“Sehat Sahulat Program”: A Leap into the Universal Health Coverage in Pakistan

Syed Shahzad Hasan, Zia Ul Mustafa, Chia Siang Kow, Hamid A. Merchant

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Universal Health Coverage (UHC), initiative from the World Health Organization (WHO), is a means to provide the human right to health by providing essential health services to everyone, enabling disease prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care. In line with the WHO recommendations, the UHC was first introduced in Pakistan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province under the name ‘Sehat Sahulat Programme’ (SSP), literally ‘Health Facility Program’ in 2015. The provincial Government in Punjab approved a similar initiative in Punjab, the largest province (by population) of the country, and the program was later rolled out in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), Azad and Jammu Kashmir (AJK), Gilgit Baltistan (GB), Sindh, and Baluchistan provinces leaping into the nation-wide coverage. This article provides a current overview of the UHC initiative in Pakistan, analyses its progress in appraising key milestones, and makes recommendations to achieve a robust universal health coverage across Pakistan.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6998
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2022


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