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November 12, 2010

Research key to effective health planning


November 12, 2010

Islamabad: Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (Paiman) Chief of Party Dr. Nabeela Ali has said that research based planning and constant review of implementation strategies was the corner stone of any project targeted at improving health and well-being of mothers and children, says a press release issued here Thursday.
She stated this while inaugurating the first session of the two-day National Dissemination meeting organised by Paiman. The first day of the dissemination ceremony was dedicated to sharing the results of Paiman’s various operations research studies carried out for understanding the efficacy of new ideas and approaches for reducing maternal and newborn health in Pakistan.
Paiman is a six-year USAID supported project aimed at improving the health and well being of mothers and children.
Dr. Nabeela Ali said that USAID through PAIMAN has started community interventions. One of such intervention is integrated community obstetrics. Paiman has trained 2,000 community midwives and upgraded 89 health facilities for backup support to these community midwives, she added. She assured that Paiman integrated community obstetrics model will help in achieving MDGs in Pakistan.
Dr. Zeba Sathar, Country Director, Population Council, a partner organisation in the Paiman project spoke on the importance of Operations Research (OR) and the invaluable lessons learnt over the life of the Paiman project.
While addressing the audiences, USAID Pakistan Chief of Health Janet Paz Castillo termed Paiman a torch-bearing project that had shown the way to others regarding correct design and implementation of health initiatives.
She especially appreciated the project’s contributions to the body of knowledge regarding maternal and child health and hoped that the lessons documented by Paiman will go a long way in improving the health of mothers and children in the country.
Dr. Rashid Jooma, in his remarks praised Paiman project for leading the

way and guiding the Ministry of Health in designing effective programs for improving health of mother and children.

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