ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Institute for Development Economics (PIDE) is going to start a centre of excellence named 'Centre for Population, Health and Social Policy (CPHSP) with an objective to focus on health holistically, as issues related to health economy like demography's contribution to health policy debates and planning are gaining importance worldwide but unfortunately are continued to be ignored in Pakistan.

A ceremony in this regard would be held on February 17. While talking at a preparatory meeting regarding CPHSP launch, Vice Chancellor PIDE Dr. Rashid Amjad said, "With the availability of relevant human capital at PIDE, the centre can fill in this gap. Likewise, demography's contribution to health policy debate and planning is vital." He said CPHSP will serve to discover, integrate and disseminate knowledge through research in the field of health especially demography and economics.

While briefing the participants, Dr Durr-e-Nayab, Director CPHSP, PIDE, said that the ignored issues related to health economy and health policy development involves different components like identifying the major disease problems, designing health care systems and defining what government can do using the full range of policy instruments.