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WHO elections

PM Nawaz says Pakistan values its ties with Vietnam

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif expressed his appreciation for Vietnam supporting the candidacy of Sania Nishtar to be the next head of the World Health Organization and in helping her to get shortlisted in the first place. He reaffirmed that Pakistan and Vietnam have been supporting each other in terms of candidature at various international fora including ASEAN

May 14, 2017
The News

Promoting health through the life course

Aid groups seek to turn on funding tap to douse drought crises

The Start Network, funded by the British, Dutch and Irish governments, is putting together a new financing facility to enable a faster and more coordinated response to droughts, and plans to test its model in Pakistan and Zimbabwe. The "drought financing facility" aims to combine contingency funds, insurance and new modelling technology to shift humanitarian response from reaction to anticipation, a spokeswoman said. "This will save more lives, livelihoods and assets, and significantly reduce costs”

June 12, 2017

‘Low immunisation behind high infant mortality rate’

Pakistan has the highest infant mortality rate in South Asia because of the low rate of immunization and vaccination coverage. With about 56% of the country covered, almost half the children in the country are simply not immunized, according to an expert from the Pakistan Paediatric Association

April 30, 2017
Dawn, News International, Nation, Business Recorder
April 29, 2017
Pakistan Today

Kidnapping forced marriage – Pakistan’s Hindu women now have hope for protection from new la...

Women from the mostly-Muslim Pakistan Hindu minority now have the right to a certificate establishing a wife’s marital status under the Hindu Marriage Act 2017, which was signed into law on March 19th. Prior to this, many Hindu girls and married women had lived in the constant fear of being kidnapped, forced to abandon their faith and convert and re-marry forcibly someone who is not of the Hindu faith. Activists said it still needs strong political will to ensure its implementation and campaigns in school and the media to raise awareness of the legislation

April 12, 2017

Preparedness, surveillance and response

World Health Assembly terms Pakistan a model to respond to disease outbreaks

Pakistan was held up as a model for countries attending the WHA, as the first nation to conduct Joint External Evaluation of Core Capabilities to respond to disease outbreaks and level of preparedness to deal with pandemics

May 21, 2017
The Nation, Pakistan Today

Outbreak of chikungunya in Pakistan

Chikungunya is now spreading explosively in Karachi, reports The Lancet 

March 7, 2017
The Lancet

Non communicable diseases

Parkinson’s said to be a major neuro-degenerative disorder in Pakistan

Parkinson’s disease has emerged as a major neuro-degenerative disorder in Pakistan with around 80-100 people diagnosed with the condition on a regular basis, senior neurologists told a medical conference. Experts warned that the number of people afflicted with Parkinson’s disease and associated movement disorders may rise as high as 120,000 by 2030

April 4, 2017
Pakistan Today, Geo TV

Health systems

India Fares Miserably in Providing Quality Healthcare Access to Its Citizens

India ranks last amongst all the BRICS nations in quality and access to healthcare, and 178th out of 195 countries worldwide. It even does poorly even compared to all of its neighbours, bar Pakistan. The second largest and the fastest growing economy in the region, India saw its gap widening by 5.5 points, 1.4 points less than Pakistan, in 1990-2015, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of the Healthcare Access and Quality (HAQ) Index published in The Lancet

June 25, 2017
The Wire

Broke on Eid: Dengue workers awaiting salaries as season approaches

Eidul-Fitr is around the corner and around 3,000 people who work as dengue workers and vaccinators in the city haven’t been paid yet. Around 400 workers, associated with the Shalamar Union Council, are also waiting to be made permanent by the health department since 2011. Almost every year, the workers are told by the health department their employment would be regularised by the next dengue season. The health department spokesperson said ‘instead of pressuring the health department, they should wait their turns to receive appointment letters’

June 22, 2017
The Express Tribune

Only 10% Pakistanis donate blood voluntarily

Pakistan is among those low-income bracket countries that suffer from a lack of blood donors, despite 70 per cent of the population being under 29, only 10 per cent of blood comes from voluntary donors, while 90 per cent of the collection comes from unsafe families’ replacement donations. In order to highlight the issue, the Federal Government Polyclinic Blood Bank and Safe Blood Transfusion Programme (SBTP) organised a function to commemorate the World Blood Donor Day

June 10, 2017
Pakistan Today

Health ministry employees to get salaries after 11 months

The Pakistan Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination has finally issued a notification to ensure the release of 11-month pending salaries of the employees of the ministry. All the employees associated with the National Aid Control Programme have not been paid their salary since June of last year

May 28, 2017
Pakistan Today

Communicable diseases

48% of drug addicts in Pakistan suffering from HIV/AIDS: UN survey

The UN expressed concern after conducting a survey in Pakistan which revealed that 48% of drug addicts are suffering from HIV/AIDS. The survey, involving more than 37,000 drug addicts, was carried out across 14 cities including Karachi, Bahawalpur and Kasur on those who inject drugs into their bodies with syringes

May 22, 2017
The Nation

23% population still defecates in the open, says report

A little less than a quarter of Pakistan’s population (or 23%) still defecate in the open, according to the latest Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report by UNICEF and WHO. The report, on safely managed drinking water, reveals Pakistan has missed the sanitation target it set itself and is still within the bracket of countries with lower average coverage

March 12, 2017
Express Tribune