LAHORE -  The Punjab Government on Friday announced its support to NGO – Save the Children in its diarrhoea control program which is to be launched in the province.

Policy Strategic and Planning Unit Punjab will consider recommendations given by Save the Children and provide assistance and support in implementation of the program against diarrhoea deaths in the province.

Assurance was given at the concluding session of five day workshop arranged by Save the Children at a local hotel on Friday. Director General Health Dr Zahid Pervaiz chaired the concluding session.

During group discussions, observations and experiences of local government bodies, PHED, NGOs, CBOs and stakeholders of corporate sector including Reckitt and Benckiser and GlaxoSmithKline, were shared to design an innovative and result-oriented program on diarrhoea control.

The participants later singed a statement of commitment that the 5 day workshop’s findings and observations would be documented and complied during the implementation phase. The concluding statement observed that the diahrroea control program would focus on bringing down the death rate. The program would adopt innovative ways to aware mothers, medical caregivers as well as children under 5 years of age in order to control diarrhoea.

In Punjab, diarrhoea is the second biggest killer disease among children under 5.

Country Director, Save the Children in Pakistan David Skinner expressed his heartfelt thanks to government of Punjab, especially Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif for instructing the health advisor and other health officials to patron the workshop and sharing their expectations from the upcoming programme.

The hallmark of the programme will be public private partnership, to build a platform to facilitate partnerships and promote synergies among key stakeholders.

, specifically Ministries of Health, organisations such as WHO, UNICEF, DFID, local and international NGOs and other corporate working on diarrhoea prevention and control in the province. Save the Children will also advocate and campaign with policy makers, politicians for better practices and policies to fulfill children’s right to health and to ensure children’s voices are heard.