Two health projects worth Rs3 billion, under the banner of USAID, were launched by chief minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday.
Pervez Khattak and USAID Deputy Mission Director Kevin Brownawell launched the health projects at a ceremony at the Chief Minister House in Peshawar.
The initiatives include the reconstruction of the Burns, Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery Centre in Peshawar as well as a new project to improve maternal and child health across seven districts of K-P and six agencies in the federally administered tribal areas (Fata).
“USAID has a long history of development assistance to Pakistan and the Fata/K-P region programme is a cornerstone of USAID’s development portfolio in the country,” said Brownawell, adding they were proud of the strong relationship and the results it had achieved over the years.
He also stated the development assistance was helping K-P government promote long-term, sustainable development in the province.
“Our government attaches great importance to collaboration with the United States to promote health initiatives in K-P,” Khattak said, adding that working together could improve quality and access to health services.
“We look forward to carrying out both these projects with our Pakistani government partners and the community to save lives and improve the health of Pakistani families,” said US Consul General Raymond McGrath.
The 120-bed Burns Centre will include a Reconstructive Surgery Unit and will provide state-of the-art services locally to the patients who currently require emergency travel to the closest facility in Kharian, Punjab, some 250 kilometres away. The project was suspended for almost seven years before USAID vowed to support it.
USAID’s K-P/Fata Health Initiative will train lady health workers and community midwives, provide support to existing public health institutions to improve services and also support health outreach to the far-flung areas through mobile health units.