An MoU was signed between AIPH-JSMU and Thardeep rural Development Programme to train local authorities in managing Covid-19 response strategies and sensitization on mental health, psycho social impact and rumour management.

According to Chairperson APPNA Institute of Public Health-JSMU Professor Lubna Ansari-Baig, the institute won the grant from TRDP and is preparing to provide training of trainers in Jamshoro and Hyderabad in the next month in which local authorities will be sensitized towards managing the pandemic. Over a period of 4 months, more than 75 participants from different districts will be trained.

Vice Chancellor Professor Amjad Siraj Memon said that involvement of institutions of public health into such projects has more lasting impact on the outcome of such interventions.

TRDP’s Chief executive Officer Dr Allah Nawaz Samoo described the project as part of their ongoing efforts for bridging the gap between the academia and field workers. He said that TRDP is a not-for-profit organization well known for its work with vulnerable populations in remote areas of Sindh.

Dr Allah Nawaz Samoo signed the MoU from TRDP, accompanied by head of Finance Sarmad Bhatti,  procurement specialist Farman Ali and admin officer Wazir Thahim. AIPH-JSMU was represented by Professor Lubna Ansari-baig with faculty members Dr Zaeema Ahmer, Mehjabeen Musharraf, and Dr Mariam Noman.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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