Islamabad - At the first meeting of donor coordination forum on health and population, Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar has called for better coordination to ensure efficient resource mobilisation.

The forum was attended by all international donor and partner agencies working in Pakistan in the areas of health and population. It was agreed that the forum should meet every three months.

The meeting decided to carry out mapping of activities and resources currently being provided by the donors to ensure that there was no duplication of effort.

Speaking on the occasion Saira Afzal Tarar said, “The forum allows us to pool wisdom, resolve any outstanding issues and build consensus on issues that affect the life and well being of our people. Convening and sustaining such forums and processes where there is sharing of information and knowledge, is also critical to avoiding duplication of effort and efficient utilisation of resources.”

Reduction in mother and child mortality rate is a major area of focus and the ministry is working closely with provincial governments and international partners in strengthening programmes and interventions aimed at protecting mother and child from disease and disability, she added.

“We need to be aware of the fact that although there is no dearth of resources being provided by the federal government for immunisation programmes, there is a need to ensure that it reaches each and every target child. Unless this is achieved, our efforts to mobilise resources shall count for nothing,” she said.