“Ensuring that all children are vaccinated and protected from life-threatening diseases is a top priority of the Pakistan government,” the State Minister Saira Afzal Tarar, said in her opening remarks to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, High Level Mission here Thursday.
Minister said Pakistan EPI is moving towards the integration of technology and its functional use in immunization for the service delivery and data management for effective programme management. We have many in-country successful examples such as Management Information System in KP, e-Vacc from Punjab, examples of public private partnerships like in Sindh and the enhanced role of Community Support organization in both the services delivery and demand generation; the successful practices of all federal and provincial the programmes can replicate and capitalize in other provinces/areas.
Minister said that it is encouraging to share that in recent past Pakistan had three back to back successful grant applications for the Health System Strengthening, Rota virus introduction and now most recently Pakistan has also received approval of its Cold Chain Equipment- Optimization Platform application. Rota virus has been introduced in the six districts in Punjab and soon will be introduced country wide.
On this occasion, the Federal Secretary NHSR&C highlighted last year’s achievements by the Expanded Programme on Immunization with special focus on the rigorous efforts for getting the PC-Is approved from various forums and finally ECNEC. He marked it a critical step in ensuring the budgets availability and funds release, well in time, for both the Federal and Provincial government
The Missions of Alliance partners including the World Bank, UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO), USAID, Department for International Development (DFID) and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BM&GF) expressed appreciation for the political commitment to immunisation at federal level and across all provinces and congratulated the government with the National Immunisation Support Project (NISP), which is a unique partnership that brings government and donor funding together to improve coverage and equity in immunisation in the entire country.