Islamabad - Minister for Health Saira Afzal Tarar held a meeting with Chief of Mother and Child Health of World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr Flavia Bustreo on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly in Geneva. The minister sought WHO support for independent evaluation of the Lady Health Workers (LHW) Programme with a view to ensuring the programme realises its full potential.

    The minister said the programme with over 100,000 workforce was a key to implementing strategies to ensure universal health coverage. Lady health workers can be effectively utilised to deliver routine immunisation vaccines to children, which is critical to providing immunisation cover to more children. Saira Afzal Tarar informed that Pakistan had recently finalised a ten-point national action plan for child health which has been agreed by all provinces. She requested for WHO support in assessing the plan and technical input for making the plan effective.

The WHO MNCH chief appreciated the political commitment in Pakistan for taking forward mother and child health and pledged all-out support of her organisation in this regard.