Saira Afzal Tarar

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Federal Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Saira Afzal Tarar

Saira Afzal Tarar is the Federal Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Co-ordination in the Federal Government of Pakistan. Leading the health sector since taking office as Minister in 2013, she has introduced reforms in the area of drug regulation to ensure provision of quality and affordable drugs to the people. She has also played a key role in the introduction of the Prime Minister’s National Health Program, Pakistan’s National Health Insurance scheme. She has overseen the strengthening and improving of the efficiency of priority health programmes including the National TB Control Programme, Expanded Program on Immunization, National AIDS Control Programme and Malaria Control Program. She pioneered the introduction of Pakistan’s first ever Drug Pricing Policy, major reforms in Pakistan’s Medical and Dental Council, the launch of the National Health Vision and Ten Point Mother and Child Health Plan of Action in line with health-related Sustainable Development Goals.

Twice elected to the National Assembly, 2008-2013 and 2013-2018, Minister Tarar has played an important role in introducing education reforms in the Punjab Province which is recognised as an important landmark setting an example in the provision of quality education and enhancing enrolment in Pakistan’s largest province.

Minister Tarar was the Chairperson of the Chief Minister’s Task Forces on Education and of the Teacher’s Training and a member of the Board of Directors of the Punjab Education Foundation. She has championed causes of women’s empowerment, mother and child health and girls’ education at global forums contributing to policy formulation and the introduction of reform in these critical areas.


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