Areas of support:

  • Health policy and system development
  • Communicable disease control
  • Improving the
    health of women and children

Health policy and system development: The WHO strategy is to improve the development of health policy, planning, regulation and financing, leading to more equitable, responsive and fair financing of a decentralized health system. WHO works to improve governance through enhanced capacity in policy analysis and development as well as strategic planning, legislative and regulatory support.

Human resources are a priority, with support provided to Human Resources for Health (HRH) policy and strategies and training health managers. Information management through strengthening the Health Management Information System (HMIS) provides a foundation for appropriate policy development. WHO also contributes supporting capacity in the development of appropriate technology, e.g. vaccine development.

 Communicable disease control: Supporting the improvement of surveillance, early warning and health laboratories for quality control and surveillance, as well as capacity building for communicable diseases is a critical part of WHO work. Polio eradication and Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance are the highest priority for WHO. There are also a number of other communicable diseases which form the body of work for WHO in Pakistan.

 Improving the health of women and children: WHO supports efforts to promote and assist in safe motherhood, and making pregnancy safer through family planning, child spacing, prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections. At the technical level, this includes strengthening the nutritional programme and provision of emergency obstetric care. The training of maternal health personal remains a priority. At the district level, WHO supports the referral system as part of the district essential health services package. Technical support to the expansion of the Child Survival programme is also provided.

Dr. Mohammad Assai Ardakani – WHO Country Head

Dr. Mohammad Assai Ardakani - WHODr Mohammad Assai Ardakani began his career in 1982 as Medical Officer Primary Health Care in the Islamic Republic of Iran, where he posted several managerial positions at the district, provincial and national level. Before joining WHO, his last position was Director General Primary Health Care Network System in the Ministry of Health and Medical Education in I.R of Iran.

Since May 2000 he has served as Medical Officer for Primary Health Care in the WHO country office Pakistan where he gained a lot of experiences on integration of priority programmes in the Primary Health Care and also contributed a lot in a very successful programme entitled Basic Development Needs.

Dr Assai worked in the Regional Office as Regional Adviser for Community Based Initiatives from 2004 to 2012 with his tremendous contribution to the community organization and mobilization for health and social development in addition he coordinated WHO/EMRO inputs to MDGs and Social Determinants of Health. By restructuring WHO in 2012 he assigned as Regional Adviser for Primary and Community Health Care followed by his promotion in 2013 as Coordinator Integrated Service Delivery with focus on primary health care, hospital management, quality and safety and emergency care services.

He is author of many papers and also co-author of a Global WONCA book on “the contribution of family medicine to improving health system” and had substantial inputs to service delivery and also to the Healthy City Network Initiative in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

Dr Assai holds a Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery from Dow Medical College, Karachi as well as Master of Public Health from Dundee University of Scotland.