Designed originally to improve and monitor primary health care system, PMU Punjab Health Sector Reforms Program (PHSRP) started in 2006. It was obliged to undertake multifaceted functions including but not limited to monitoring and improvement of both primary and secondary healthcare facilities. It had been working as focal office not only for implementation of MDGs sponsored by Asian Development Bank (ADB) but also remained intimately involved in launching and coordinating other priority initiatives like Maternal Newborn and Child Health Program (MNCH), Chief Minister’s Initiative for Attainment and Realization of MDGs (CHARM), integration of MNCH, LHW and Nutrition Program under IRMNCH & Nutrition Program.
PHSRP focus was:
- Provision of Missing facilities in Primary and Secondary level health facilities
- Infrastructure (civil works at RHCs and BHUs)
- Revision and Strengthening of HR (revision of staff yardsticks)
- Improving monitoring & evaluation (development and introduction of IT based HMIS in the form of DHIS system)
- Launching of School Health & Nutrition Program (SHNS)
- Mapping of health facilities
- Creation of additional posts to improve service delivery standards
- 1 post of SHNS at each BHU
- 1 post of computer operator for each RHC and BHU
- 6 posts of Charge Nurse at each RHC
- An additional post of LHV for each RHC
- Establishment of Policy and Strategic Planning Unit as envisioned in ADB funded Punjab Millennium Development Goals Program (PMDGP) implemented through PMU of PHSRP
- Development of home grown Punjab Health Sector Strategy (PHSS 2012-2020) in the wake of 18th Constitutional Amendment
Revamping of PHSRP into PSPU
Revamping was required not only to establish a unit commensurate with existing status of health sector but also for the future requirements of the department for sustainable decision making and policy implementation. It is pertinent to mention here that it was a tranche condition of Asian Development Bank to establish a separate Policy and Strategic Planning Unit (PSPU) in Health Department.
The PSPU envisioned playing the role of PMU in system strengthening financed by World Bank, DFID and other donor and development partners. Besides, PSPU has assumed the role of think tank & coordinator for Health Department in formulation of health strategic plan and policy. In addition to all above activities, PSPU is also working as focal office for coordination and interaction with both National and International partners like DFID, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNICEF, WHO etc.