National Consultation on Monitoring Progress of Implementing a Universal Health Care Essential Package of Health Services

ISLAMABAD, 11 March 2021 — Pakistan is the first country in the world to develop an Essential Package of Health Services based on DCP3 model interventions. On 23 November 2020, the National Advisory Committee endorsed a package of 107 UHC EPHS interventions for implementation at the district level, and a more limited package of 88 interventions for implementation in selected provinces.

In order to promote a more effective implementation of the district and provincial UHC EPHS, the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation, and Coordination (MoNHSR&C), DCP3 Secretariat, Health Services Academy and the University of Manitoba have partnered to develop a national Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) framework/package that can be adapted for use at provincial and district levels.

On 11 March 2021, the partners organized a national consultation on monitoring progress towards UHC held in Islamabad, Pakistan. The meeting brought together DCP3 advisors and UHC focal points from the MoNHSR&C and the provincial health departments. The consultation aimed to review global UHC monitoring recommendations and lessons learnt, propose indicators and methodologies that can be adapted by provinces and regions, identify data gaps, and propose a set of district level indicators to assess capacity and readiness to implement the EPHS. The inputs from the consultation will be used to finalize the M&E framework.