Health Experts Gather to Shape Future of Rehabilitation
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Health Experts Gather to Shape Future of Rehabilitation

Shape Future of Rehabilitation

In a significant move towards enhancing rehabilitation and assistive technology services in Pakistan, a consultative meeting on the “Formulation of Federal and Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Strategic Action Plans (2023-2028)” was held in Islamabad. The meeting brought together prominent figures from various national and international organizations, all committed to advancing the health sector.

Among the esteemed participants were Prof Dr Furqan Ahmed Siddiqi, Dean and Principal of the Foundation University College of Physical Therapy (FUCP), and Assistant Professor Dr Muhammad Ehab Azim, Head of the Clinical Department at FUCP. Their involvement highlighted the critical role of academic institutions in influencing and shaping health policies.

The meeting was attended by representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO), Humanity Inclusive, USAID, ReLAB-HS, the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (MoNHSRC), the Ministry of Human Rights, and the Director Generals of Health from Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K). These key stakeholders convened to specify the requirements and activities needed to develop comprehensive national and provincial rehabilitation strategic plans.

Building on the groundwork laid in previous discussions, the participants aimed to create actionable plans that will uplift rehabilitation and assistive devices services. A central focus was on strengthening the rehabilitation workforce across the federal region, ensuring improved health outcomes for those in need of these services.

The contributions of Prof Dr Furqan Ahmed Siddiqi and Dr Muhammad Ehab Azim were notably recognized and appreciated by the forum. Their insights and expertise were instrumental in shaping the strategies that will drive the rehabilitation and assistive technology sectors forward over the next five years.

This collaborative effort marks a significant step towards strengthening Pakistan’s health sector, promising enhanced services and support for individuals requiring rehabilitation and assistive technologies. The finalized strategic plans are expected to bring about substantial improvements in the availability and quality of these essential services across the country.

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