Frequently Asked Questions
About the Agency
The PPHA’s mandate enables it to have an implementation arm. It is more than just a nerve centre for health policy, but will also take action when and where required.
The agency’s headquarters is in Lahore. Please Visit
Currently, the disease surveillance system in Punjab is fragmented. Data is being collected in many places and there is a lack of coordination between the agencies housing this data. This lack of coordination leaves little room for the analysis of data and evidence-based policy decisions. The PPHA aims to bridge the gap between existing surveillance mechanisms and allowing for research and analysis of data to produce evidence-based policy decisions.
The PPHA falls under the mandate of the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department. However, due to the multi-sectoral nature of the agency, other departments such as Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education and Planning and Development departments are major stakeholders. PPHA is also being supported by international agencies such as Public Health England and the Turkish Ministry of Health.
Key stakeholders of PPHA include;
Primary & Secondary Healthcare Department
Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department
Planning & Development Department
The PPHA does endorse partnerships with local agencies for health promotion and communication strategies.
If there is a potential health hazard in your area, please contact our office.
You may call or visit our office.
Legislation supporting the PPHA is currently under review by the concerned departments and it will soon be sent to Provincial Cabinet for approval.
Yes, it does. Punjab Health Sector Plan can be found on http://www.pndpunjab.gov.pk/system/files/Punjab_Health_Sector_Plan_2018_0.pdf
Punjab’s Health Profile can be found on http://health.punjab.gov.pk/Punjab_Health_Profile Punjab Health Survey 2016 can be found on https://punjab.gov.pk/system/files/Punjab_Health_Survey_Round-1_2016.pdf Pakistan’s Health indicators can be found on http://www.who.int/countries/pak/en/
Public Health Functions
Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) is to strengthen the overall national system for the surveillance of diseases, particularly at district level and aims to ensure a continuous and timely provision and use of information for public health decision-making
Those aspects of human health, including quality of life, that are determined by physical, biological, social, and psychosocial factors in the environment. It also refers to the theory and practice of assessing, correcting, controlling, and preventing those factors in the environment that can potentially affect adversely the health of present and future generations - (World Health Organization)
Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) include cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory conditions, as well as mental health problems and injuries.
Careers in Public Health
Public health is the perfect field for people who are interested in both science and in helping others. People with careers in public health specialize in serving the public by keeping communities healthy. With disease epidemics becoming an even greater concern across the world, public health professionals have a wide variety of fields and jobs to choose from.
• Institute of Public Health
• University of Health Sciences
• King Edward Medical University
• Punjab University
• University of Lahore
• Armed Forces Post-Graduate Medical Institute
• Field Epidemiology Laboratory Training Program