Special Committee on Millennium Development Goals (MDGS)
Wednesday, 2nd May, 2012
Islamabad, the 2nd May, 2012: The 4th meeting of the Special Committee on Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) was held today at 2:30 p.m. in Constitution Room, Second Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali, MNA to discuss the following agenda:-
Presentation will be given by the Secretary & Member (Social Sector) Planning Commission;
i) Reduce child Mortality
ii) Improve maternal health
iii) Combat HIV/AID Malaria & other diseases.
Any other itmes with the permission of the Chair.
The Member Social Sector Planning Commission informed the Committee that in Goal: 4 of the “Reduce Child Mortality” indicator, Infant Mortality rate in 2010-11, Pakistan has 63.3% which was very low in terms of meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets. The Secretary, Planning Commission informed the Committee that we only compile the reports of MDGs collecting data from different surveys done by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). After approval of 18th amendment most of the subjects of these Goals relating to health issues have been sent to the Provinces. Lots of problems are faced in collecting the information on health targets because on Federal level health related department has been divided in to different Divisions after approval of 18th amendment. There is a need of strong co-ordination with provinces along with Finance Division.
The Committee had a concern about collection of data for the indicators of the MDGs through different surveys and asked the Ministry to establish a proper mechanism to collect the data from urban and rural areas with understanding of the Provinces. The Committee said there should be a proper registration on every death or birth, for the betterment in the procedure of data collection. The Chairperson asked that in next meeting representative from Provinces and Ministry of Finance should also come.
Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Dr. Zil-e-Huma, Ms Saira Afzal Tarar, Mr. Hamayun Saifullah Khan, and Dr. Attiya Inayatullah MNAs were attended the meeting.