PESHAWAR, 13 June: The United Stated agency for international development, USAID has announced to spend Rs 3 billion in health sector of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata including construction of a Burn Center in Peshawar.

A conference was also held in this regard at the Chief Minister House in Peshawar, and was participated by USAID Deputy Mission Director Kevin Brownawell and Chief Minister Pervez Khattak beside health department officials and US agency members.

These initiatives, worth well over PKR 3.0 billion, include the reconstruction of the Burns, Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery Center in Peshawar as well as a new project to improve maternal and child health across seven districts of KP and six FATA agencies.

Speaking on the occasion, Kavin Brownawell said that the project was aimed to help the government in improving health standards of people in KP and Fata. USAID has a long history of development assistance to Pakistan and the FATA/KP region program is a cornerstone of USAID development portfolio in the country, said Mr. Brownawell.

We are proud of our strong relationship and the results it has achieved over the years. Our development assistance is helping the KP government promote long-term, sustainable development in the province.

“Our government gives great importance to collaboration with the United States to promote health initiatives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said. Working together we can improve quality and access to health services, which is one of today critical requirements.”We look forward to carrying out both these projects with our Pakistani government partners and the community to save lives and improve the health of Pakistani families,” said U.S. Consul General Raymond McGrath.

The 120-bed Burns Center will include a Reconstructive Surgery Unit and will provide state-of the-art services locally to the patients who currently require emergency travel to the closest facility in Kahrian, Punjab, some 250 kilometers away. The project was suspended for almost seven years before USAID vowed to support it.

USAID KP-FATA Health Initiative will train lady health workers and unity midwives, provide support to existing public health institutions to improve services and also support health outreach to far flung areas through mobile health units.