PPHI Sindh disseminates results of PSBI evaluation study

PPHI Sindh in collaboration with Agha Khan University and World Health Organisation (WHO) organised a dissemination workshop for PSBI Evaluation Study to share findings, challenges and to discuss policy actions to increase a newborn's chance of survival in Pakistan and in developing countries on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at AVARI Towers, Karachi.

PPHI Sindh, in collaboration with AKU, successfully implemented the management of infants with PSBI in ten Basic Health Units (BHUs) of district Thatta during 2016-2017. This study was funded by WHO.

PPHI Sindh scaled up the management of PSBI at 303 basic health facilities in Sindh. AKU conducted an evaluation of this scale-up to identify bottle necks encountered during the implementation of PSBI guidelines at the facility level. In addition, knowledge and skills of health care providers, quality of care, antibiotic administration and the facility's capacity to manage PSBI were assessed during the evaluation study.

Dr. Saeed Ahmed Qureshi, Member Board of Directors PPHI and Vice Chancellor Dow University of Health Sciences, was the Chief Guest of the workshop.

Dr. Shamim Qazi - WHO gave a detailed presentation on Management of Possible Serious Bacterial Infection (PSBI). Dr. Shabina Ariff - AKU welcomed the participants and also presented on the PSBI Study which was conducted in two districts Thatta and Sujawal.

Mr. Abdul Wahab Soomro - CEO PPHI Sindh presented the results of the study at the workshop. In his speech the Chief Guest, Dr. Qureshi commended the efforts done by AKU and PPHI Sindh in improving health indicators in Sindh. He also appreciated WHO involvement in the study. Dr. Qureshi highlighted that such small initiatives add to bigger achievements in health sector. He applauded PPHI Sindh's role in the study and how far the organization has come.

Mr. Ghulam Ali Soomro, COO PPHI Sindh delivered a thank you note in which he thanked WHO and AKU's teams for selecting PPHI Sindh's health facilities and applauded his team members.

Representatives from government, national and international NGOs and other stakeholders along with research wing and other departments of PPHI Sindh also attended the workshop.

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