Pakistan calls for equity in health at the World Health Assembly

May 17, 2015

 Islamabad, May 17, 2015: Pakistan'Minister for Health Saira Afzal Tarar called for ensuring equity in the health sector to ensure access of the economically deprived to quality health services. The minister leading the Pakistan delegation at the world health assembly in Geneva was addressing the commonwealth ministers meeting and Meeting of Health Ministers of Eastern Medditeraneam countries as part of the World Health Assembly meetings. She shared the national health insirance model recently introduced by Pakistan to ensure access of the economically deprived to quality health services. National Health Insurance is a critical measure to meet the goal of universal health coverage as the economically deprived are afforded access to the facilities which they could not access due to financial constraints shared the minister. 


The minister also informed the forum of the national health policy framework which is being developed in the country in partnership with the Provincial Governments and called for independant assessment of Essential Public Health Functions to ascertain core capacities. Pakistan has taken effective steps in the area of Polio eradication having addressed issues like accessibility and insecurity said the minister. A 10 year national action plan on mother and child health has been developed and agreed with Provincial governments.


The minister appreciated the Leadership for Health Program recently introduced by WHO and said it was very useful in developing a cohort of top quality publ8c health leaders in Pakistan and other regional countries.