Institute of Public Health

Tel: 0092 42 111-555-600
Tel: +021 9207100 10

7th Central Street

Defence Housing Authority
Karachi, Pakistan

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The first public health organization in Pakistan was established as the Institute of Hygiene & Preventive Medicine. Its main purpose was to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. In 1980, it was renamed the College of Community Medicine.  The name was again changed in 1995 to the Institute of Public Health.

The institute has a staff of more than 100 and is affiliated with University of Health Sciences, Lahore. The institute is in the process of transforming itself into a frontline institution, where health training and research is a top priority. The institute currently partners with UNICEF and WHO to address national public issues such as maternal health and infant mortality.

Pakistan National Institute of Health (NIH)

Tel: +92 519255117
Tel: +92 3335184911

Brig Aamer Ikram - Director

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The Pakistan Institute of Health (NIH) was established in 1965 as independently working organizations including the Bureau of Laboratories, Directorate of Nutrition Survey, and other health-related organizations came together and formed what was formerly known as the National Health Center. In 1980, NIH became an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Health through the presidential ordinance XLIII.

NIH aims to facilitate international and regional collaboration, seek technical assistance, and participate in global disease control programs. It has made developments in laboratory diagnosis, biological manufacturing, food and drug quality control, research and development, and training facilities. The institute not only focuses on disease investigation but also capacity building through human resource development.

NIH is comprised of 4 divisions and 12 departments. It serves as a WHO collaborating center for viral diagnostics. Additionally, it operates as a regional reference laboratory for polio and national reference center for influenza diagnosis.

Punjab Public Health Agency 

Tel: +0092 317 419 8466
19-B, Block G
Gulberg III, Ali Zeb Road
Lahore 54660 Pakistan 
Primary & Secondary Healthcare Department
Government of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan 
Shabnum Sarfraz – Chief Executive Officer

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C (PPHA), Government of Punjab, Pakistan was established to serve as the main source of technical and scientific expertise on public health matters. It is expected to be an enabling force for the public’s health and serve as the focal point for public health commitments, interventions, and activities, provincially, nationally and internationally.

PPHA envisions to be an institution of excellence for the advancement of public health recognized for disease prevention and control through generation and utilization of knowledge.

The Agency aims to improve and safeguard the health and well- being of the people of Punjab by suggesting feasible solutions to public health problems, advancing sound health policies, and providing operational excellence to preventive health programs.

Under the mandate bestowed by the Government of Punjab, Pakistan, Punjab Public Health Agency (PPHA) has nine core functions:

  1. To be a trusted advisor to the Ministers and the Departments of Health and the Government of Punjab on matters pertaining to public health, and to advance sound health policies.
  2. To working as effectively and efficiently as possible across the public health system to maintain due accountability and oversight and where appropriate supporting wider public health interventions.
  3. To offer technical and scientific expertise in protecting the public from infectious diseases and other public hazards
  4. To institutionalize Knowledge Management for evidence-based, inclusive and responsive policies and strategy development in the Punjab health sector
  5. To effectively plan, support development, enhance capacity and promote careers for public health workforce
  6. To promote the evidence on public health interventions, institutionalize evidence generation, build and sustain high-quality research infrastructure and analyze future demand to help shape future public health interventions
  7. To be a scientific authority on public health with in-house technological capacities for bringing excellence in preventive and promotive health programs
  8. To promote the understanding of healthy lifestyles and disease prevention practices among the people of Punjab province and enable them to live healthy and productive lives through timely communication.
  9. To serve as the provincial coordination focal point for public health by establishing and maintaining evidence and need-based mechanisms for developing linkages, collaborations, and coordination

More information about PPHA’s scope, functions and activities can be found on its website.  The website describes the functions and structure of PPHA, sets out its vision, identifies opportunities for collaboration and joint work. PPHA has been notified as the provincial focal point for integrated disease surveillance and response, public health research and workforce planning and development. The Agency hosts the technical working groups for various public health agendas such as the public health research committee, provincial disease surveillance oversight, environmental public health and will also house the “One Health” Hub for Punjab.

PPHA will work through its five technical divisions, nine public health directorates and thirty-six public health cells to address the public health challenges of the 110 million people living in Punjab province.

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Pakistan Facts




803,940 sq km


$211.1 billion




- Heart Disease
- Lower Respiratory Infections
- Diarrheal Diseae
- Perinatal Conditions
- Tuberculosis


70 deaths/1,000 live births


Male: 62 
Female: 64


Source: WHO, World Bank, CDC