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 02, 2016

Zika Virus its threat in Pakistan and possible solutions to counter the threat


Dr. Muhammad Najeeb Durrani, Assistant DHO, Epidemiologist, Member Global Outbreak Alert & Response Network Recent emergence of Zika virus has caused uproar amongst media and public. Outbreaks of Zika have been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and most recently in the Americas. Because the mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are found [...]

15 01, 2016

Chief Minister Sindh inaugurated Jacobabad Institute of Medical Science


Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Sindh Chief Minister and David Hale US Ambassador inaugurated the Jacobabad Institute of Medical Sciences (JIMS) recently. The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), provided $18 million to build the 133-bed hospital complex and supply it with medical equipment and a solar energy system. Dr. Jam [...]

15 07, 2015

USAID works to enhance child nutrition in Sindh


The US Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Sindh Community Mobilization Program organized a Conference titled “Child Nutrition in Sindh: Challenges and Opportunities”  recently at a local hotel in Karachi. The Conference was attended by officials from the Sindh Health including Fazlullah Pechuho, Education Secretary, Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo, Health Secretary, Randy Hatfield, USAID Senior Policy [...]

15 07, 2014

WHO develops an Action Framework for TB elimination in low-incidence countries


World Health Organisation (WHO) and European Respiratory Society (ERS) in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Health hosted a global consultation on the elimination of tuberculosis (TB) in low-incidence countries aimed at adapting the recently adopted global strategy and targets for TB prevention, care and control after 2015 to the specific context and challenges of low-incidence countries. [...]

15 07, 2014

Sindh to introduce population control policy soon


The Sindh government will introduce a new population control policy in four months. The policy is being prepared by population welfare department in collaboration with United Nation Population Fund. These views were express by Sharmila Farooqui, Provincial Adviser on Culture while addressing a seminar organised by the population welfare department to mark the World Population [...]

15 11, 2013

New health resource to improve access to family planning for women after childbirth


Interventions address health service gaps for this often overlooked group of women A new resource for health programme managers and policy makers released today aims to improve access to family planning for women after childbirth and during the first 12 months of motherhood. Closely-spaced and unintended pregnancies are a health risk to both mother and [...]

15 06, 2012

Global leaders, health experts promote new plan to reduce child mortality


Top Officials from 80 Nations and a broad coalition of Public and Private Health Groups are calling for intensified global efforts to curb the number of children under five dying from preventable diseases. Public Health Officials say that the ambitious new strategy aims to reduce child mortality from 7.6 million to one million annually within [...]

15 05, 2011

Sport for Health launched in Grenada


Principals and sporting ambassadors from each of Grenada’s 22 secondary schools attended the launch of the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation’s (WINDREF) Sport for Health Program.  A collaborative program between WINDREF, St. George’s University, the Ministries of Sport and Health, and the Grenada National Olympic Committee, the goal is to help reduce the public [...]