There is growing renewed trust in primary health care as the best approach for ensuring equity in the delivery of essential health services. However, Pakistan with one of the most widely spread district health system networks in the region, has not delivered at the expected capacity. A series of health system reform agendas are now stipulated which include the promulgation of an essential health service package, public private partnerships and a people-centred focus. Nevertheless, success of these reforms will hinge on the ability of the three tiers of the government and other stakeholders to work together to improve the overall performance of the district health system. This paper provides an overview of the district health system infrastructure and organization of primary health care services in Pakistan, the evolving governance pattern and the operational significance and merit of health system pillars for effective service implementation.
|Translated title of the contribution||Implementing the district health system in the framework of primary health care in Pakistan: Can the evolving reforms enhance the pace towards the Millennium Development Goals?|
|Journal||Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2010|