Directorate of Health
The Directorate of Health has been striving to promote a healthy society through a network of facilities and services. It is headed by a director, who manages the health services through his representatives in each agency. The directorate plans, executes, operates and maintains agency/tehsil headquarters hospitals, rural health centers, basic health units, dispensaries, clinics and health centers. The Health Directorate has a major responsibility in providing basic health services to people, preventing the spreading of diseases, ensuring a healthy and safe environment, providing health products, promoting healthy eating habits and safe food, ensuring safety and security in maternal and child health and encouraging community participation in health services.
Strengths and Opportunities in the Sector
- The community is already organized under tribal and clan affiliations and a regular system exists for accessing the community.
- The forum of the jirga facilitates the sharing of ideas and solving problems.
- The area has relatively clean environment and is free from pollution. There are strong social support mechanisms already in place (clan loyalty).
There is a growing awareness of health care and is strongly highlighted in public gatherings.
- Focus on human resources in the area and provide opportunities for development of local human resources. This will be done through establishing paramedical schools and medical colleges in FATA.
- Another important element of this strategy is empowering the community to take actions for improving health. This is to be achieved by imparting knowledge to individuals, households, and communities.
- A vital link in service availability is the information base. If requisite information is not available, planning and resource allocation cannot be done. The Health Management Information System will not only provide inputs in the policy formulation processes but also assist in monitoring and evaluation of ongoing programs and projects.
- Effective institutions are required to steer interventions. The capacity to implement is based on the necessary technical skills and support available at these institutions.
- An important concept in this strategy is public private partnerships in health sector.
- Economic uplift of the population is also important for overall health situation in FATA.