The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has offered its support to the government of Pakistan to facilitate capacity building of federal health institutions to improve the country’s health system.
The support was offered by representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Pakistan during a meeting with Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel on Friday to discuss healthcare collaboration .
The delegation also offered its support to strengthen federal and provincial laws for the protection of health care and to improve the delivery of physical rehabilitation services across the country.
The two parties also decided to pursue a strengthened partnership and joint activities to improve health indicators in the country with a particular focus on people with disabilities.
ICRC representatives briefed the minister on the ICRC’s humanitarian efforts in Pakistan, highlighting its physical rehabilitation program as well as the need for increased health care protection.
Qadir Patel appreciated the humanitarian support provided by the ICRC over the years and reiterated the government’s commitment to providing universal health coverage for all in Pakistan.
He stressed the need to do more to help people with disabilities, encourage their social inclusion and enable a safer working environment for healthcare workers in the country.
The Minister assured the ICRC delegation of the support of the Ministry of Regulation and Coordination of National Health Services for its humanitarian activities.
The delegation informed the minister that the ICRC is working with health authorities and local partners in Pakistan to strengthen the country’s health sector through a series of initiatives, including strengthening the continuum of care, providing physical rehabilitation and facilitation of community training in medical first aid.
Through its HCID initiative, the ICRC works to address the problem of violence against health care workers and facilities by promoting evidence-based initiatives in collaboration with government health services, major universities and public hospitals.
The ICRC delegation included Jamal Khan, deputy head of delegation, Dr Mirwais Khan, head of the Health Care in Danger Initiative (HCID), and Imad Aldibee, head of the ICRC’s physical rehabilitation program in Pakistan.
The delegation was accompanied by former executive director of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Dr. Seemin Jamali.