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Growing Pakistan

Pakistan, custodian of 5,000 year old “The Indus Valley Civilization”, is the land of pure. Situated in Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea, between India on the east and Iran and Afghanistan on the west and China in the north.

Although, Pakistan suffered decades of internal political disputes and low levels of foreign investment, however poverty levels decreased by 10% during 2001-07 as government steadily raised development spending. During 2004-07, GDP growth in the 5-8% range was spurred by gains in the industrial and service sectors - despite severe electricity shortfalls. Record floods in July-August 2010 lowered agricultural output & contributed to a jump in inflation, and reconstruction costs strain the limited resources of the government. But the Pakistan Economy is now recovering with stability in political & democratic systems. Literacy rate is low, but the current government is to see the literacy rate reach 85% & more in next five years. The energy, water shortage & the internal security situation, could constrain growth in 2010‐11, however, the economy could benefit from large initial productivity gains as capacity utilization begins to increase from a low base.

In Pakistan, investments in the Health sector are viewed as an integral part of the government’s poverty alleviation endeavour. An improvement in the overall health sector indicators of a country has important ramifications not just for the quality of life of its citizens, but for economic development generally, through the channels of productivity enhancement and poverty alleviation. There has been noticeable improvement in some health indicators over the years, on the whole & Government is doing to improve other segments too. Government is committed in delivering a set of basic health services for all by improving health manpower, gathering and using reliable health information to guide program effectiveness and design, and strategic use of emerging technology.

The achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is a priority area for Pakistan, especially in the health sector. Pakistan is committed to meeting these goals by 2015 by launching new policy initiatives. Through a major health intervention program and strategies, it is aimed to reduce the underfive mortality rate to 52 per 1000, infant mortality rate to 40 per 1000, and maternal mortality ratio to 140 by 2015. Whereas the proportion of 1 year‐old children immunized against measles is targeted to be increased to 85% and the proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel to 90% by 2015. In addition, plans have been formulated to combat TB, Malaria, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis, along with other communicable diseases.

Pakistan stands at the crossroads of South and Central Asia. This unique geographical position has given the country immense social and natural diversity. There exist many features, cultures and honors unique to Pakistan. Following are some of these surprises.

 
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Pakistan, custodian of 5,000 year old “The Indus Valley Civilization”, is the land of pure. Situated in Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea, between India on the east and Iran and Afghanistan on the west and China in the north.

 

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