Jinnah Sindh Medical University’s APPNA Institute of Public Health conducted entry tests and interviews at a local hotel in Quetta for a special batch of Masters in Public Health programme comprising candidates from various districts of Balochistan.
Chairperson AIPH-JSMU Professor Lubna Ansari Baig described the initiative as part of JSMU’s Corporate Social Responsibility, in collaboration with John Snow Inc., a USAID funded organisation working to improve health systems in different countries.
“This initiative is part of JSI’s work to improve quality, access, and equity within health systems worldwide. AIPH-JSMU is working to create sustainable solutions to the burgeoning health and development challenges in the country by training public health professionals according to a modern and updated medical education curriculum,” She explained.
A total of 33 candidates appeared in the test. Director General Health Baluchistan Dr Nasir Ali Bugti was present on the occasion to supervise the tests and interviews and appreciated JSMU’s efforts while highlighting different issues of Baluchistan’s health system.
Pro Vice Chancellor JSMU Professor Shahid Rasul described this initiative as JSMU’s continued commitment to the improvement of health sector and health education in Pakistan. “It is encouraging to see JSMU’s efforts in the province of Sindh being extended to other parts of the country,” he said.
The AIPH-JSMU team that conducted the tests and interviews comprised Naushaba Khatoon, Dr Zaeema Ahmer and Dr Greesh Maheshwari, with Deputy Directors Admissions Dr. Fatima Abid and Ali Kashan. JSI, USAID was represented by Dr. Babar Tasneem Shaikh, Adnan, and Dr. Babar Ansari.