PR No.224
Sania makes a surprise visit to Holy Family Hospital to stocktake Ehsaas Tahafuz interventions Ehsaas Tahafuz to be upscaled soon to 14 tertiary care hospitals nationwide: Sania
Islamabad: July 30, 2021

Sitting under the Ehsaas umbrella, Tahafuz is a patient centric, shock-oriented programme that caters to one-time catastrophic health costs for those who lack ability to bear the heavy expenditures. To stocktake the progress of Ehsaas Tahafuz operations, Senator, Dr. Sania Nishtar, SAPM made an unannounced visit to Tahafuz Desk in Holy Family Hospital (HFH), Rawalpindi. During the visit, she met with patients and their attendants, technical team of medical experts, hospital administrators and programme verifiers. Dr. Sania also visited Emergency, Ophthalmology and ICU wards and took feedback of patients and their attendants about the medical support extended through Tahafuz. “Patient feedback and first-hand insights will help in the Ehsaas Tahafuz scale-up, later this year”, said Dr. Sania. To-date, 612 deserving patients have been served at HFH, Rawalpindi. To serve patients in need, a facilitation desk has also been established at the HFH to identify the eligible beneficiaries for Tahafuz. Administered by Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division (PASSD), the programme is being expanded to 14 tertiary care hospitals across Punjab, Sindh, KP, Balochistan, GB, AJK and Islamabad. Ehsaas Tahafuz is Pakistan’s first shock-oriented safety net programme. Currently, it is fully operational in HFH, Rawalpindi. The scale and scope of the programme is being upscaled based on lessons of the recently concluded pilot with HFH. Ehsaas Tahafuz will work with public hospitals to identify patients facing catastrophic health expenditures, who will then be assessed by the system, and if eligible, will be provided funding by allocating donations to the patient. Later this year, Tahafuz is being rolled out using a phased approach. According to its predefined scope, Ehsaas Tahafuz caters to patients facing catastrophic health expenditures, who are not covered by Sehat Sahulat Card or are in hospital not registered with Sehat Sahulat programme. Once fully operationalized nationwide, Ehsaas Tahafuz will set up a one window paperless and web-based precision safety net. It will also have funders’ empowerment features in terms of microtransaction alerts, and personalized login credentials for detailed web-viewing right down to the micro-transaction level.