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International donors pledge to support in health sector: Jakhrani.

ISLAMABAD, May 29, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- Minister for Health Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani on Friday said that international donors have pledged to provide assistance and technical support in health sector particularly to cater the immediate needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs). Addressing a press conference here after attending the 62nd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, the minister said the world community have been reminded regarding its responsibility to support Pakistan and provide humanitarian assistance. He said in the sideline meeting with Executive Director of the Global Fund a grant worth US$ 27 million was attained to fight against TB in Pakistan. He said the Pakistani delegation also secured the required support of 45 million Pounds in next three years from the British Government in maternal and newborn child health sector. He said during meeting with GAVA, it agreed to release its support to strengthen the immunization activities in Pakistan with the support of 120 million US Dollars, which will go upto 56 million dollars in coming years. He said WHO agreed to provide all assistance in the area of human resource health to address the appropriate planning in terms of training needs, supply and need projections, proper mix, career structure, staffing and quality issues etc. Jakhrani said on its participation in the UNAIDs meeting, all the delegates from other countries appreciated the efforts of Pakistan in prevention and control of HIV/AIDS. He added a Task Force was formed under the leadership of Pakistan with the mandate to engage the partner countries in dialogue and report back on progress. The German funded National Blood Transfusion Service project in Pakistan also came under discussion where Pakistani delegation was assured all the assistance required in the area of safe blood transfusion. He said in the meetings with Health Action in Crisis Department of WHO and European Commission, Pakistani delegation figured out the needs for the IDPs and terrorism related injuries. He added both the partners assured their full support to undertake this humanitarian issue in Pakistan. He said during visit the world community was informed that Pakistan is fighting against the extremism and militancy and due to on-going operation against terrorists more than two million people are living in relief camps. He said WHA was asked to take notice of humanitarian disaster, which is being further aggravated by the increasing incidence of terrorism related injuries. He said during meeting with Director General WHO the delegation especially emphasized on the situations of IDPs and demanded the persistent support of WHO to look after the humanitarian assistance for the effected people. He added Director General, WHO, assured all out support for Pakistan to meet the challenges by the country in the health sector. Pakistani delegation headed by Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani attended the 62nd Session of WHA, Commonwealth Ministerial and Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Meetings of the Health Ministers. World Health Assembly (WHA) is the worlds highest health policy setting body and is composed of health ministers from 193 member states. Impact of the economic and financial crisis on global health was the theme of the 62nd session of WHA. Outbreak of H1N1 Influenza Virus was another main concern of all the member states during the WHA session. In addition, the main agenda items of the WHA included Implementation of International Health Regulations 2005, Blindness and Visual impairment, Primary Health Care, social Determinants of Health, Health related Millennium Development Goals, Climate Change and Health, Intellectual Property, Polio Eradication, HIV/AIDs, Health System Strengthening, Maternal and Newborn Child Health (MNCH), Health Technologies and Multilingualism.

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Date:May 29, 2009
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