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

NHS establishes Model Infectious Diseases Centre


The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination established Model Infectious Diseases Centre to provide free testing and treatment of Hepatitis C and Tuberculosis. The Centre was inaugurated by Federal Minister, Aamer Mehmood Kiani at a Dispensary in Islamabad. Sharing his view on this occasion, Aamer Mehmood Kiani the government is revamping all health services [...]

15 11, 2018

UNICEF, WHO to support Pakistan’s mass measles immunisation campaign


More than 32 million children will be immunised against measles, an exceptionally contagious and deadly virus, in two weeks. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) joined the Government of Pakistan in kick-starting a nationwide measles campaign to vaccinate more than 32 million children – one-sixth of the population. During the two [...]

15 11, 2018

Polio Campaign in Karachi and interior Sindh launched


The Emergency Operation Centre for Polio in Sindh launched a Polio Campaign in all districts of Karachi and 18 districts of interior Sindh. The total target population for this campaign is above seven million children under five years of age out of which approximately 2.3 million children reside in Karachi. More than 50,000 front line [...]

15 04, 2015

Experts discuss Vaccination issues in Pakistan


Members of Vaccine Expert Panel Ejaz A. Khan (General Secretary) - Islamabad  Iqbal Memon – Karachi, Naseer Uddin Mahmood – Karachi, Ashraf Sultan – Lahore, Sajid Maqbool – Lahore, Haider Sherazi – Islamabad, Gen. Salman Ali – Islamabad, Salma Sheikh – Hyderabad and Nadeem Khawar – Peshawar Med Rev Report A meeting of the members of the Vaccine Expert Panel (VEP) [...]

15 04, 2015

Hepatitis screening to be expanded at UCs level in Sindh


Sindh Health Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar on Monday revealed that hepatitis cases are on the rise in Sindh province despite government efforts and now provincial authorities are planning to expand screening of people at Union Council level across the province. He informed this while inaugurating the Healthy Sindh Program (Sehat Mand Sindh) program, an [...]

15 11, 2013

Pneumonia kills one child every 30 seconds


Pneumonia, a killer disease is the biggest cause of child mortality around the globe, killing a child every 30 seconds. It contributes 18% of the total global child deaths and Pakistan is the first South Asian country to include Pneumococcal vaccine in its national immunisation programme, Dr Iqbal Memon, President Pakistan Paediatric Association and Dr. [...]

15 11, 2013

Pneumonia still responsible for one fifth of child deaths


On World Pneumonia Day, global health bodies highlight essential interventions that will help reduce burden of disease Pneumonia remains the single biggest killer of children under 5 globally, claiming the lives of more than 1 million girls and boys every year. But pneumonia deaths are preventable. As countries mark World Pneumonia Day on 12 November, [...]

15 09, 2013

Global child deaths down by almost half since 1990


In 2012, approximately 6.6 million children worldwide – 18 000 children per day – died before reaching their fifth birthday, according to a new report released today by UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank Group and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Population Division. This is roughly half the number of under-fives who died [...]

15 04, 2013

Prevention urged to reduce malaria burden


Speakers at a Seminar to celebrate World Malaria Day said that increased malaria prevention and control measures were essential to reduce the disease burden in the country. Malaria was a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that were transmitted to people through bites of infected mosquitoes. They said parasites spread to people through the bites of [...]

15 02, 2013

Need for introduction of Typhoid vaccination program in Sindh stressed


Trust for Vaccines & Immunization (TVI) in collaboration with Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), Sindh and International Vaccine Institute (IVI) SeoulKorea organized a Typhoid Consultation Meeting at a local hotel in Karachi. The objective of the Meeting was to bring together government stakeholders, policy decision makers, donor agencies and non-governmental institutions to discuss typhoid control [...]

15 02, 2013

Immediate strengthening of routine immunisation services stressed


Prominent consultant paediatricians have blamed internal politics in the provincial immunisation programme, mismanagement at district level, devolution of health department, neglect of routine immunisation and lack of awareness among parents regarding routine immunisation as basic causes behind the outbreak of measles in Sindh and the resulting deaths. They called for immediate strengthening of routine immunisation [...]

15 01, 2013

Measles deaths decline, but elimination progress stalls in some regions – WHO


The number of measles deaths globally decreased by 71% between 2000 and 2011, from 542 000 to 158 000. Over the same period, new cases dropped 58% from 853 500 in 2000 to 355 000 in 2011, according to new data released Thursday by WHO, a leading member of the Measles and Rubella Initiative. Although [...]

15 01, 2012

Plans for Mother and Child Week reviewed


Government of Pakistan in collaboration with UNICEF organised a Review and Planning Meeting for the upcoming April round of the Mother and Child Week. The objectives of the meeting were to review the achievements of the November 2011 round of the Mother and Child Week; to plan for the April 2012 round in the light [...]

15 12, 2011

Call to revisit immunization measures


Expanded Program for Immunization, (EPI) Sindh in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and Association of Health Journalists Pakistan organized a Consultation in order to revive immunization activities. Dr. Sagheer Ahmed, Health Minister Sindh was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi, Sindh Health Secretary, Dr. Hafizul Haq Memon, DG [...]