ISLAMABAD, NOV 21 (DNA) – A delegation of Executives from the Global Fund, working in the healthcare sector of different developing countries for eradication of communicable diseases, led by Executive Director of the Global Fund Peter Sands called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad Thursday.
SAPM and Minister National Health Services, Regulation & Coordination Dr. Zafar Mirza was also present during the meeting.
The delegation while apprising the Prime Minister about company’s portfolio and various commitments in the health sector stated that Global Fund is investing in the healthcare system of Pakistan particularly towards eradication of tuberculosis, HIV and malaria. They also informed about their previous investment in the country for the eradication of TB in Punjab, that included establishment of 400 diagnostic units.
The delegation also discussed possibility of increasing its commitment in the country which could be enhanced upto US$ 300 million in the near future.
Highlighting that a significant number of TB cases remain undetected due to ineffective screening mechanism, the delegation shared proposals related to the on-ground execution plan with National Health Services, Regulation & Coordination Division for effective screening and eradication of TB.
Prime Minister Imran Khan while welcoming the delegation said that the present Government is focusing significantly on the provision of quality and affordable healthcare to all the segments of society.
The Prime Minister said that the Company may explore linking of the proposed detection and eradication of TB initiative with the prevention and control of other diseases including malaria.
The Prime Minister said that under the “Ehsas” flagship program, some private hospitals have been empanelled, and the proposed initiative can be shared with these hospitals to address the incidence of TB in Balochistan, interior Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and South Punjab. Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik Secretary Health explained the current status of the Global Fund initiatives in Pakistan.
The Prime Minister assured the delegation of all possible cooperation from the Government towards effective implementation of the proposed initiative.
The delegation included Ms. Lucia DITIU, Executive Director Stop TB, Mr. Urban Weber, Head of High Impact Asia Deptt. Global Fund, Mr. Werner Buehler, Sr. Fund Portfolio Manager Pakistan and Ms. Jessica Patera, Portfolio Officer Pakistan. =DNA