LAHORE - Technical Resource Facility (TRF) organised a seminar on Supporting Health Sector: TRF Contributions to Punjab, at Royal Palm Golf and Country Club the other day

The sitting shared the details of its support provided to the health sector, come up with recommendations and way forward for the Health Department in collaboration with potential development partners.

policymakers, managers, planners, academicians, researchers, private sector representatives and donors attended the seminar. Seminar programme included showcasing TRF reports and materials, presentations made by TRF team and DG Office on key contributions to the health sector, followed by an interactive discussion.  Jawwad Rafique Malik, Secretary Health also attended the event.

TRF was set up by United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) from year 2009 to 2015.  It was established to provide technical assistance through the MNCH Programme for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5.  In the post devolution phase, this support was extended to the wider health sector across the country.

TRF supported the Punjab Government in developing its Health Sector Strategy, approved by the Punjab Chief Minister. With TRF assistance, Department of Health (DoH) later developed a Medium Term Budgetary Framework and a business plan, both, to align its own as well as development partners’ investment in health sector with the strategy’s priorities.

TRF has been supporting various reform initiatives of DOH agreed with the development partners. These include support for developing the Essential Package of Health Services (EPHS) for primary health care and related service standards; both have been approved and notified by the by DOH. A procurement monitoring system has been developed for monitoring procurements at various stages of the cycle. TRF also supported development of standard specifications for drugs, supplies and medical equipment, which DOH has been using in its procurements. An online system for monitoring the performance of health facilities and health programmes has also been developed.

TRF supported the Nursing Council in revising the curriculum and examination system where greater emphasis has been placed in developing the CMWs’ technical skills. In addition, TRF support helped MNCH Programme to launch its communication strategy that has led to the development and telecasting of 14 TV talk shows and broadcasting of an equal number of radio talks on MNCH issues. In addition, five TV dramas, seven TV commercials, 32 cooking shows providing nutrition related information and 32 puppet theatres for raising awareness in improving maternal and child health have been produced.