Indus Hospital & Health Network and Government of Sindh
Pakistan, the fifth largest country in the world (by population) has a mixed health system comprising public and private hospitals for its 225 million people. Sindh, Pakistan’s second-largest province (by population), has a total population of 47.9 million. Its capital Karachi, the most populous city in Pakistan, has a relatively high population growth rate in Pakistan, at 2.4% per year, driven mainly by the constant influx of poor rural migrants. Although the wealthy households living in urban areas have sufficient access, the urban poor, living in slums coupled with insufficient infrastructure and social services, end up being exposed to health problems more than the general population.
Achieving sustainable improvements in healthcare has proved to be a challenging goal to accomplish for governments, as health and other social indicators remain low.
The health sector in Pakistan has been a later entrant into the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arena. PPPs are supported by larger legal frameworks, institutional frameworks, and sustained political championing. The accountability and monitoring capacity is limited and can lead to under-performance or liabilities.
IHHN & Government of Sindh Public-Private Partnership
The Indus Hospital & Health Network (IHHN) has been working with all four provincial governments in Pakistan to help serve the populace and provide universal healthcare for all. With the assistance and funding provided through the Public-Private Partnerships, IHHN has expanded its network throughout Pakistan and has made significant steps towards achieving its goal of providing quality, free-of-cost healthcare to all Pakistani citizens.
Government of Sindh
The Government of Sindh (GoS) has a special focus on the betterment of citizen’s lives, especially of their healthcare. In order to materialize its vision of health for all, the Government has started supporting Indus by donating a generous amount of PKR 2 billion per annum. The donation was amplified by a grant for the grey structure of the new Indus Hospital. Appreciatively, the grant has helped Indus in completing the building much before its estimated time and the management of IHHN is grateful to the Honorable Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Minister for Health, Sindh, Azra Fazal Pechuho, and Secretary Health, Syed Kazim Hussain Jatoi for their support.
The Sindh Government’s initiative to contract out government health facilities to private partners is based on the intent for quality and cost-efficient services. They have displayed a high level of commitment toward improving the performance of the health sector and the health indicators of the province. The Finance Department of the Sindh Government has implemented a large-scale PPP initiative with the IHHN.
Health PPPs are organized under the oversight and accountability structures of a broader PPP initiative. A high-level PPP Policy Board, headed by the Chief Minister of Sindh, was created to formulate PPP policy in the province.
Syed Murad Ali Shah
Chief Minister of Sindh
Azra Fazal Pechuho
Provincial Minister for Health, Sindh
Dr. Kazim Hussain Jatoi
Secretary Health, Sindh
In February 2021, IHHN established a dedicated Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (PHO) Clinic at the DHQ Badin to treat childhood cancer patients.
Badin is one of the areas where the Government of Sindh and IHHN are closely working together. The collaboration started with the handing over of the District Headquarter Hospital, Badin to the Indus Hospital in 2015. In 2017 the hospital had a capacity of 190 beds, while after scaling up the services the hospital’s capacity increased to 348 beds. The collaboration between the two entities has helped the people of Badin and adjoining areas immensely.
After seeing the improved health indicators of Badin, GoS and IHHN decided to take a step further by establishing the Physical Rehabilitation Center to help physically-challenged people.
In July 2019, the Government of Sindh commissioned the Regional Blood Center (RBC) at Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro, with six associated hospital-based blood banks to The Indus Hospital & Health Network. Three out of six blood banks have been functional in Jamshoro, Hyderabad, and Badin, with a fourth in Thatta recently joining the Indus Hospital and Health Network.
The Government of Sindh has played a revolutionary role in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. It took prompt measures to control the menace by locking down the city, establishing new healthcare facilities, and upgrading the existing ones with the support of the Indus Hospital & Health Network.
The honorable CM sought IHHN’s expert advice by including Dr. Abdul Bari Khan in his Special Task Force. With their combined efforts, the IHHN was successful in implementing the following measures:
Indus Hospital & Health Network helped the Government of Sindh in setting up a 100-bed Quarantine Center in Dumba Goth. as well as a 120-bed COVID-19 Hospital in Gadap Town, and a 20-bed COVID-19 Unit in Badin.
IHHN was a major testing center for samples collected at government-run hospitals. It received samples from districts Thatta, Badin, South Karachi, West Karachi, Korangi, and Central Karachi. Indus is also helped in establishing the Expo center HDU.
Midwives play a vital role in providing healthcare services. Not only are they the first point of contact
The Indus Hospital and Health Network (IHHN) has established a dedicated Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (PHO) Clinic at
Karachi Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Minister, Sindh addressed a press conference about Corona Virus. Dr. Abdul Bari Khan,
Government of Sindh under the public-private partnership mandate commissioned the Regional Blood Center (RBC) at Liaquat University of
"The Indus Hospital has a special place in my heart for its valuable contribution to the healthcare system