Jhpiego Corporation Pakistan
December 28, 2018, Government of Balochistan Embarks Upon a New Drive Towards Digital Healthcare in Three Public Sector Departments “Leadership of Balochistan government commits to expand access and bring quality of care in family planning services across the entire province”. Said by Mr. Mir Naseebullah Khan Marri, Minister Health, Government of Balochistan. He was speaking at an inaugural ceremony of an Integrated Training Management Information System entitled “TADREES”, developed by Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP). MCSP is implemented by Jhpiego Corporation in Pakistan and supported by USAID, for Health Department, Population Welfare Department and People’s Primary Healthcare Initiative (PPHI), Government of Balochistan.
This integrated information system will archive the training database of entire staff associated with PPHI, Health and Population Welfare Departments. Functional modules are designed as per the needs suggested by the key stakeholders of the three departments and are embedded in the design of this innovative online database. The administrative rights for data entry and modifications have been developed through a consultative process. A focal person from each Department is responsible for monitoring for data and a statistical officer to generate reports through data analytics.
Dr. Fauzia Assad thanked the participation of prominent officials from the Health Department, Population Welfare Department and People’s Primary Healthcare Initiative (PPHI) of Balochistan. She provided a brief overview of the Jhpiego’s work in Pakistan. Technical assistance and capacity building are the core expertise of Jhpiego Pakistan who started its work in 1997 in Pakistan. She also acquainted the audience with the other thematic areas of health in which Jhpiego Corporation has been working globally. She told the audience that 434 public sector healthcare providers trained by Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) on long acting reversible contraceptives and family planning compliance have served 13,000 family planning users in Balochistan with marked improvement in quality assurance. MCSP has been working in 20 districts of Balochistan with Quetta being the intervention district. The program revised Manual for Standards for Family Planning Services in line with the latest medical eligibility criteria (MEC) introduced by World Health Organization in 2015 and disseminated the printed copies among institutions, governmental departments, training centres and development partners.
Dr. Kamran Baig, Senior Research Manager from Jhpiego, provided a summary of the novel Integrated Training Management Information Systems entitled “TADREES” developed by MCSP Pakistan. After the 18th Constitutional Amendment in 2010, there was no integrated reporting system available for PPHI and Departments of Health and Population Welfare in Balochistan. There was no specified mechanism for reporting, documenting and management of trainings’ data. Before the interventions of MCSP Program of Jhpiego in Balochistan, data of trainings was collected manually, recorded in registers and files etc as no specified mechanism was in place that could eliminate the duplication of trainings and many well-deserved officials were deprived of exploring new avenues in their careers. This meritorious integrated database will now eliminate the hazards of any staff member receiving a particular training twice and will help all the three departments to prioritize the potential nominees deserving to participate in future trainings. The data entry operators of all the three departments have been trained on operational functionality of this database. The operators were also provided with a comprehensive user manual containing step-by-step tutorials to guide users through any webpage. It was followed by a live practical demo presented by Muhammad Akber Gardezi, MIS Manager of Jhpiego.
Dr. Mukhtar Ali Zehri, on the behalf of PPHI Balochistan, underscored the importance of burgeoning population growth rate and stated that our high growth rate of population has strong correlation with socio-economic indicators of our country. He further stated, the time has arrived for public sector planners and policy makers to read carefully the literature and recommendations being developed over the past few decades by various academic and research institutes Dr. Tariq Masood, PMCT, Department of Population Welfare, thanked Dr. Fauzia Assad, Country Director Jhpiego Pakistan, for creating demand for long-acting reversible contraceptives by training healthcare workers through a cascade model ensuring that family planning services reach the primary healthcare level. He also lauded the supply chain component of MCSP Pakistan for providing implants, especially Jadelle, to all the trained health workers to ensure an immediate uptake of long-acting reversible contraceptives. Dr. Naila Ehsan, Consultant Gynecologist, Sandeman Provincial Hospital Quetta, expressed her deep gratitude to the MNCH Program of Balochistan that worked collaboratively with health department in yielding synergistic results. Dr. Shakir Baloch, Director General Health Services, whilst giving his key remarks, appreciated the efforts of MCSP Project towards bringing digitization in the health sector that will make our service delivery more effective.
Mr. Nadeem Sumalani, Additional Secretary Health, speaking at the occasion, requested Minister Health, to consolidate the findings of various health programs and bring all vertical programs on one platform to share new ideas and experiences and such an integration has already been achieved by Punjab and we must endeavor towards integrative approaches for well-coordinated care between different departments and institutions. The use of integrative approaches to health and wellness has grown markedly within healthcare settings in many developing countries to overcome challenges. He further added that population growth rate has been adversely affecting the budgetary allocation, planning, execution and delivery of health services in Balochistan. We will have to make sure that we generate vast quantities of output from scarce resource of our province.
It is imperative now Population Welfare and Health Departments to work together in order to build sustainable linkages for improving our health system. The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Fauzia Assad, Country Director, Jhpiego Pakistan, who expressed her resolute willingness to upscale the work in other districts of Balochistan. She, in particularly, appreciated the tireless efforts of MCSP Balochistan team led by Dr. Abdul Wahid Balochistan Provincial Program Manager, Ms. Maryam Brohi Program Officer Clinical and Mr. Sarfraz Ali Admin & Logistics Officer who marvelously handled and facilitated a series of consultative meetings with key stakeholders of Departments of Health, Population Welfare and PPHI and played a pivotal role in bringing all these stakeholders at one platform and helped build the online database entailing integrative and cohesive methodology.