Health reform in Pakistan: A call to action

Sania Nishtar, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Tazeen H. Jafar, Abdul Ghaffar, Tasleem Akhtar, Kaiser Bengali, Qazi Asmat Isa, Ejaz Rahim

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Pakistan's enormous macroeconomic, internal, and human security challenges coexist alongside the opportunity created by a huge desire for change. With democracy taking root and a new constitutionally ushered era in state governance, The Lancet Series about Pakistan and health focuses on health as a nation-building and social-welfare agenda at a time of unprecedented social upheaval and economic hardships in the country. We call for a unified vision for the goal of universal and equitable health access. We provide recommendations for six objectives for policy and action. Higher political priority for health, increased investments, a combination of targeted and universal approaches, action in terms of the social determinants, institutionalisation of the right organisational network, and frameworks for accountability are crucial for the attainment of the health goals in Pakistan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2291-2297
Number of pages7
JournalThe Lancet
Issue number9885
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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