Pakistan Overview

The USAID | DELIVER PROJECT began operations in Pakistan in August 2009 in order to support the coordinated goals of the Government of Pakistan (GOP) and the USAID Pakistan Mission toward improving health in Pakistan through health system strengthening. The project works closely with the Planning Commission of Pakistan, the Ministry of Health (MOH), Provincial and Regional Departments of Health and Population, UNFPA, and nongovernmental organizations to ensure contraceptive commodity security at each level of the health supply chain.

The project provides extensive technical support to the GOP in the areas of contraceptive forecasting, procurement planning, warehouse management, supply chain strengthening, and automation of warehouse and logistics management information systems (LMIS). These efforts are strategically coordinated and implemented with the MOH to meet the objective of contraceptive commodity availability, with an eye toward sustainability by building capacity within the GOP. These interventions play a critical role in ultimately increasing the availability of family planning options, which directly correlates to improved reproductive and maternal and child health in Pakistan.

The project has introduced modern technology in supply chain management, such as barcoding, automated inventory control system at the Central Warehouse, web-based (LMIS) linked to procurement planning and forecasting, and automation of procurement activities. The Central Warehouse, which is located in Karachi and serves as the main warehouse for the Population and Social Development Section of the Planning Commission, Provincial and Regional Departments of Health and Population, and MOH, has been extended and equipped to handle an increased volume of commodities. The key personnel responsible for logistics have been trained in the redesigned LMIS. These improvements have led to the recognition of the Central Warehouse as a state-of-the-art supply and distribution facility, with its recent award of ISO certification 9001:2008 (QMS).

The concept of sustainability and capacity building is central to planning, designing, and implementing all interventions. The project is currently concentrating on improving commodity availability and data visibility down to the last mile. The addition of district-level health offices into the project’s distribution of health commodities is successfully under way. In addition, the project is supporting improved forecasting and procurement planning through interventions to improve data visibility, such as the provision of equipment and training of MOH staff in all 143 districts, which will allow them to provide real time data into the web-based LMIS, as well as designing geographic information system tools that can be used to convey stock status and other key data to stakeholders.

Pakistan Highlights

Government of Pakistan Committed to Improving Immunization Coverage
In a ceremony on January 12, 2016, the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT donated 350 sets of IT equipment to the Sindh Health Department for strengthening EPI data reporting through the web-based Vaccine Logistics Management Information System (VLMIS). (January 15, 2016)

New Selection Guide Explains How to Get Started with an Electronic Logistics Management Information System
In the new eLMIS Selection Guide, you will find information about what it takes to be eLMIS ready, including profiles of three eLMIS applications developed by the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT. (October 28, 2015)

Saving and Improving Lives through Increased Access to Contraceptives: Updated Impact Briefs Highlight Progress in Providing Access to Contraceptives
Around the world, millions of women lack access to contraception and family planning. Getting family planning supplies, including contraceptives, into the hands of those who need them the most helps improve the health of women and families. (September 25, 2015)

USAID | DELIVER PROJECT Supports Pakistan to Reform Vaccine-Related Storage in 40 Days
With a U.S.$1.5 million donation from USAID, the project rehabilitated Pakistan's vaccine-related storage systems in collaboration with the federal EPI, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization. (April 30, 2015)

Pakistan: USAID-Donated Boat Ambulances Help Save Lives in Gilgit-Baltistan
To help the residents at Lake Attabad, the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan, procured two high-speed boat ambulances to reduce delays in antenatal, natal, and postnatal medical care for women, and for emergency evacuation for the community in general. (February 23, 2015)

USAID Donates Ambulance Boats to Pakistan
In the area near Pakistan’s Lake Attabad, residents can now get to hospital faster with the help of two high speed, state-of-the-art ambulance boats. The boats were donated to the Government of Pakistan by USAID and will be used by patients and mothers needing urgent transportation to medical facilities for critical treatments. Click on the title above to learn more. (August 21, 2014)

Contraceptive Prevalence Rate Increases in Pakistan and Government Funding Supports Sustainability of the Supply Chain
The project advances commodity security in Pakistan. Click on the title to learn more. (August 18, 2014)

Supply Chain Improvements Help the Fight Against Tuberculosis
In honor of World TB Day, JSI's blog The Pump features an article about how assistance from the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT is helping Pakistan fight tuberculosis (TB). (March 26, 2014)

Pakistan’s Minister of Health Thanks USAID for its Health Commodity and Supply Chain Component Assistance
On December 21, 2013, Pakistan’s Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar, visited the country’s national Central Warehouse & Supplies in Karachi with the Director General, and the Central Health Establishment staff. Minister Tarar thanked the U.S. Agency for International Development and the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT for investing in and providing technical assistance to the country’s family planning and vaccine supply chain systems. (January 02, 2014)

Pakistan: Internships Build Capacity in Logistics for Health Supplies
As part of a the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT's support for health logistics in Pakistan, a new internship program adds diversity to the capacity building efforts. Click on the title above to learn more. (August 27, 2013)


Improvements in Pakistan's Health Logistics Management Information System Noted by the Press
The USAID | DELIVER PROJECT is expanding its web-based Logistics Management Information System (LMIS) across Pakistan. Click on the title above to learn more (May 09, 2013)

New Publication Summarizes the Importance of Pre-Service Training
is an activity summary that highlights the project’s current work to integrate pre-service training activities in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Zambia. Partnering with local academic institutions, the project is empowering students in these countries to manage their local supply chains more effectively. (May 08, 2013)

New Supply Chain Management Course Offers Path to Sustainability
In Pakistan, the first certificate course on supply chain management has broken new ground in improving the health of that country’s population. This three credit course marks the beginning of an era where logistics capacity for critical health programs is developed and sustained within Pakistan’s own public institutions. (May 02, 2013)

Quantification Seminar Builds Local Government Capacity to Bolster Health Commodity Security
Pakistan’s family planning commodity requirements from now until June 2015 total U.S.$104 million, which, if filled, will avert thousands of maternal deaths and millions of unintended pregnancies. Click on the link above to learn more. (February 05, 2013)

Pakistan Improves Access to Health Supplies by Strengthening Supply Chain
Several new publications, including a one-page infographic, explore Pakistan's supply chain improvements and highlight the success in increasing access to health supplies. Click on the link above to learn more. (January 17, 2013)

USAID Mission Director Inaugurates Improved Central Warehouse in Pakistan
On March 28, 2012, Pakistan dedicated a new and improved Central Warehouse (CWH). The USAID | DELIVER PROJECT made significant contributions to the upgrade of the CWH, which was dedicated by Dr. Andrew B. Sisson, Mission Director for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Pakistan and Dr. Shafqat Jawaid, Director General, Population Program Wing (PPW) of the Planning and Development Division of the Government of Pakistan. Click the link above to read the full article. (May 03, 2012)

Pakistan Prime Minister Commemorates World Population Day with Launch of Pakistan’s First Logistics Management Information System
The LMIS was developed as part of USAID Pakistan technical support to the Government of Pakistan through the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT. Click the link above to learn more! (July 13, 2011)

USAID | DELIVER PROJECT Opens Pakistan Field Office
The newly opened office has already begun closely coordinated activities with the Ministries of Population Welfare and Health. To read more, please click the link above. (December 17, 2009)

Impact Brief
Impact Brief: Pakistan. Saving and Improving Lives through Increased Access to Contraceptives
Get the facts on improving access to modern methods of contraception, and USAID's contraceptive commodity support in Pakistan. 
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Improving Lives through Family Planning
Pakistan Contraceptives Infographic
What Can Pakistan Do with Enough Contraceptives to Serve 11 Million People? This infographic illustrates the positive impact of USAID-funded contraceptives in Pakistan.
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