June 19, 2024

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WHO celebrates completion of healthcare infrastructure revitalisation project

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The World Health Organisations Pakistan Mission celebrated the successful completion of the Rebuilding Together project with a ceremony on May 31, 2024. — Facebook/World Health Organization- Pakistan
The World Health Organisation’s Pakistan Mission celebrated the successful completion of the ‘Rebuilding Together’ project with a ceremony on May 31, 2024. — Facebook/World Health Organization- Pakistan

Islamabad: The World Health Organisation’s Pakistan Mission celebrated the successful completion of the ‘Rebuilding Together’ project with a ceremony here on Friday, appreciating the Japanese support for revitalising healthcare infrastructure in the country’s flood-stricken areas.

The WHO’s representatives highlighted the importance of international partnerships in building resilient healthcare systems. Dr Luo Dapeng, WHO Head of Mission in Pakistan, praised the government and people of Japan for the “remarkable” support to the project.

“We are extremely grateful for the invaluable support from the Government and people of Japan. Their generous contribution has been instrumental in restoring access to essential healthcare for vulnerable communities affected by the floods. This collaborative effort exemplifies the importance of international partnerships in building resilient healthcare systems,” he said.

He said the WHO was committed to working with the Pakistani government and other stakeholders to further strengthen the country’s healthcare infrastructure. Japan’s ambassador Wada Mitsuhiro reaffirmed his country’s commitment to universal health coverage and sustainable development.

“We [the government of Japan] are committed to ‘leave no one’s health behind’ to achieve universal health coverage. Global health is central to Japan’s development cooperation, and we consider it to be the fundamental pillar of sustainable development,” he said.

In 2022, Pakistan faced catastrophic monsoon rains that caused widespread flooding, affecting millions of people in all provinces of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh, according to officials.

They said the disaster led to the displacement of over 600,000 individuals, damage to 1.9 million homes, and significant agricultural losses. The officials added that the flooding also severely impacted the healthcare infrastructure, with more than 2,000 health facilities damaged.

The WHO’s representatives said thanks to the financial support from the Japanese government and people, the WHO was able to respond promptly to disease outbreaks and improve access to essential healthcare by revitalising damaged facilities.

They said through a collaborative effort, the WHO has renovated 462 healthcare facilities, providing essential equipment and supplies, with 240 facilities rehabilitated through Japanese assistance.

“These facilities are now managed by government health authorities, ensuring continued service provision. Additionally, we have invested in building the capacity of local healthcare professionals, enabling them to provide sustainable healthcare services, including disease surveillance and outbreak response,” a WHO representative said.

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