In Pakistan, access to and availability of health services is low, particularly among poor and rural populations. Approximately 81 percent of the population in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa lives in rural areas, which poses specific challenges for accessing health services. Increasingly, the private sector plays a critical role in ensuring access to key child health services.

Maternal mortality, neonatal mortality, and under-five mortality rates remain high, particularly among rural populations. In this challenging context, the private sector plays a critical role in ensuring access to key child health services. While less than half of women deliver in a health facility, among those women who do, 70 percent nationally and 60 percent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa choose a private facility. The private sector is also the dominant source of sick child care in Pakistan. National data show that 51 percent of children with diarrhea and 60 percent with symptoms of acute respiratory infection are taken to a private clinic for advice or treatment. 

In Pakistan, SHOPS Plus contributed to the scale up of chlorhexidine for newborn cord care in the private sector.

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    Contributed to Chlorhexidine scale-up efforts in the private sector

    SHOPS Plus engaged key stakeholders to conduct a landscape analysis of chlorhexidine in Pakistan’s health system. The landscape culminated in a report of key findings and a proposed strategy for scaling up distribution and promotion of chlorhexidine for newborn cord care in the private health sector. Pharmaceutical Partnerships

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    Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) Plus is a five-year cooperative agreement (AID-OAA-A-15-00067) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This website is made possible by the generous support of the American people through USAID. The information provided on this website is not official U.S. government information and does not represent the views or positions of USAID or the U.S. government.

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