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Consulting leading Public Health Professionals for the design of PPHA
Forum convened by Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department to seek input from cross-sectoral leaders

The Project Management Unit (PMU) for the establishment of Punjab Public Health Agency (PPHA) started operating in Nov 2016. It has been working closely with the departments of health and senior health


officials for undertaking a rapid situational analysis and designing of the PPHA against its defined functions. As the PMU was finalizing the concept design, a need was felt to integrate valuable inputs of relevant stakeholders into the policy and design framework. The Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, Government of Punjab therefore organized a policy dialogue with senior stakeholders on April 26, 2017 at the Royal Palm Gold and Country Club, Lahore. The objective was to introduce PPHA’s envisioned scope, mandate and functions, reflect on the framework developed and build consensus on the way forward. The dialogue was attended by over 80 senior public health officials from both public and private sectors. The feedback received during the dialogue has since been incorporated into the design and functions of PPHA.

Designing Early Warning and Response System for Punjab
Working with Turkish Public Health Institute

A delegation from Punjab attended a five-day workshop (24-28 July 2017) with a team from Turkiye Halk Sagligi Kurumu (Turkish Public Health Institute – TPHI) on Early Warning Response Systems (EWRS) in Ankara, Turkey. The purpose of the visit was to use Turkish


expertise to develop an EWRS in Punjab. The delegation consisted of the key technical team of PMU-PPHA and representatives from WHO and PITB. Four working groups were constituted, each focusing on one of the following key subject areas: the development of an EWRS set up; the monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of such a system; the Information Technology (IT) components that need to be in place to underpin system functioning; and finally, the human resource and capacity building requirements to ensure the smooth functioning of surveillance and response mechanisms. At the end of five days, each of the four Working Groups from the Punjab delegation shared presentations, final reports, and work plans to demonstrate what each technical group had achieved in their time in Ankara, and what could be done to set up an EWRS structure in Punjab.

Environmental Health Day Celebrations- Saving Earth Today
There is no Planet B!

Project Management Unit-Punjab Public Health Agency (PMU-PPHA), Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, Government of the Punjab, organized a landmark event titled ‘Punjab Provincial Environmental Health Day 2017’ with participation of all the important


stakeholders, in collaboration with UNICEF on the occasion of World Environmental Health Day, 26th of September, 2017. Honourable Ministers from both Environment Protection Department and Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, environmental health experts, development professionals, and technical experts from UN agencies and other leading national and international organizations actively attended and participated in the event. The celebrations were followed by a meeting of the technical working group in order to solidify long-term action plans for various policies including Punjab Environmental Health Strategy, Punjab Drinking Water Policy, Punjab Provincial Arsenic Mitigation Plan and other associated agendas. The event provided an opportunity to foster the networking among the environment and health practitioners and the sharing of knowledge on “One-Health Triad” in the context of improved policy making, governance, accountability, and effective development delivery and results.

PPHA approved as Member of International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI)
82 Unanimous votes in favour! 93 countries in attendance!

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