PR No. 122Hsa 6th Annual Public Health Scientific Conference Islamabad: December 11, 2015

Health Services Academy, Islamabad held its 6th Annual Public Health Scientific Conference focusing on the theme of “Fragile Health System: Issues and Challenges in Pakistan” in collaboration with WHO, GIZ, USAID, and other international development partners.

The Federal Minister of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar in her opening speech appreciated the Academy on organizing such an excellent event for the public health professionals, researchers, stakeholders and key players annually to learn and benefit from each other’s’ experiences. She also congratulated HSA on attaining the status of degree awarding institute and successful completion of 27 years of academic excellence.

“The Government of Pakistan is fully cognizant of the importance of Health issues in Pakistan. Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response System and PMNHIP are the new directions adopted by the Government of Pakistan to improve the health sector of the country. This platform is particularly important to understand the underlying dimensions, forces and issues related to the Fragile Health System in our country and deliberate in finding sustainable solutions”, she further said

Executive Director HSA in his welcome note shared with the attendees  that Public Health England, CDC and others are cooperating with the government for establishing an Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response System in the Country; an effective system for controlling epidemic and vector borne diseases on modern lines to deal with diseases, including dengue, malaria and Ebola virus.

“The experience sharing of national and international researchers will result in better decisions and efficient use of resources, governance mechanisms and financial approaches to address the equity in health care” He further stressed.

Executive Director, HSA acknowledged Public Health UK, CDC and all other international development partners who travelled long distances to attend the conference.

Conference has two plenary sessions, sixteen scientific sessions and poster presentations spanned on two days. Almost 100 research papers & 150 posters will be presented in two consecutive days.

The conference is a platform to review the programs, policies and practices in Pakistan’s Health Systems in order to assess the opportunities available for synergizing and attaining benefits from the Global Health Security Agenda by bringing together researchers and policy makers on a single platform.

The deliberations and knowledge sharing during these two days will raise possibilities of improvements in health sector of Pakistan with the ultimate goal of ensuring the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ultimately improve the health status of the vulnerable population.