Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) to hold int’l woman and child health conference
ISLAMABAD: The Mother and Child Health (MCH) centre of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) has planned to hold a two-day International conference on women and child health from September 12.The objective of the conference is to bring together leading experts in women’s and child health with an aim of developing recommendations for improving outcomes in reproductive neonatal in Pakistan over the next decade. The conference would highlight the need of the government and civil society to pledge commitment and make it a priority to save the lives of mothers and their babies. Addressing the conference on Tuesday at PIMS, Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarar said that the ministry would ensure its coordination with PIMS and would seriously look into the recommendations coming out of this conference. She said that all the provinces would be taken on board in making strategies to deal with the dismal situation.”We have a long way to go as far as mother and child health is concerned,” she said.The minister, who is also the patron in chief of the conference, said, “We have to take honest stock of our previous programmes and learn from our mistakes. The government is alive to address all matters related to public health.” She said that despite limited resources, the government has planned several steps for making improvements in the health delivery system of the country, particularly improving the health of the mother and child in the country. Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Vice Chancellor Rana Javed Akram said that the conference aimed at starting a new tradition by bringing together different stakeholders from multiple sectors in the field of maternal and child health. He said that more than 50 international and national experts would attend the event with the objective of improving mother and child health indicators in Pakistan which currently are at an unacceptable level. He said that the conference theme would be “Meeting Maternal and Child Health challenges beyond 2015”. He said, “We aim to start an unprecedented movement that mobilises and intensifies international and national action by our government, multilaterals, the private sector, and civil society to address the major health challenges faced by the women and children in the country.”Akram said that this effort would put into action the development of strategy for women’s and children’s health, with a roadmap on how to enhance financing, strengthen policy, and improve the service on the grassroots level for the most vulnerable women and children. PIMS professor Syeda Batool Mazhar gave a briefing on reproductive health with particular reference to the current maternal health situation of Pakistan and MDG 5. She said that globally about half a million women die every year as a result of problems related to pregnancy and childbirth while approximately six million children die worldwide annually. Most of these mortalities are in the developing countries. This is despite the availability of effective low cost interventions, she added. She said that Pakistan has one of the highest infant and maternal mortality figures, adding that although Pakistan is unlikely to achieve MDGs 4-5, it is time to identify the factors impeding progress and determine the strategy for future, and work towards Pakistan’s development post 2015.PIMS head of Pediatrics Tabish Hazir also discussed MDG 4 at the conference. He pointed out that Pakistan has the third highest infant mortality in the world today and there has been absolutely no progress in reducing the neonatal mortality. He said that this conference intends to bring academia and programme people together on one platform to exchange ideas honestly and frankly to identify the reasons of this failure to achieve MDG 4. The launch meeting was attended by various stakeholders in the health sector, including dignitaries from the UN agencies, WHO, NGO’s, pharmaceutical companies, and government officials.
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