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UNICEF works with the Federal Ministry of Health, Provincial Health Departments, International NGOs, NGOs and other UN Agencies to promote early childhood development, ensuring every child gets the best start in life.
Following are some of the key partners in the health sector for UNICEF in Pakistan.
Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health is responsible for matters concerning National Planning and Coordination in the field of Health.
Within the Ministry of Health, UNICEF has joint programmes with the following departments:
- Focal point Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH)
- National Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI)
- National Programme for Family Planning and Primary Health Care
- National AIDS Control Programme (NACP)
- National Health Management Inforamation System (HMIS) Cell
- Nutrition Wing, Ministry of Health
- Pakistan Nursing Council (PNC)
National AIDS Control Programme (NACP)
NACP was established in 1990 with a focus on diagnosis of cases that came to hospitals, but progressively began to shift towards a community focus. Its objectives are the prevention of HIV transmission, safe blood transfusions, reduction of Sexually Transmitted Deseases, establishment of surveillance, training of health staff, research and behavioural studies, and development of programme management.
UNICEF supports NACP in the areas of Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT), Paediatric AIDS Management, Life Skills and Education for Adolescents and Protection of Infected and Affected Children. UNICEF has also supported NACP in the development of Youth Prevention Strategy.
Agha Khan University (AKU)
AKU brings international expertise to bear upon the establishment and enhancement of its current and future programs and services through ongoing partnerships with prestigious overseas institutions. Additionally, in line with its commitment to the advancement of the status and professional opportunities for women, the University seeks similar collaborations to strengthen women-oriented professions such as nursing and teaching.
UNICEF has a research partnership with the Agha Khan University in the areas of newborn and child health including nutrition and infant and young child feeding practices.
Pakistan Pediatric Association (PPA)
The Pakistan Pediatric Association (PPA) is a National Association of Pediatricians of Pakistan. UNICEF collaborates with the national and provincial chapters of the PPA for advocating promotion of evidence based interventions like Integrated Management of Newborn and Childhood Illnesses (IMNCI), Essential and Emergency Newborn Care, Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT), Paediatric AIDS Management.
National Commission for Human Development (NCHD)
Based on a holistic development model, NCHD aims at enlarging the scale and scope of the efforts made by the government in ensuring the effective provision of social services. It perceives human development as a process of enlarging choices, building capacities and encouraging participation of communities at the grass roots. To ensure this, NCHD is directed towards supporting government line departments, civil society organizations and the local communities in the sectors of education, basic health care and income generating activities at the grassroots.