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National consultative workshop on the role of the science community to address Pakistan’s health and nutrition challenges in the context of the SDGs

National consultative workshop on the role of the science community to address Pakistan’s health and nutrition challenges in the context of the SDGsPakistan Academy of Sciences22 March 2017 – A national consultative workshop  was conducted on 6–7 March 2017 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The key purpose of the workshop was to discuss the role and engagement of science community, academia and civil society to address challenges in the perspective of achieving targets for health and nutrition under Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a set of 17 aspirational global goals with 169 targets, spearheaded by the United Nations, through a deliberative process involving its 194 Member States. 

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WHO statement recognizing the United Arab Emirate's contribution to polio eradication efforts in Pakistan

24 January 2017 – Humanity is on the verge of one the greatest public health achievements in history – eradicating polio. In 2016, fewer children were paralysed by polio than in any other year globally, and in Pakistan. Despite many challenges faced by the polio programme, Pakistan has made strides towards stopping transmission and in 2017 is the closest it has ever been to reaching that goal. After many years the highly transmittable yet vaccine preventable virus is finding that there are very few places left to hide.

In 2016, thanks to the support of the United Arab Emirate's Pakistan Assistance Programme polio campaign phase III, more than 10.6 million children across Pakistan’s highest risk districts were reached with the most vital health intervention for protection against polio: 2 drops of oral polio vaccine (OPV).

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  • WHO statement recognizing the United Arab Emirate's contribution to polio eradication efforts in Pakistan

Events

SDG 3 forum

26 September 2016 – A national forum was held recently to advocate for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for health, in collaboration with WHO, the Ministry of National Health...

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In focus

Introduction The vaccine Logistics Information System (vLMIS) was introduced in EPI with the technical and financial support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in April 2013. Since then...

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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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