USAID and Sindh govt. sign MOU for quality healthcare services

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Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the USAID’s Maternal and Child Health Program (MCH), which aims at providing at least 80 per cent of families across 15 districts of Sindh with quality healthcare services, was signed by the mission director of USAID Pakistan, John Groarke, and Sindh Health Secretary Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo and Population Welfare Secretary Muhammad Saleem Raza.

Under the MoU, the USAID will assist the Sindh government to provide families with maternal, newborn and child health services as well as integrated family planning to reduce maternal and child deaths.

Speaking on the occasion, John Groarke said with bilateral cooperation reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health can be improved in the province.

“Together, we can develop key policies and programs to deliver high-quality health services to a population in need,” he added.

US Consul General Brian Heath said the United States has always showed its support for improving the accessibility and quality of healthcare services available to Pakistanis.

“The main goal of the program is to reduce maternal and infant illness and mortality. This includes working together to reach ambitious targets, such as decreasing the newborn mortality rate from 54 to 50 deaths per 1,000 live births,” he added.

“This is exactly the kind of cooperation that we need from stakeholders in all areas – government, private sector, and civil society,” said USAID Mission Director to Pakistan John Groarke.

Sindh Education Secretary Fazlullah Pechuho, USAID Mission Director John Groarke, and Engro’s senior Vice President Ruhail Muhammad signed the MoU. Also present were U.S. Consul General Brian Heath and USAID Senior Policy Advisor and Program Manager for Sindh Basic Education Program Randy

Hatfield.

News source: Medical News Pakistan

 

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