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Punjab Health Sector Reforms Program (PHSRP) was started in 2006 as a Project Management Unit of Health Department. It had multifaceted functions including but not limited to monitoring and improvement of both primary and secondary healthcare facilities. It had been working as focal office not only for implementation of MDGs sponsored by Asian Development Bank (ADB) but also remained involved in launching and coordinating other priority initiatives like Maternal Newborn and Child Health Program (MNCH), Chief Minister’s Initiative for Attainment and Realization of MDGs (CHARM), integration of MNCH, LHW and Nutrition Program under IRMNCH & Nutrition Program. PHSRP focus was Provision of Missing facilities in Primary and Secondary level health facilities Infrastructure (civil works at RHCs and BHUs)


Equipment Revision and Strengthening of HR (revision of staff yardsticks) Improving monitoring & evaluation (development and introduction of IT based HMIS in the form of DHIS system) Launching of School Health & Nutrition Program (SHNS) Mapping of health facilities Creation of additional posts to improve service delivery standards 1 post of SHNS at each BHU 1 post of computer operator for each RHC and BHU 6 posts of Charge Nurse at each RHC

An additional post of LHV for each RHC Establishment of Policy and Strategic Planning Unit as envisioned in ADB funded Punjab Millennium Development Goals Program (PMDGP) implemented through PMU of PHSRP Development of home grown Punjab Health Sector Strategy (PHSS 2012-2020) in the wake of 18th Constitutional Amendment. Read More

Revamping of PHSRP into PSPU

In order to finance the different initiatives of the Government of the Punjab government had handholding with different development partners/donor agencies. One of the development partner was Asian Development Bank who was sponsoring different health reforms and provided 100 Million Dollars. PSPU was established as a single policy making platform in health in accordance with the donor requirements for managing the policy level issues related to health, generating evidence based research for policy making alongwith donor coordination

The PSPU envisioned playing the role of PMU in system strengthening financed by World Bank, DFID and other donor and development partners. Besides, PSPU has assumed the role of think tank & coordinator for Health Department in formulation of health strategic plan and policy. In addition to all above activities, PSPU is also working as focal office for coordination and interaction with both National and International partners like DFID, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNICEF, WHO etc. PSPU has the role of conducting consultative sessions of various stakeholders on important health issues and developing policy briefs / recommendations for the government and implementing bodies for future action for instance development of the Punjab Health Sector Strategy, Multi Sectoral Nutrition Strategy, Essential Package for Health Service for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Level.

PSPU is also been providing its technical inputs in MNCH, Nutrition, Family Planning, Health Facilities Assessment and Lady health Workers Evaluation. It has also been involved in development of Annual Health Report for the Health Department PSPU is instrumental in formation of DLIs in consultation with all stakeholders, release of funds from donors on achievement of DLIs, formation of proper Business Plan for disbursement of this money to various programs and timely utilization of these funds is also the mandate of PSPU


PSPU has been specially designed to act as a Project Management Unit after 18th amendment for the implementation of World Bank and DFID programs. Main objective of PSPU is to strengthen the governance and stewardship function of Primary & Secondary Health Department and enhance the effectiveness and impact of Punjab Health Care Delivery System coordinating all the sectoral and multi-sectoral stakeholders.



Some main functions of PSPU are:

The complete management, recruitment, training and data collection by more than 200 MEAs is being done by PSPU and this data by the MEAs is being presented to the Chief Minister during stock take meeting after every 2 months.

Coordination with PWD and P&D
To provide coordination and technical support for the development and implementation of comprehensive FP action plan and FP communication program, for MSNS and role in Punjab Growth strategy.

Support to Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department (Tertiary Healthcare System)
Mostly the donor support is focused on Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department whereas PSPU is instrumental in providing technical support to Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Department in the development of strategic guidelines on various components for reforms in tertiary healthcare system.

Institutionalization of systems research and evidence derivation, knowledge management and presentation
To identify and mobilize quality technical resources to develop and guide policies and strategic planning.
To promote, support and facilitate the institutionalization of Systems Research in the Health Care Delivery System of Punjab Province.
To promote and establish a culture for participatory and evidence based policies’ development and decision-making in the health care delivery system.
To specifically analyze health financing issues and work closely with the Financial Management Cell for advising the HD on annual development planning and budgeting with a strategic vision through FMC.

Implementation of Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy

To monitor and coordinate all stakeholders’ inputs in the implementation of Provincial Multi-sector Nutrition Strategy and other such health associated programs and plans like Punjab.

Minister for P&SH Message

Dr. Yasmin Rashid is a Pakistani politician who has been a member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab since August 2018. In 1978, she did her MBBS from the Fatima Jinnah Medical University in Lahore. In 1984, she moved to the United Kingdom and enrolled in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists from where received a MRCOG degree in 1989 and a FRCOG degree in 1999. She served as the President the Pakistan Medical Association from 1998 to 2000. She served as president of Pakistan Medical Association Lahore chapter from 2008 to 2010 and has been the chairperson of the Task Force Women Development, and chairperson of the Women Health Committee in Punjab


Secretary P&SHCD Message

Primary & Secondary Healthcare Deaprtment has been created with the vision for better service delivery in Primary & Secondary Health Sector. The department believes in all inclusive policy where each team member is an integral part of decision making process and trying to work to best of their potential. We have built a dynamic organization which is a beautiful blend of traditional government processes and modern service paradigm. Together we intend to make Punjab better and healthier.


Program Director's Message

The Government of Punjab has been making substantial investment in the health care delivery system of the province to provide quality and timely services to the population and improve their health status indicators. However, the progress in the achievement of health goals always remains challenging. Major factors that caused poor progress in last decade include lack of planning capacity, weak monitoring and evaluation system, poor implementation mechanism, non-strengthening and uplifting of Health Management Executive Cadre and lack of proper implementation of devolution of powers and absence of coherent strategic and policy direction. There is need to strengthen the system in terms of ensuring strong stewardship, use of evidence for policy and strategy development, governance and accountability mechanism, public private partnership and coordination with national and international NGOs. The promulgation of the 18th amendment to the Constitution, under which the province has acquired the additional responsibility of policy-making and strategic planning, makes it especially imperative to strengthen the governance and stewardship role of the department. It eloquently speaks of the need of an autonomous unit like PSPU that can provide the high quality technical resources and expertise with the capacity to understand current and emerging health challenges for improving policy and strategic planning in health sector. The Policy and Strategic Planning Unit (PSPU) is mainly responsible for providing technical support and acting as a coordinating body for different initiatives in the field of health reforms in the province. PSPU’s important roles include working as a think tank on designing the reform packages, its implementation process and continuously monitoring the outcomes of interventions. I am of the strong opinion that PSPU can play a more vibrant role as a technical advisory body. Analysis of review of existing strategies and policies by PSPU to develop a comprehensive health policy and strategic framework consistent with the future needs of health department and global aspirations like Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would go a long way to streamline the Punjab Health System Program Director Policy and Strategic Planning Unit



Program Directors

Mr. Najam Saeed

April 2006 - May 2007

Mr. Tariq Najeeb Najmi

May 2007 - June 2007

Mr. Tahir Hussain

June 2007 - April 2008

Mr. Hamid Yaqoob Sheikh

April 2008 - August 2008

Dr. Ijaz Munir

August 2008 - May 2009

Mr. Abdullah Khan Sumbal

August 2010 & May 2009 - July 2009

Mr. Muhammad Farasat Iqbal (Late)

September 2010 - June 2013 & July 2009 - August 2010

Mr. Muhammad Haroon ur Rafique

July 2013 - Jan 2014

Dr. Akhter Rasheed

Feb 2014 - June 2014

Mr. Ali Bahadur Qazi

September 2014 - April 2016

Dr. Syeda Zahida Sarwar

April 2016 - May 2016

Mr. Muhammad Khan Ranja

May 2016 - September 2017

Miss. Fatima Sheikh

September 2017 - May 2018

Core Team Members

Dr. Nadeem Zaka
Additional Program Director (Tech)

Tahira Akram
Former Deputy Director (M&E)

Abida Javaid
Former Deputy Director (Fin)

Ishtiaq Ahmed
Former Research Officer - Knowledge Management Unit

Muhammad Raashid
Healthcare Financing Specialist

S. Fakhir Abbas Kazmi
Data Analyst

Aazim Baig
Financial Management Specialist

Ibrahim Mughal
Environmental Health Specialist
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