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Pakistan: Improved Health Services in Gilgit Baltistan

Health Management recently completed implementation of the KfW-funded Gilgit Baltistan Health Development Project in Pakistan, resulting in improved health care services at the first and second level of the referral system to benefit approximately 1.5 million people in 9 districts of Gilgit Baltistan. Launched in April 2010 within the context of a program valued at €7.5M, the project focused in particular on the healthcare needs of women and children.
EPOS supported four Project Executing Agencies (PEAs), i.e. the Directorate of Health (DoH) of Gilgit Baltistan, the Aga Khan Health Services of Pakistan (AKHSP), the Family Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP) and the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Center (MALC) in achieving project goals. This included the development of appropriate preventative maintenance and equipment repair systems, development of a PPP framework for improved services and sustainability at a health centre, the procurement and distribution of basic drugs and medical supplies (including TB medicines), the rehabilitation of laboratories, leprosy-TB Centres and 27 labour & delivery rooms, and the procurement of vital sophisticated equipment for the District Headquarter Hospitals of Gilgit, Skardu, and Chillas. Managerial, technical and clinical training was also provided to more than 130 Department of Health employees.
An official project closure event took place in June and was attended by the KfW Country Director, 1st Secretary of the German Embassy, Secretary Health of GB, and Senior Management of AKHSP, FPAP, DoH, as well as representatives of Oxford Policy Management and Aga Khan Development Network.


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