New Jobs In Peoples Primary Healthcare Initiative Sindh (PPHI) 23 May 2018
The People’s Primary Healthcare Initiative KP (PPHI), also known as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Programme, is a programme with the objective to develop primary level healthcare facilities and benefit patients at grassroots level] in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan. The People’s Primary Healthcare Initiative in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and else where in Pakistan were modeled following a World Bank report prepared in light of World Health Organization Health Model, seeking a shift from curative to preventive and promotive health care.
The government awarded contracts to the non-governmental organisations to manage BHUs by improving presence of staff, equipment and medicines. The role of organisations is like consultants as they receive total budget of the districts and fill vacant posts and make prompt purchases of medicines, equipments etc. due to which patients get smooth treatment. The programme offers grant incentives to doctors and other healthcare staff for attracting them to serve in the rural and remote areas of the province. In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), the management of primary healthcare infrastructure was transferred to the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) from 2007 to 2016. There are over 625 basic health units (BHU’s) across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
In 2016 a legal and administrative disagreement arose between the PTI lead Provincial Government and the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP). It was decided that the programme would devolve back under the administrative control of the Health Department. “Most Chitral BHUs face closure after termination of health initiative”. DAWN. 25 October 2015.
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“KP govt empowers DDHOs to manage primary healthcare”. The Daily Times. 20 June 2016.
“KP CM agrees to grant Rs 3.3 bn incentives for doctors, other healthcare staff”. The News International. 11 November 2015.
“Withdrawing assistance: Rural healthcare initiative in limbo as centre backs off”. The Express Tribune. 9 February 2014.
“Future of 2,000 employees, health delivery system at grassroots at stake”. The News International. 23 May 2016.
“PPHI closure protested”. The News International. 22 May 2016.
“Under duress: Govt succumbs to political pressure over managing BHUs”. The Express Tribune. 1 July 2016.
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“PHC restrains govt from sacking 212 PPHI doctors”. The Express Tribune. 2016-06-15.
“PPHI employees upbeat as govt withdraws notification”. The News International. 27 June 2016.
“KP govt finally decides to discontinue PPHI”. The News International. 30 September 2016.
Yusufzai, Ashfaq (2015-08-24). “Extension of NGO contract violates LG law”. DAWN.
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