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.