Pak One Health Alliance

Pak One Health Alliance® in  close coordination with the WHO’s Country Office –
Pakistan, accomplished a study titled “Regional Health System Governance Mapping and
Diagnostic Tool applying COVID-19 Lens” during 2021. Background: Pakistan is the
5  most populous country in the world with a population exceeding 212.2 million. Like
any other country, today the COVID-19 pandemic has tested the resilience of the health systems amidst other agencies. A well-organized and prepared health system with efficient governance has the capacity to maintain equitable access to essential health service delivery
throughout an emergency like the COVID-19 outbreak and limit and limiting direct mortality and avoiding increased indirect mortality from other diseases. Availability of comprehensive and reliable data to inform planning and measuring the achievement of health
programs is of paramount importance. This health system governance study focusing on
pandemic management in general and COVID-19, in particular, was a comprehensive study in Pakistan of its kind. The findings of this assessment provided the basis for policy development, planning, and research for pandemic readiness in general. Program Managers can also use the results of the findings for planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the
program. The results of this assessment could be widely disseminated at the different planning levels, using different dissemination techniques to reach the multiple segments of society.
It was realized that in response to the COVID-19 threat Government has put in place a strong coordination mechanism through the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) to monitor the emergency on daily basis and acting as an executing arm of the National
Coordination Committee (NCC), chaired by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The core objectives of this study were;
• Highlighting the key areas in National multi-sectoral
health policies and strategic, operational plans
(national-subnational and local).

medical facility/equipment for health risk management
from POPs and to deal with emergency situations.
• Staff training & working environment was also seen
weak. However, the majority of staff/workers were
aware of handling hazardous chemicals. They have
optimal knowledge in this regard and they frequently
wash their hands during handling.
• Material handling, storage & disposal practices still
need to be improved.