France-Germany, boosting healthcare in FATA
Islamabad, 12 July 2011 - Additional Funding for the Health Component of FDP / Governor: “It addresses a core problem”
Marking the special relationship between Pakistan, France and Germany, and underlining the attention that France and Germany attach to the development of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), a new financing agreement between the “Agence Française de Développement” (AFD) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) was officially signed at the Governor’s House to provide additional funds for the Health Component of the FATA Development Programme (FDP). Thereby, the contributions of France and Germany to the FDP, which is implemented by GIZ, reach 11. 5 million Euros.
As the Governor of KPK, Barrister Syed Masood Kausar, received the French and German Ambassadors to Pakistan, Daniel Jouanneau and Dr. Michael Koch, representatives from partner organizations and stakeholders in Peshawar, he pointed out that presently “capacities and institutional framework for services provided by the government in health, education and livelihood are unsatisfactory: The FDP addresses core problems in the tribal areas.”
With the additional resources from the French Government, the Directorate Health Services (DHS) of the FATA Secretariat will implement the Quality Improvement Initiative which aims at enhancing the clinical and managerial skills of health care providers and health managers, ensuring availability of essential equipment and improving physical infrastructure in health facilities in the FATA.
At the ceremony, the Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Fazal Karim Khattak, highlighted the urgent need to provide qualified healthcare professionals and to offer quality healthcare to the people in the FATA. “We are already promoting this in cooperation with the German Government, particularly in the fields of health and energy, and are thankful for the additional support from the French Government through AFD,” Khattak said.
On the occasion, the French Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. Jouanneau, said that the agreement “makes a strong impact in significantly improving the health system in the FATA and the well-being of the local communities.” The German Ambassador, Dr. Koch, highlighted the importance of accountable local governance structures which can ensure the service delivery to the people of the FATA. “The equal provision of social services including health care is essential to further consolidate people’s trust in the Government institutions and to respond to the needs of the population”.
According to Mr. Nicolas Fornage and Mr. Thomas Schaef, representatives of AFD and GIZ in Pakistan, this co-financing agreement between the two organisations is the first of its kind in Asia. The successful cooperation of the German Government funded programme with the FATA Secretariat gives AFD “the opportunity to increase the impact” by supporting the Health Component of the FDP with additional funding. It also allows France to reach 73% of its commitments under the FODP “Tokyo Pledge” of April 2009: 300 Million Euros of Official Development Aid for Pakistan.
The FDP aims at laying the foundation for sustainable development in the FATA by strengthening the service delivery capacities of the relevant government agencies. Within FDP, which also includes an education and livelihood component, the Health Component seeks to strengthen the health system in the FATA, in particular health management and health workforce.
There are currently more than 7,000 healthcare providers (among them 1,300 women) employed in the public sector of the FATA to provide services to the almost 4 million inhabitants. Staff of higher qualification (doctors and nurse-midwives) is part of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) health work force whereas the so-called paramedic staff (medical technicians and Lady Health Visitors among others) is directly employed by the FATA health administration.