Partnership between BISP and Shifa Foundation for the Health and Nutrition of Beneficiaries – December 28, 2017

Government of Pakistan

Benazir Income Support Programme

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Press Release

December 28, 2017

PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN BISP AND SHIFA FOUNDATION FOR THE HEALTH AND NUTRITION OF BENEFICIARIES

Islamabad (      ): A team of Shifa Foundation led by Dr. Habib ur Rehman, Chairman Shifa International Hospital Islamabad called on Secretary BISP, Mr. Omar Hamid Khan and other senior officials of BISP today at BISP Secretariat. Other members of the Shifa Foundation team included Mr. Faraz Hassan Executive Director, Mr. Tariq Khan Lead Partnership Development and Dr. Khadeeja Azhar Public Health Specialist.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss avenues of cooperation and develop partnership between BISP and Shifa Foundation for the health and nutrition aspect of BISP beneficiaries.

In his opening remarks, Secretary BISP stated that BISP, besides strengthening its existing initiatives, welcomes coordination and partnerships with other organizations for the welfare of its beneficiaries. The partnership with Shifa Foundation will help BISP to improve the health prospects of the beneficiaries related to both health and nutrition.

Shifa Foundation team gave a briefing on their ongoing projects like screening camps under corporate social responsibility in different parts of the country especially the remote areas including Balochistan, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan. They apprised that Shifa Foundation being a large organization requires a huge human resource in the form of technicians, nurses and paramedical staff and family members of BISP beneficiaries may become a part of Shifa Foundation after getting necessary training.

It was discussed, during the meeting that family members of beneficiaries may graduate out of poverty if they are trained to become employees of Shifa Foundation. Moreover, through provision of data of beneficiaries to Shifa Foundation, special programs pertaining to mother and child care, vaccination, stunting and nutrition may be designed.

The two sides agreed to coordinate further and synergize their efforts for the health and nutrition of beneficiaries. Secretary BISP appreciated the contribution of Shifa Foundation under corporate social responsibility and reiterated that the both sides must ensure to take concrete steps in the next interaction of teams. He thanked Dr. Habibur Rehman for undertaking the partnership venture to add quality to the lives of BISP beneficiaries.

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