IFM-JSMU inks MoU with Pink Pakistan Trust
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IFM-JSMU inks MoU with Pink Pakistan Trust

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Jinnah Sindh Medical University’s Institute of Family Medicine (IFM-JSMU) and Pink Pakistan Trust on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with the aim to upgrade the governmental Basic Health Units for providing primary healthcare facilities.

President Pink Pakistan Dr. Zubaida Qazi, and Vice Chancellor Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Professor Syed Muhammad Tariq Rafi have signed the Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement was signed in view of Pakistan’s need to strengthen the infrastructure of BHUs and provide vocational training to the General Practitioners to enhance community resilience by offering CME sessions, CPD courses and enhancing community resilience for primary healthcare.

Speaking on the occasion, VC Professor S.M.Tariq Rafi appreciated the step taken by the Institute of Family Medicine’s Head of the Department Professor Marie Andrades and the team in cementing the alliance with Pink Pakistan, and assured them of full support from JSMU in its implementation. While he acknowledged the efforts of IFM-JSMU in bringing the idea into fruition, he urged the panel to motivate more female practitioner dropouts to join this initiative.

The MoU between IFM-JSMU and Pink Pakistan Trust was signed in the presence of Trustees from Pink Pakistan Trust Mr. Ibrahim Sajid Malik, Executive Director and Ms. Mufarrah Malick, Volunteer.

President Pink Pakistan Dr. Zubaida Qazi also spoke on the occasion, and highlighted her respective organisations’ contributions to the mitigation of primary healthcare issues. She remarked that the recent Covid-19 pandemic had further highlighted the need for reducing the burden from tertiary hospitals and reestablishing the governmental BHU(s) in remote areas of the city.

She also pointed out the importance of the private sector stepping forward and initiating data collection activities in collaboration with the government, so as to contribute to the international researches and provide stewardship by addressing the basic healthcare concerns within their boundaries.

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