The United States funds innovative health care projects designed to improve the health of mothers and children throughout Pakistan.
The U.S. government, through USAID, seeks to support Pakistan in improving child and maternal health outcomes by increasing access to quality family planning services, providing essential care to mothers and children, and building stronger health care systems. Some key objectives are to decrease infant mortality from 78 to 68 per 1,000 live births in up to 15 focus districts and avert 1.25 million unintended pregnancies. USAID works towards these objectives by fostering partnerships with the Government of Pakistan, private and public organizations, and other donor agencies.
SAVING HEALTH AND LIVES FOR MOTHERS AND CHILDREN
In the summer of 2012, USAID announced a new five-year Maternal and Child Health Program that supports innovative approaches to strengthen the capacity of Pakistan's public and private sectors to deliver high-impact, evidence-based health interventions to reduce maternal, newborn, and child mortality and morbidity. This program builds on lessons learned from previous USAID health projects which had decreased newborn deaths by 24 percent in 10 districts and expanded the use of family planning methods by 8.5 percent in 15 districts through community engagement, training for medical specialists, and outreach services. Through its new program, USAID is helping to increase the ability of Pakistan’s public, private, and civil society sectors to deliver quality healthcare services and build public demand for these services. The program also works to improve healthcare systems essential for increased accountability and equitable delivery of healthcare services in a newly decentralized health sector.
To assist the Government of Pakistan in extending healthcare to Pakistan’s poorest populations, USAID funds minor renovations, facility expansion and new construction of various health facilities. The recently completed extension of Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Center in Karachi includes a 60-bed ward which will provide treatment of obstetric and gynecological complications for 15,000 women each year. In early 2013, USAID began construction of the 150-bed Jacobabad Institute of Medical Sciences, which will serve poor communities in Sindh and Baluchistan. The reconstruction of FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa healthcare facilities enables local families to receive essential primary and secondary healthcare services closer to their homes.
The United States has also supported expansion and modernization of the Central Warehouse for Health Commodities in Karachi. This expansion, completed in early 2012, has tripled the size of the warehouse from 18,000 to 50,000 square feet and converted it into a state-of-the-art storage space for medical supplies used by the entire country. USAID has also provided more than $113 million worth of health commodities in 2009-2013 to help the Government of Pakistan bridge the gap between the supply and demand of family planning commodities and key medical supplies, including anti-tuberculosis drugs, microscopes and reagents for laboratories, equipment for cold storage of drugs, and a two-year supply of blood screening kits for HIV and Hepatitis B and C. USAID is to assist in improving logistics management systems including the forecasting, procurement, quality assurance and distribution of critical health commodities.
Last updated: October 23, 2014