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)
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