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Health Losers

The health picture of Pakistan is grim and grave to every thinking Pakistani. Out of 190 nations, Pakistan stands at 122 as far as health related problems are concerned according to a World Health Organization performance report. A nation comprising 200 million is mired in different kinds of health problems due to different reasons. Due to health problems the country has suffered a lot. The total expenditure on health per capita (intl $, 2014) is 129, which is only 2.6% of GDP (2014). Infant and mothers death at delivery time is the worst in Pakistan as compared to the any other country of the world. Life expectancy which is the lowest in comparison to south Asian countries which is 66 years (Male 65, female 67), The proportion of population which has access to improved drinking water and sanitation is 91% (2015) and 64% respectively. The health indicators do not present a good sign for the future of Pakistan which is directly related to the health of its citizens. Health profile of Pakistan is directly affected by high population growth. Every year a heavy amount is allocated for this sector. However, despite a significant investment in health sector over the year, the rate of progress is lower than most other countries. The disease pattern is heavily dominated by malnutrition and poor dietary practices. SDGs is a national commitment to improve health outcomes. The federal and provincial/area governments all developing, implementing and monitoring health sector strategic framework to achieve health related SDGs. Health spending is slow but persistently rising. The country is spending 0.5 to 0.8 percent of its GDP on health over the last 10 years. These percentages are less than the WHO bench mark of at least 6 percent of GDP required to provide basic and life saving services. During 2015-16, total expenditure increased by 13 percent over. To achieve universal health coverage, a National Health Program has been launched under the guidance of the Prime Minister by Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (MoNHSRC).