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The health ministry yesterday inaugurated an integrated online interactive health information dashboard to provide aggregated data and information of various diseases prevalent in the country.

The Health Planning, Systems Strengthening and Information Analysis Unit (HPSIU) will help formulate Pakistan’s health policies, set regulatory standards, and facilitate countrywide coordination of health systems.

This unit will function as a knowledge management hub for producing national level aggregated figures and numbers for country level reporting in response to Pakistan’s signatory commitments to international treaties and the Sustainable Development Goals – 2030.

USAID Mission Director John Groarke, Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar, and Minister of Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal inaugurated the renovated facility.

Saira Afzal Tarar said the ministry in July 2015, after consultations with provincial health departments, international aid agencies and development partners notified the establishment of HPSIU. The unit has been refurbished with the collaboration of the US Agency for International Development at the ministry of health.

The minister said the HPSIU has developed an integrated online interactive health information dashboard through linkages with provincial departments of health. The dashboard is linked with provincial routine health information systems and their own dashboards (DHIS system and dashboard, M&E dashboard in Sindh). Additionally besides the linking of routine health information system, the integrated dashboard is understood to act as a management console for health managers and policymakers through linkage with recent national level health and social sector surveys (i.e. PSLM, PDHS, MICS, NNS), and information systems of vertical preventive health programmes i.e. EPI, AIDS, TB, LHWs, MNCH& hepatitis programmes.

She said the dashboard will facilitate presentation of national level figures on key development goals, and health indicators at international fora. It is simultaneously understood to guide national level stewardship for more uniform, equitable and effective health services delivery, regulation and coordination across all the provinces of the country. Such derivations are targeted towards developing and maintaining a better and healthier Pakistani populace that can better and amply contribute towards better health status among regional countries and comity of nations.

“For citizens to be healthy, the health system itself must be strong. The government of Pakistan recognises this,” USAID Mission Director John Groarke said. “The United States and Pakistan worked together to renovate this office so employees have the tools they need to do their vital work,” he added.

On this occasion Ahsan Iqbal congratulating the health ministry said that this step is critical to implementation one of the areas under vision 2025. Health management information system is critical to efficient healthcare system and without health there is can be no economic progress, he added.