USAID claims to help Pakistan for Improvement of Maternal Health System

The U.S Government has claimed that through United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) technical and financial support, it has made significant advances for strengthening Pakistan’s supply chains of health goods. Another landmark has been achieved with USAID’s Deliver Project expanding its web-based Logistics Management Information System (LMIS) across Pakistan for improved management, record keeping, procurement and distribution of contraceptives; establishing logistics and procurement cells at provincial and regional health and population departments; and providing Information Technology (IT) equipment support to provinces and districts for LMIS activities. The project is reportedly assisting the relevant government departments for developing essential drugs lists with procurement packages for primary and secondary health care facilities.

usaidUSAID has already provided an operator’s training at the district level to make sure that this web-based Logistics Management Information System is efficiently and effectively tracking down the need and supplies of the health commodities. With the provision of IT equipment, USAID has ensured that this supply tracking system is operating in all 143 districts of the country. Planning and Development Division, Planning Commission, Central Warehouse (CWH) Karachi, and the recently established Logistics and Procurement Cells (LPC) in departments of Health & Population Welfare are also being provided this equipment. The total value of hardware support from US Government is $3.5m and this includes servers, desktop computers, laptops, printers, multimedia projectors, photocopiers, barcode scanners, printers and UPS. This will make it possible for the government departments to electronically track and report on monthly consumption of maternal health products and ensure adequate supply.

It is further reported that from 2001 to 2009, Government of Pakistan has spent on average $5 to 6 million per year on contraceptive procurement and to meet the elevated demands, the U.S Government has also financed in-kind donations worth $72 million till 2013 to meet all projected needs in the country.

This donation is one of many examples of U.S. Government long-term commitment towards improving health and health system strengthening in Pakistan. U.S. Government, through USAID, is also funding construction of various health facilities, such as the new ward at the Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Center in Karachi, support for the training of medical professionals, and strengthening of maternal and child health services throughout the country.

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