15 03, 2019

Nationwide screening needed to protect newborns from rare diseases – Experts


Under 1 percent of Pakistani newborns are being screened for preventable genetic diseases which can lead to lifelong disability and even mental retardation, said experts at a conference to mark World Rare Disease Day organised by Aga Khan University. Newborn screening for rare diseases such as congenital hypothyroidism, CHT, a disease that limits the production [...]

15 03, 2019

New Survey Shows Improvement in Maternal and Child Health in Pakistan


Families in Pakistan are getting healthier according to the newly released 2017-18 Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS). The 2017-18 PDHS is the fourth DHS survey conducted in Pakistan since 1990-91. The survey results, released today at a national seminar in Islamabad organized by NIPS, highlight major improvements in child survival and maternal health care, [...]

16 02, 2016

Report on ‘Ending childhood Obesity’ launched


The Co-Chairs of the World Health Organization Commission (WHO) on Ending Childhood Obesity, Sir Peter Gluckman, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and Dr. Sania Nishtar, President, Heartfile presented the Commission’s final report to the Director General of the World Health Organization  in Geneva. The two of them led a two-year process, which [...]

15 09, 2014

Tackling dementia – Experts stress need to adopt healthy lifestyle


Pakistan is expected to become the third most populous country in the world in less than 40 years with a sizeable aging population. It is estimated that 36 million Pakistanis will be well over 50 years of age by that time and at possible risk of developing dementia, a progressive disease which results in severe [...]

15 02, 2014

Early childhood education system not yet introduced


The early childhood education system has still not been introduced in the schools of Sindh although its syllabus has been approved by the government. The early childhood programme is facing lots of difficulties because concrete steps have not been taken to implement it in the primary schools of the province. The programme entitled ‘Releasing Confidence [...]

15 10, 2013

Need of Applied Medical Ethics in Pakistan


Prof. Dr. Sumbul Shamim, Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Principal, Dow College of Pharmacy, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi   “If we believe men have any personal rights at all as human beings, they have an absolute right to such a measure of good health as society, and society alone is able to [...]

15 10, 2013

First-ever targeted roadmap outlines steps to end childhood TB deaths


The deaths of more than 74 000 children from Tuberculosis (TB) could be prevented each year through measures outlined in the first ever action plan developed specifically on TB and children. The Roadmap for Childhood TB: Toward Zero Deaths, launched by global TB leaders in Washington D.C., estimates that US$120 million per year could have a [...]

15 08, 2013

10 interventions equals a million children saved


?Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are among the 34 countries around the globe most affected by childhood malnutrition. If just 10 key nutrition interventions are scaled up to 90 per cent coverage in these countries, nearly 15 per cent of all deaths in children under five can be prevented, and at least a fifth [...]

15 08, 2013

Only 1 in 5 countries fully implement WHO’s infant formula code


Only 37 countries, or 19% of those reporting, have passed laws reflecting all the recommendations of the Inter-national Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, according to a new WHO report published during World Breastfeeding Week. The Week is celebrated in more than 170 countries from 1 to 7 August. Breastfeeding is the best source of [...]

15 01, 2013

Depression symptoms, information and treatment


By Fauzia Saeed, Psychologist,VCCTC, PRCS, Punjab Branch, LHR Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behavior, feelings and physical well-being. Depressed people may feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, or restless. They may lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable; experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, [...]

16 04, 2012

Childhood tuberculosis neglected, despite available remedies


Tuberculosis (TB) often goes undiagnosed in children from birth to 15 years old because they lack access to health services - or because the health workers who care for them are unprepared to recognize the signs and symptoms of TB in this age group. With better training and harmonization of the different programmes that provide [...]

15 01, 2012

LUMHS, WHO hold award distribution ceremony


The Department of Pediatrics, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) and World Health Organisation (WHO) organized an award distribution ceremony for the undergraduate students on their best performance in the evaluation of Pre Service IMNCI (Integrated Management of Neonatal & Childhood Illnesses) done by WHO-EMRO. Secretary Health, Government of Sindh, Hashim Raza Zaidi [...]

15 01, 2012

Seminar on diabetes at LUMHS


People with diabetes need to take an active role in their own care but patients need to be supported by their healthcare system to learn how to self manage effectively and timely access to proper treatment and medical advise is also vital. This was stated by Prof. Noshad Ahmed Shaikh, Vice chancellor of Liaquat University [...]

15 01, 2012

Protection of Children from Diseases Stressed


Pediatricians at a Conference emphasized on improving nutritional health of children under the age of 5 to prevent them from infections disease leading to morbidity and mortality. The two-day 4th Annual Pediatric Infectious Diseases Conference organized by Infectious Diseases Group, Pakistan Pediatric Association (IDG-PPA) in collaboration with PPA Sindh Branch held recently from January 7 [...]

15 12, 2011

Pakistan to introduce Pneumococcal vaccines


Pneumonia was one of the biggest causes of childhood mortality world-wide. Globally, pneumonia is responsible for 4,300 children deaths every day or one in every 20 seconds, while in Pakistan over 80,000 children die each year. Around 80,000 to 100,000 children die every year in Pakistan due to pneumonia, a disease that can be prevented [...]