Quetta is the capital of the largest Pakistani province of Balochistan. Balochistan is a sparsely populated area with less than 5% of Pakistans total population. Rapid population growth and high prevalence of infectious diseases among children on the one hand, and staff shortages on the other hand, led to insufficient primary health care facilities for children. The paediatric ward of the existing secondary hospital was overburdened, and the buildings were in a poor condition and did not allow for extensions.
The general objective was to improve the living conditions of the population of Balochistan Province through health care facilities with a higher quality of service, accessibility and efficiency. The project objective was to improve provincial health care services for children through a hospital which by design, equipment, manpower, administrative and educational capacities could function as a high quality secondary facility accessible to all social groups. The tasks assigned to the consultant included the following: hospital design and tendering for works and for equipment; assessment of hospital costs and its financing possibilities; supervision of construction, equipment installation and user training; development and implementation of an operational concept; development and implementation of an autonomy concept for the hospital; commissioning and training in paediatric care, administration and management, operation and maintenance of medical and non-medical installations and equipment. The hospital has 128 in-patient beds in 4 wards, accident and emergency services, out-patient facilities, operating theatres and X-ray, laboratory and pharmacy services. The hospital is equipped to deal on a daily basis with 400-500 out-patients, 100-150 emergency patients and 100-200 out-patients.