NUR Center for Research and Policy (NCRP) recently concluded a series of eight consultative dialogues with over 200 stakeholders from health and cross-cutting sectors, both public and private. These dialogues aim to highlight key health gaps and prioritize health agendas. The purpose of these dialogues was to develop a consensus on health policy imperatives for Punjab. The philosophy is to provide professional support and evidence-driven recommendations to parliamentarians and political party representatives for policy formulation and planning; helping them in understanding the issues of health policy making in Pakistan and familiarising them with important gaps in the health care delivery system of the country. Nearly all the stakeholders agreed with and emphasized upon the health human resource crisis that Pakistan is facing and that efforts need to be made to address this immediately. The participants particularly resonated with the consultative and evidence-based approach to policy making and establishing a system for health policy-making. On health human resource crises, Mrs. Shahima Rehman, Founder/President NUR Foundation said “It is imperative to develop our own resources. If we do have international consultants coming in, they should be developing our local resources for national benefit.” Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qureshi, Chairperson, Board Of Governors- NUR International University said “The role of apolitical change agents needs to be highlighted, specifically the professionals and that role that they can play in ensuring implementation of the commitments that are made by parliamentarians to their constituencies ” Eight recommendations for health sector development were made that may be considered by political parties during the preparation of their manifestos for Elections 2018. First & foremost, to recognize the central role of health in national development and health a basic human right.; second, adopt the systems approach to health; third, establish a consultative and evidence-based approach to policy-making and establishing a system for health policy-making ; fourth, to support the establishment of evidence-generation institutions; fifth, to consider health spending as investment in human capital development for overall national development; sixth, to address health human resource crisis, seventh, to institutionalize the comprehensive approach to primary health care; and eighth, to develop and implement a health sector accountability framework This is an initiative by NUR Center for Research & Policy in collaboration with the Government of Punjab and USAID – Small Grants and Ambassadors Fund Program to address the health policies and strategies to improve health outcomes in the province. The final report is intended for policy-makers and interested lobbies, and will be presented to them in a National Dissemination Seminar to be held in April 2017.

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