the right direction – WHO


A senior level delegation from the World Health Organisation’s EMRO office visited Pakistan to get an overview of the blood transfusion system in the country. The delegation includes Dr. Franciscus Adrianus Konings, Regional Advisor, and Dr. Yetmgeta E. Abdella, Medical Officer, Blood Safety. The itinerary of the Mission included meetings with key stakeholders and visits [...]

15 03, 2018

17-point Action Plan for achieving SDGs presented


Senator Farhatullah Babar presented 17-point Action Plan for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while addressing Task Forces on SDGs in the Provincial parliaments at the Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) held recently in Islamabad. Addresing the Parliament, he informed that the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted unanimously by the UN [...]

15 01, 2018

UN Women and the Punjab Government sign MoU for future cooperation


UN Women and Strategic Reforms Unit (SRU) of the Punjab Government on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for future cooperation in promoting gender equality efforts. The MoU was signed by the Country Representative for UN Women, Mr. Jamshed M. Kazi and Director General, SRU, Mr. Salman Sufi in the presence of officials representing both sides and media representatives. Through this [...]