DCP3 Country Translation

DCP3 Country Translation

The DCP3 Country Translation Project utilizes the DCP3 evidence and model health packages to provide technical assistance and capacity building to low- and middle-income countries in priority setting, developing, revising and implementing national and sub-national Essential Packages of Health Services, and supporting countries in accelerating progress towards Universal Health Coverage. Read More

Investing in UHC Health Benefit Packages in Pakistan

The Pakistan Government is committed to improving the health of its population by providing universal access to affordable and quality essential health services. Nearly 53% of the total health expenditure in Pakistan comes from out-of-pocket payments, and every year, an estimated 350,000 households fall into poverty because of the high costs of accessing health care. In 2020, Pakistan became the first country in the world to invest in developing a national Essential Package of Health Services (EPHS) based on the DCP3 evidence and model Universal Health Coverage packages. The EPHS was endorsed at the highest level by the Inter-Ministerial Health and Population Council and will be implemented in a phased approach within the next five years. It is estimated to avert an additional 46.7 million DALYs, and reduce stunting by 10%, under-five mortality by 30%, neonatal mortality by 33%, and maternal mortality by 35%.

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Pakistan is the first country in the world to invest in a national UHC Essential Package of Health Services (UHC EPHS) based on the DCP3 model packages. The development and implementation of the EPHS is an important step towards achieving the goal of Universal Health Coverage. Assuming steady-state implementation, the EPHS is estimated to avert an additional 46.7 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) over a period of five years, and reduce stunting by 10%, under-five mortality by 30%, neonatal mortality by 33%, and maternal mortality by 35%*.

A national Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework for UHC implementation in Pakistan has been developed in partnership with the MNHSR&C, Health Services Academy, DCP3 Secretariat, University of Manitoba, and WHO HQ. The framework streamlines and complements existing monitoring mechanisms in the country and is aligned with the priorities defined in the Pakistan UHC investment case. It aims to measure the reduction in health system bottlenecks, track progress towards achieving the impact targets, and assess coverage.

On 23 February, the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (MoNHSR&C), in collaboration with the DCP3 Secretariat at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and World Health Organization held a national workshop on Intersectoral Policies for Health in Islamabad, Pakistan.

About Disease Control Priorities
Disease Control Priorities provides a periodic review of the most up-to-date evidence on cost-effective interventions to address the burden of disease in low-resource settings. This 3rd edition (DCP3) brought together over 500 scholars, policymakers, and technical experts across 9 volumes published between 2015 and 2018, each tackling a different topic area.