Pakistan

Government of Pakistan bans the sale of loose cigarettes

Quit smoking20 June 2018 – In a historical move, the Government of Pakistan has banned the sale of loose cigarette sticks with immediate effect. This landmark decision came through a Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) Notification No SRO 415 (1)/2018, published on 3 April this year. 

The Notification says that “No retail seller or any person shall sell, offer for sale or distribute any cigarettes unless they are in a packet of at least twenty cigarette sticks”. The Government has already banned the sale of cigarettes to minors.

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Pakistani doctor Sana Hafeez named WHO Global Champion for Assistive Technology

Dr Sana Hafeez receives nomination as WHO Global Champion for Assistive Technology from President of Pakistan Mr  Mamnoon Hussain. WHO PakistanDr Sana Hafeez receives nomination as WHO Global Champion for Assistive Technology from President of Pakistan Mr Mamnoon Hussain. WHO Pakistan22 May 2018 – 25-year old Pakistani doctor Sana Hafeez has been advocating for improved access to assistive technology ever since a tragic accident left her with a spinal cord injury which meant that she must use a wheelchair for the rest of her life. 

“The accident happened when I attended a good friend’s wedding in March 2016”, recalls Dr Hafeez. “There was nothing unusual about this night - it was a typical wedding ceremony full of festivities among family and friends. As we were celebrating, a heavy metal pole from the scaffolding above fell directly on my back causing a traumatic spinal cord injury,” she says. “I went to that wedding wearing high heels, and I left the wedding as a spinal cord injury patient.” 

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Events

WHO and Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination sign JPRM 2018–2019

22 February 2018 – The World Health Organization and Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination have signed the 2-year Joint Programme Review and Planning Mission (JPRM) document. JPRM is...

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In focus

Pakistan’s health leaders mark World AIDS Day by committing to turn the tide

The focus of World AIDS Day 2017 is to advocate for HIV testing with the aim of encouraging the general public to seek HIV testing, urge people living with HIV...

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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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