Support to Social Protection - Social Health Protection

Social protection refers to a set of policies and programmes aimed at protecting all people from poverty and social exclusion throughout their lifecycles, with a particular emphasis on the most vulnerable groups. The majority of people in Pakistan are at chronic risk of falling into the poverty trap, making a living without protection against life-cycle risks such as illness, inability to work, poverty in old age and property loss. Health problems without social health protection pose a real threat of impoverishment: poor health impairs employability and productivity, while treatment expenditure depletes disposable income.  The project "Support to Social Protection - Social Health Protection" conducted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) assists social protection and social health protection initiatives by Pakistan’s Federal Government, and the provincial Governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Support measures include strategy development for policy makers, capacity development for implementing organisations, and structural improvements that contribute towards sustainable solutions.