Pakistan


Polio eradication discussed at the at the sixty-fourth session of WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean

Polio eradication discussed at the at the sixty-fourth session of WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern MediterraneanIslamabad, 10 October 2017 –A special session to review progress of the polio eradication program in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) region was held at the sixty-fourth session of WHO Regional Committee (RC) Meeting taking place from 9-12 October 2017 in Islamabad.

Addressing the Regional Committee on Tuesday 11 October, Chris Maher, manager of WHO’s regional polio eradication unit in Amman, Jordan, provided a situation update in the EMRO region. According to Mr Maher, Pakistan and Afghanistan – the last two remaining polio-endemic countries of the region - currently have the most extensive systems for identifying polio cases and stopping the virus from spreading any further.

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WHO Pakistan celebrates World Mental Health Day

WHO Pakistan celebrates Mental Health Day 2017World Mental Health Day celebrations at WHO Punjab office. WHO/A.S.Khan

On World Mental Health Day observed every year on 10 October, World Health Organization (WHO) Pakistan marked the day with the support of psychosocial volunteers from United Nations Critical Incident Stress Management Unit (CISMU).

The aim of the event organized by WHO Provincial Office in Lahore was to raise awareness about mental health issues in the work place. The staff discussed the issues related to improving mental health of staff working in the field and signed a pledge to improve their well-being. According to a recent study, The Burden of Mental Disorders in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 1990-2013, Pakistan and Afghanistan – are witnessing higher number of chronic disorders, including mental illness.

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    Polio eradication discussed at the at the sixty-fourth session of WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean
  • WHO Pakistan celebrates World Mental Health Day
    WHO Pakistan celebrates World Mental Health Day

Events

14 August 2017 – A WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) pilot district implementation planning workshop took place in Islamabad from 9 to 10 August 2017. Implementation of WHO Mental...

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In focus

Karachi’s Khalida - forging a path to trust in vaccines

13 August 2017 – Fifty-seven year-old Khalida, a striking figure on her 4-wheeler motorbike, is a supervisor of one of the female vaccinators’ teams in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city. “I have been...

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 189 900
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 4.7
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 178
Primary health care centres and units (per 10 000 population) 0.5
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 66.4

Source: Country statistical profiles 2016

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