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The Path to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

In 2017, on behalf of GIZ’s Social Protection-Social Health Protection programme in Pakistan, Scenarium undertook the critical task of assisting the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in their efforts to map out a strategic route towards the realization of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

The drive to achieve UHC in KP was rooted in Pakistan’s National Health Vision, aiming to seamlessly meld with the province’s Health Sector Strategy that was due for renewal in 2018. The province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with its distinctive health challenges and opportunities, became the focal point for this endeavor.

Key Components:

  1. Stakeholder Engagement: One of the foundational elements in the crafting a guiding document was a comprehensive stakeholder engagement process. This encompassed interviews and a strategic Round Table session in 2017, ensuring that the blueprint took into account the diverse perspectives of those invested in the province’s health landscape.
  2. Holistic Framework: The project presented a broad overview of the existing health system, taking into consideration the socio-economic dynamics, political environment, and the unique context of KP within Pakistan.
  3. Tangible Milestones: Our emphasis was on clear, measurable milestones and project outlines. This grounded the broader vision in practical, achievable steps, making the path to UHC in KP both visionary and pragmatic.
  4. Alignment with National Strategies: An essential element of the roadmap was its consonance with larger provincial and national objectives. This ensured that KP’s strategy was not in isolation but in harmony with overarching goals.
  5. Highlight on a Health Card: As a part of our retrospective analysis, the introduction and expansion of the Sehat Insaf card in KP is noteworthy. Serving as a progressive step toward UHC, it underscores KP’s commitment to advancing healthcare accessibility.

In the period leading up to the 2018 elections, health emerged as a salient priority for Pakistan, standing alongside education in national discourses. Scenarium’s work with the KP government during this pivotal time aimed to provide a structured and academically rigorous framework, setting the stage for future policy interventions and health reforms in the region.

We are proud to have contributed to this significant initiative and continue to support endeavors that champion better health outcomes globally.

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