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PR No.72 PAKISTAN HEALTH KNOWLEDGE HUB Islamabad: July 12, 2019

Ministry of National Health Services, under the leadership of Dr Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health, launched the first ever health information portal, titled ‘Pakistan Health Knowledge Hub’ (PHKH). The launch was attended by the representatives of Federal Health Ministry, officials from the Provincial Departments of Health, USAID JSI, Unicef and other public health professionals. On this occasion Dr. Zafar Mirza said, endorsed the efforts of Health Ministry for developing a one-stop portal for essential government documents, reports, strategies and legislation documents related to the health sector. He further added, that we must make a mental shift in order to effectively utilize and implement the available information from routine public sector practice to ensuring real time availability of information through the knowledge hub. He emphasized that the Ministry needs to internally institutionalize this initiative and make all possible efforts to keep the knowledge hub updated with new information and documents. Dr. Zafar Mirza encouraged the provincial representatives to take ownership of the knowledge hub at the provincial level and for ensuring smooth progress and sustainability of this initiative. Dr. Zafar Mirza further added Pakistan Health Knowledge Hub is an open access resource and will function as a technical resource for government officials, academics, researchers, policy developers and decision makers besides all members of the general public. DG Health said, the knowledge hub is housed on a dedicated server at the Ministry. Content on the knowledge hub is organized by thematic areas, common health topics and areas of special interest. The knowledge hub will function as a go to source for published information related to the health sector in the country. A key feature of the knowledge hub is a robust search mechanism with a user-friendly interface and easy to browse archives.

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