FrieslandCampina Institute Launches as a Trusted Platform for Healthcare Professionals

FrieslandCampina Institute Launches as a Trusted Platform for Healthcare Professionals

The FrieslandCampina Institute was officially launched in Pakistan by Kashan Hasan, Managing Director of FrieslandCampina Engro Pakistan Limited (FCEPL). The inauguration ceremony, held at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, marks a significant milestone in advancing healthcare professionals’ education and nutritional awareness across the region. The Institute in Pakistan aims to equip local healthcare professionals with…

World Environment Day: Pakistan’s Bold Steps Towards Climate Resilience and Land Restoration

World Environment Day: Pakistan’s Bold Steps Towards Climate Resilience and Land Restoration

Prime Minister’s Climate Change Coordinator, Romina Khurshid Alam, commended the Ministry of Climate Change & Environmental Coordination’s (MoCC&EC) Ozone Cell for training Customs & Enforcement Officers on the Montreal Protocol and HCFC control in Pakistan on the World Environment Day. She hopes this training will aid in curbing the climate menace. The event, organized by…

AKU unveils plans to establish CVD intervention centres in rural Sindh

AKU unveils plans to establish CVD intervention centres in rural Sindh

The Aga Khan University’s Center for IMPACT for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Studies held an inception meeting where it laid out its research and development plans to combat the rising incidence of cardiovascular diseases, mostly in rural Sindh. Prof Zainab Samad, Chair of the Department of Medicine at AKU, who presided over the meeting said, “While…

AKU, WHO, and UNICEF stress the need to save youth from non-communicable diseases

AKU, WHO, and UNICEF stress the need to save youth from non-communicable diseases

The Aga Khan University’s Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS) has kicked off a three-day conference to discuss and resolve adolescent health issues, with participation from the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). The conference, titled “Healthy Futures: Preventing Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Young Hearts and Minds,” sheds light on…

Impact of Federal Excise Duty Adjustments on Pakistan’s Cigarette Industry: LUMS Study Reveals Critical Findings
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Impact of Federal Excise Duty Adjustments on Pakistan’s Cigarette Industry: LUMS Study Reveals Critical Findings

A recent study by the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), titled ‘Impact of Taxation on the Cigarette Sector in Pakistan’, has uncovered a pressing issue that demands immediate attention-the impact of tax policies, particularly Federal Excise Duty (FED) adjustments, on Pakistan’s cigarette industry which is causing more loss to government in revenues loss than…

Aga Khan University’s (CIME) Hosts Groundbreaking SIMPACT 2024 Conference

Aga Khan University’s (CIME) Hosts Groundbreaking SIMPACT 2024 Conference

The Aga Khan University Centre for Innovation in Medical Education (CIME) launched its first-ever international conference, SIMPACT 2024, in Karachi, Pakistan, and Nairobi, Kenya. SIMPACT 2024 brings together a diverse array of simulation professionals, including doctors, nurses, educators, researchers, engineers, students, expert and industry leaders, to revolutionize healthcare education for  a safer and more skilled…

Pakistan Faces Significant Revenue Loss Due to Illegal Cigarette Sales, NUST Report Reveals
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Pakistan Faces Significant Revenue Loss Due to Illegal Cigarette Sales, NUST Report Reveals

Current excise duty structure on tobacco products had pushed the consumers to down-trade from legally compliant cigarette brands to illegal tax-evaded brands easily available all across Pakistan, because of which the national exchequer was expected to face a revenue loss of around PKR310b annually with illicit cigarette brands having more than 60% of the total…

The Coca-Cola Foundation and charity: water Partner to Bring Clean and Safe Water to Communities in Pakistan

The Coca-Cola Foundation and charity: water Partner to Bring Clean and Safe Water to Communities in Pakistan

charity: water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe water to people around the world, has received support from The Coca-Cola Foundation to launch a transformative clean water project in the Balochistan province in Pakistan. The project aims to support 372 new and rehabilitated community water points to ensure access to clean and safe water…

USSEC’s Pitch2Fork Spotlights Startups Leading in Protein Innovation

Right to Protein powered by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) hosted its second Pitch2Fork program in Dubai, UAE. With a focus on innovations in the protein industry, this platform provided a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs across Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan to pitch their rising businesses to a panel of investors. Shortlisted companies that leveraged…

UK Study Warns Banning Disposable Vapes Could Harm 2.6 Million People
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UK Study Warns Banning Disposable Vapes Could Harm 2.6 Million People

A new study published by the journal Public Health has indicated that banning disposable vapes may negatively impact 2.6 million people as well as discourage the use of e-cigarettes from then on in the United Kingdom. This research comes from a recent discussion among UK officials to ban disposable vapes to prevent minors from becoming…

Groundbreaking Collaboration to Reduce Burden of Diabetes in Pakistan through Dream Diabetes and SMILE

Groundbreaking Collaboration to Reduce Burden of Diabetes in Pakistan through Dream Diabetes and SMILE

Considering the current economic challenges and to ensure access to healthcare, Getz Pharma and M.E.D Consultants signed an MOU for the project Dream Diabetes: SMILE (Simplifying the Life of People with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus). This initiative is designed to simplify the lives of underprivileged individuals living with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) through free…

Bridging the Evidence Gap for Children and Adolescents’ Health

Bridging the Evidence Gap for Children and Adolescents’ Health

In a groundbreaking article published in the prestigious Nature Medicine journal, experts from various parts of the world collaborated to address evidence gaps for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in children and adolescents. Notable experts, including Dr Zulfiqar Bhutta and Dr Jai Das from the Institute for Global Health and Development at Aga Khan University (IGHD-AKU) in…

MOL Pakistan Elevates Local Emergency Response Capabilities with Ambulance Donation

MOL Pakistan Elevates Local Emergency Response Capabilities with Ambulance Donation

A ceremony, held at Islamabad today, marked the formal handover of the ambulances by Mr. Gyorgy Loncsar, CEO MOL Pakistan, to Deputy Commissioner Kohat, Dr. Azmat Wazir and Additional Deputy Commissioner Hangu, Faheed Khan, both represented the commissioner Kohat. The event was attended by senior officials from both MOL Pakistan and the district administrations of…

WaterAid Pakistan Unveils its Country Programme Strategy 2023-2028

WaterAid Pakistan Unveils its Country Programme Strategy 2023-2028

In a significant event held today in Islamabad, WaterAid Pakistan unveiled its visionary Country Programme Strategy for the period 2023–2028. This strategy aims to expedite Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) progress in the country, with a strong emphasis on enhancing the resilience of water, sanitation, and hygiene services in the face of climate change. Furthermore,…

The Transformative Power of Self-Work: A Profound Journey with Rammal Mehmud
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The Transformative Power of Self-Work: A Profound Journey with Rammal Mehmud

In the latest episode of the Happy Chirp podcast series, host Humna Raza engages in a soul-stirring conversation with Rammal Mehmud, a true pioneer in the realm of photography and one of Pakistan’s trailblazing female photographers. The unfolding dialogue takes us on an intimate exploration of Rammal’s life, traversing through the peaks of triumphs, the…

TPL Trakker commemorates Pinktober: Awareness Barhao Jaan Bachao
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TPL Trakker commemorates Pinktober: Awareness Barhao Jaan Bachao

In a heartfelt commemoration of Pinktober, Mr. Rao Salman, CEO of TPL Trakker, along with the executive leadership team, embarked on a thoughtful visit to Baitul Sukoon, a cancer hospital giving free end-to-end treatment to breast cancer patients. Serving as a beacon of hope, the hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including mammography, ultrasound, radiology,…

Pakistan Tobacco Company Champions Supplier-Led Innovations with Launch of ‘Be Supplier Program’
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Pakistan Tobacco Company Champions Supplier-Led Innovations with Launch of ‘Be Supplier Program’

Pakistan Tobacco Company Limited (PTC) launched its flagship Be Supplier Program, on Thursday in a bid to accelerate its sustainability agenda through supplier-led innovations. The company also launched its first ‘Environment, Social and Governance Report’ which demonstrates its commitment to sustainable business practices. The ‘Be Supplier for A Better Tomorrow Together’ Conference was attended by…

Nurturing Critical Thinking at the Forefront of FAS: Dr Stephen Lyon, Dean AKU-FAS

Nurturing Critical Thinking at the Forefront of FAS: Dr Stephen Lyon, Dean AKU-FAS

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at the Aga Khan University (AKU) recently hosted a roundtable discussion to address the details of the newly launched faculty and celebrate its inaugural batch of students, who have embarked on an inspiring journey to pursue their academic and career aspirations. Professor Stephen Lyon, Inaugural Dean, Faculty of…

AKU Celebrates World Teachers’ Day 2023

AKU Celebrates World Teachers’ Day 2023

The Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED) celebrated World Teachers’ Day with a focus on UNESCO’s theme- ‘The teachers we need for the education we want: The global imperative to reverse the teacher shortage.’ The event included a panel discussion featuring experts from the field of education including: Dr Faisal Bari, Dean, School…

BRACE Programme Transforms Lives of 300,000 Rural Families in Balochistan
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BRACE Programme Transforms Lives of 300,000 Rural Families in Balochistan

The six-year European Union funded Balochistan Rural Development and Community Empowerment (BRACE) Programme successfully concluded with a final dissemination workshop at the office of Balochistan Rural Support Programme. BRACE has been the largest EU investment (Euro 45 Million) for community empowerment in Balochistan, directly working with 300,000 families in 10 districts of Balochistan namely Jhal…

Launch of the Generation Unlimited Policy Research Challenge: Empowering Youth to Shape a Better Tomorrow
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Launch of the Generation Unlimited Policy Research Challenge: Empowering Youth to Shape a Better Tomorrow

A pioneering initiative, the Generation Unlimited Policy Research Challenge (PRC, aimed at empowering and inspiring young activists throughout Pakistan has been officially launched today. Operating under the GenU framework, this visionary project opens doors for individuals aged 12 to 28 to actively engage in research, champion innovative solutions, and play an instrumental role in shaping…

Most Pakistanis Worry About Protein Intake, Yet Spend Under 20% on Protein Foods: 2023 Study

Most Pakistanis Worry About Protein Intake, Yet Spend Under 20% on Protein Foods: 2023 Study

The ‘Right to Protein’ initiative, powered by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) introduced the ‘Pakistan Protein Perception Study 2023’, an insightful report developed based on a nation-wide survey conducted by YouGov assessing citizen’s knowledge, behaviour, and perceptions about protein foods in Pakistan. The study highlights the practical challenges that pose as a barrier to…

Uniting to Triumph Over COVID-19: Harnessing the Power of Clinical Trials

Uniting to Triumph Over COVID-19: Harnessing the Power of Clinical Trials

In the face of the persistent threat posed by COVID-19, our collective resilience shines brighter than ever, stated Dr. Saboora Waris, Associate Director, at Maroof International Hospital. Today, we come together to underscore three critical facets that demand our unwavering attention and action: the relentless presence of COVID-19, the pivotal role of clinical trials in…

How Clinical Trials Shape Our Response to Health Threats

How Clinical Trials Shape Our Response to Health Threats

Covid-19 has not left us and we are seeing many cases, with some still suffering symptoms from the last attack, known as Long-COVID. This was stated by PROF DR. JAVED AKRAM, of the Akram Medical Complex and Caretaker Provincial Minister for Health & Social Welfare; at the media roundtable, while speaking on “COVID-19 still a…

Research Across Pakistan Documents Tobacco Industry Tactics Targeting Children

Research Across Pakistan Documents Tobacco Industry Tactics Targeting Children

A new paper from the Institute for Global Tobacco Control (IGTC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health highlights positive outcomes in Pakistan following the release of findings from the “Big Tobacco, Tiny Targets” campaign, led by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), which sheds light on the advertising and promotional tactics employed…

Pakistan’s Population: Ensuring A Brighter Future For All

Pakistan’s Population: Ensuring A Brighter Future For All

Pakistan’s population experts and leading government officials are set to gather in Islamabad this week on the 24th and 25th of May, for a learning event organized by Palladium Pakistan under DAFPAK-PSSD in collaboration with UNFPA, PSI, MSS, DKT International, and M&C Saatchi and in partnership with MoNHSR&C Islamabad, and provincial Health and Population Welfare…

Nutrition International and MoNHSR&C Partner to Combat Maternal Malnutrition in Pakistan

Nutrition International and MoNHSR&C Partner to Combat Maternal Malnutrition in Pakistan

Nutrition International, in partnership with the Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination (MoNHSR&C) and provincial health departments launched a campaign – NourishMaa – to improve maternal nutrition in Pakistan by building capacities of healthcare providers (HCPs) and frontline health workers (FHWs) in six selected districts that report poor maternal nutrition indicators. “Improving the…

ABHI Onboards Hilal Group, Domino’s Pakistan, Shalimar Foods, to Provide Earned Wage Access to 2000 Employees
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ABHI Onboards Hilal Group, Domino’s Pakistan, Shalimar Foods, to Provide Earned Wage Access to 2000 Employees

ABHI, a financial technology company, has partnered with Hilal Group, a leading fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company, to provide AbhiSalary, an Earned Wage Access product, to Hilal’s workforce. The move aims to reduce financial stress and improve productivity among Hilal’s employees, who can now access their earned salaries before payday in just 30 seconds. Hilal…

President For Using Digital Technologies to Improve Healthcare Services
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President For Using Digital Technologies to Improve Healthcare Services

President Dr Arif Alvi has called for using digital technologies to improve the health and well-being of the people of Pakistan and provide them with quality healthcare services. He emphasised that advances in medical technology could help transform the country’s medicine and healthcare system. The President expressed these views while talking to the Chief Executive…