Lack of health facilities 

Out of 100 million people living in South Punjab, which      comprises of Multan, Bahawalpur, D G Khan division Bhakkar, and Mian Wali districts. There is a lack of health facilities in these areas. Despite various initiatives taken by the government, the state of public health is in very poor condition mainly due to shortage of trained staff, non-availability of ‘specialised medicines’, non-functioning of medical equipment and lacking awareness among people about various diseases.Unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation are root causes of spread of various diseases including diarrhea, malaria, urinary tract infection, asthma, TB, scabies, joint pains, skin and eye infections and other somatic problems

NDWP  recognizes the central role of primary health care for achieving health and well-being for all, at all ages.  NDWP works with communities  to:

Identify priority areas for improving health and context-specific approaches which draw on the technical expertise across the NDWP.

Support communities  to develop inclusive policies, in their area’s  leadership and health systems based on primary health care which promote health equity and works towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and universal health coverage.

NDWP works in partnership with governments, civil society, the private sector and other UN organizations to support country for the achievement of universal health coverage, including access to safe and affordable medicines, diagnostic and vaccines.

Health emergencies such as COVID-19 pose a global risk and have shown the critical need for preparedness. The National Development Welfare  Programme highlighted huge disparities in targeted areas abilities  to cope with and recover from the COVID-19 crisis.