Dr.Shoaib launches Durrani’s Dental Clinic

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Karachi(Cliff News)Dr. Shoaib Durrani, the youngest General Secretary – Pakistan Dental Association Karachi, officially launches his private practice – Durrani’s Dental Clinic in Karachi. The Clinic opened its doors to the public on 17th November 2019.Durrani’s Dental Clinic offers comprehensive dental treatments in a single purpose-built facility. The clinic is his solo practice and the services are currently only available in Karachi.  In accordance to the services provided by his clinic, Dr. Durrani comments on his long-term goal, “we hope to redefine the image of General Dentistry from a need-based service to a patient-centric customized experience.”“Optimum standards of sterilization and technology are maintained with a comfortable and caring environment catering to the utmost patient satisfaction,” opines Dr. Durrani when asked about what customers can expect from the clinic. Dr. Mahnoor Ahtasham who has a bachelors degree in Dental Surgery will also be practicing at the clinic.The launch was attended by notable figures including Junaid Akram, Rasikh Ismail, Hashim Hassan – CEO Dental News Pakistan, AUSPAK International and many more. 


Graduated in 2006, Dr. Shoaib Durrani was awarded as the Best House Officer of Batch 2006. He worked in group practices as an Associate Dentist at South City Hospital, Dr. Altamash & Associates Dental Clinic and Dr. Shaha Malik & Associates Dental Clinic. He is also the Co-Founder of the Academy of Advanced Dental Sciences, which was established to educate and arm undergraduates and freshly graduated dentists with the latest skills and techniques to enhance their dental practice. The aim was to do more hands-on workshops to polish their skills on phantom-workstations that would give an almost real environment to work in. Dr. Durrani has done various local and international courses on Dental Aesthetics, ClearPath Aligners, Endodontics, Orthodontics, Dental Implants and Restorative Dentistry.Durrani’s Dental Clinic is the change Dr Shoaib wanted to bring in the field of dentistry by providing professional care with innovative technology and a concept of pain-free dentistry! The current norm in the society lacks regular dental checkups, rather a visit is done only when there is an unbearable tooth ache. Knowing that regular dental checkups are as important as regular brushing, Dr. Durrani has set up this clinic to show people that optimum standards of cleanliness and sterilization in a friendly and comfortable environment can be delivered.Durrani’s Dental Clinic is setting the precedent for best quality dentistry in the city.




Marie Stopes Society hosted a seminar on family planning

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Karachi(CliffNews)Honouring International World Contraception Day celebrated earlier this week, Marie Stopes Society (MSS) hosted a seminar ‘Sehatmand ma, sehatmand bache, sehatmand Pakistan’ highlighting that a healthy mother leads to healthy children, thereby contributing to a healthy Pakistan. The Chief Guest of the seminar was honourable Secretary of Population Welfare Department, Mr. Zahid Ali Abbasi. The seminar stressed upon the need for family planning and birth spacing as the basic right of the mother and the child.Other distinguished panelists at the seminar were Prof. Dr. Sadiah Pal, leading Gynecologist and a senior member at National Committee for Maternal and Neonatal Health (NCMNH), Syed Nasir Imam, Country Lead Public Affairs & Communication – Pfizer, Asma Balal, Country Director at MSS and Mr. Rashid Sami, Filmmaker. The panel was moderated by Dr. Xaher Gul, Director Strategy at MSS.“Given the high rates of maternal mortality, childhood stunting and above 38% of the country’s population living in poverty, ensuring access to safe contraception directly contributes to the national development agenda,” said Asma Balal, Country Director at Marie Stopes Society.“The need for family planning is staggeringly high in Pakistan. The Government of Sindh has been making concerted efforts to ensure the availability of contraceptives to the people of Sindh. Having said that, the grassroot challenges are present such as misperceptions, lack of trained health staff and others. To make a real difference in this area, there’s a need for awareness and proper counselling as well as combined efforts of the key stakeholders,” said Mr. Zahid Ali Abbasi in his remarks.The event ended on a positive note where the role of the public and private sector was emphasized and new opportunities were discussed to create awareness about the issue and improve access to family planning services.

About Marie Stopes Society:

Marie Stopes Society (MSS) is a Pakistani non-profit organisation, registered in 1990 under the Societies Registration Act 1860. MSS has been providing high quality reproductive health and family planning services nationally. MSS works in close collaboration with the Government of Pakistan’s Population Welfare Department in each province, providing life-saving family planning services to almost 700,000 clients annually. Since 2010, MSS has served 6.2 million clients, thereby saving the lives of over 7,000 mothers across Pakistan.


World Habitat Trophy for Pakistan Chulah

Karachi(Cliff News)Heritage Foundation of Pakistan’s smokeless stove programmeresponsible for creating female entrepreneurs out of village women and improving their quality of health and life, which was recently adjudgedWorld Habitat Awards Winner for the year 2018was honoured withthe trophy at the ceremony of UN Habitat World Convention held in Nairobi. The trophy was received byHE Syed Maroof, the Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan in Nairobion behalf of Heritage Foundation.The trophy for World Habitat Award 2018 awarded to Pakistan Chulah was handed over by MrVictor Kisob, the Deputy Executive Director of UN Habitat at a prestigious ceremony in Nairobi.The trophy will be brought to Pakistan by David Ireland, Executive Director, World Habitat, and presented to Yasmeen Lari in November at the international conference on Green Sustainable Architecture organized by INTBAU Pakistan in collaboration with INTBAU and World Habitat at Makli at Zero Carbon Cultural Centre (ZC3), in the vicinity of Makli World Heritage.To celebrate the prestigious award, a couple of thousand Pakistan Chulah makers, representing several hundred villages will be present along with eminent international and national delegates from around the world and across the county.The World Habitat Awards Advisory Group said: “This is a tremendous project, which is changing the kitchen from a dirty place to a clean place. By making women into entrepreneurs it gives status in the family and the wider community. It’s vernacular architecture at its best.”

About the self-built chulah:

The zero carbon self-built Pakistan Chulah has been constructed by over 50,000 rural housewives in Upper and Lower Sindh. It is smokeless and fuel efficient, requiring only sawdust/cow dung briquettes for fuel, thus requiring no biomass or wood for cooking.


High profile moot to discuss prevalence of Cancer in developing countries

Karachi(Cliff News)A three-day high profile conference to discuss prevalence and causes of cancer leading to death particularly in developing countries will open at SIUT (Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation) today (Friday). The conference is jointly organized by prestigious American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and SIUT. Some leading cancer specialist from Europe and North America are taking part in the conference.According to statistics released by American society some 1,48,000 Pakistanis are diagnosed cancer annually with over 1,00,000 deaths caused by cancer.Management and treatment of hematological malignancies, breast and lung cancers, colon cancers are important topics which have earmarked for discussion during three day proceedings. The American society which was established in 1954 with worldwide membership of 45 000 practicing oncologists including Pakistan has decided to take the war against cancer globally. The conference is a part of the global war. Workshop to carry out research, education and promotion of high quality patient care are also part of the conference.Highlighting the ever growing rate burden of cancer in the society experts have underlined the need to reduce the burden of the ailment by implementing known cancer preventing strategies. Smoking and use of tobacco has been described as the most important contributing factor. They also underlined that adoption of healthy life style, healthy diet and cancer screening as vital component for preventing cancer. The oncologist members of the sobriety also pointed out dearth of the state of the art cancer treating hospital in public sector in Pakistan is equally essential.

The Recovery House resolute to combat mental illness in Pakistan

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Karachi(Cliff News)The Recovery house (TRH) – A project of Caravan of Life Pakistan Trust,  which works tirelessly in an aim to shift the focus on effective steps needed to combat mental illness in Pakistan, recently conducted a public awareness seminar on ‘Recovery from Mental Illness: Looking at the Roadblocks &Strengths’.The facilitator/expert speaker for this session was Dr. Veronica Carey (PhD, CPRP), Assistant Dean for Diversity and Student Affairs; Associate Clinical Professor at Drexel University – College of Nursing & Health Professions, USA.The seminar was attended by over 75 attendees which comprised mostly caregivers, people living with the illness or those belonging from other profession. These attendees interacted with the Dr. Veronica and exchanged their valuable thoughts along with highlighting the importance of having such sessions on a higher frequency in Pakistan.TRH brings experts in the field from the United States of America to Pakistan on frequent basis, both for training purposes and for conducting relevant seminars & conferences. With such efforts, TRH remains resolute to bring focus and attention of the people in Pakistan towards the essential precautions that are required to tackle with mental illnesses.Being highly strong-willed and welcoming the participants, Dr. Veronica Carey said, “The Mission of Psychiatric Rehabilitation is to help people with long-term psychiatric disabilities increase their functioning so that they are successful and satisfied in the environments of their choice, with the least amount of ongoing professional help.”“This is my fourth visit to Pakistan and the people here possess very strong skills to overcome any difficulty that comes their way, be it recovery from mental illness. The core principles of psychiatric rehabilitation is to convey hope and show respect, thus making everyone part of the cultural norms and working on their strengths,” she concluded, stressing on the key message of the seminar being “Recovery starts with you!”.Dr. Veronica thanked the attendees for supporting the recovery of their loved ones and expressed her desire to revisit Pakistan and host such seminars on a higher frequency.

About The Recovery House:

The Recovery House – A project of Caravan of Life Pakistan Trustfacilitate individuals with a mental illness to effectively manage their illness in order to live life at its fullest and re-integrate as functioning members of society.



International Committee of Red Cross holds seminar on violence against health care workers

Karachi(Cliff News)The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) held a seminar at Jinnah Sindh Medical University, which emphasized the problem of violence against health workers. The APPNA Institute of Public Health (AIPH) at JSMU is a proud partner of the Health Care in Danger (HCiD) Initiative of the ICRC. The initiative aims to conscientiously support health systems in preventing and controlling violence against health care workers by making health care settings safe and empowering health care providers to manage violence at their workplace. The initiative has developed and implemented different interventions including training for health care providers on de-escalation of violence in health care settings, training for ambulance workers on field safety and security, testing contextualized international tools to assess security in hospitals and formation of security frameworks, and mass media awareness campaigns on giving way to ambulances and respecting health care providers.The seminar was attended by Secretary Health Dr. Usman Chachar, Vice Chancellor Jinnah Sindh Medical University Dr. SM Tariq Rafi, Dean Medical Education CPSP Dr. Syeda Kausar, Mr. Giovanni Trambaiolo Head of ICRC Sub-Delegation, Dr. Mirwais Khan Head of Project Health Care in Danger ICRC, AIG Dr. Waliullah Khan, Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Ali Shalwani, Professor Lubna Baig Dean and Pro VC Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Dr. Shiraz Shaikh Co-Principle Investigator of HCiD, Dr. Syed Muhammad Ibrahim Hashmi Project Manager HCiD, Dr. Naseem from Institute of Public Health and Social Sciences Khyber Medical University, CEO Sindh Healthcare Commission Dr. Minhaj Kidwai and Zarrar Khurro Media Panelist who shared significant achievements of the initiative with health care professionals in attendance. The seminar’s goal was to develop policy guidelines for protecting care workers along with concerned stake holders including health policy makers, media personnel, members of medical fraternity and law enforcement agencies in protecting health care.Dr. Mirwais Khan from the ICRC stated that: “Adopting new policies and standards will ensure all hospitals, no matter how big or small, can prevent violence and keep their staff and patients safe. Healthcare workers care for us at our most vulnerable. They deserve to feel and be safe at work. We are sending a strong message that violence against healthcare workers can never condoned.”Professor Lubna Baig, Dean APPNA Institute of Public Health stated that: “HCID Project team at APPNA Institute of Public Health feels strongly about violence against healthcare that negatively effects the performance of Healthcare providers which ultimately leads to poor quality of care and adverse health outcomes. In the past four years, the team has passionately done great amount of research on this subject and also come up with practical solutions to minimize violence against healthcare. The presence of all relevant stakeholders in this seminar will help us in together chalking out a strategy to implement the solutions that have been developed after hard work of the core team of the project.”

Pfizer aims to slow growing Global Public Health Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance


PICTURE WITH CAPTION URDU & ENGLISH-1.jpgKarachi (Cliff News)Pfizer Pakistan in recognition of World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) reaffirms its commitment to working with industry partners and policymakers to help prevent and combat the global public health threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).AMR can affect anyone, of any age, in any country. It occurs when pathogens change and find ways to resist the effects of antibiotics. The pathogens survive, grow and spread their resistance. This process of adaptation leads to AMR. If no solution is found, the consequences of AMR could be devastating. Minor infections and injuries could become life-threatening, and serious infections such as pneumonia could become impossible to treat. Further, many routine medical procedures could be too risky to perform because of the risk of becoming infected while in hospital by a multi-drug resistant pathogen.SM Wajeeh further said; “We at Pfizer are fully cognizant of this important issue of Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) and have been working with relevant stakeholders to make our contribution towards managing it. On the occasion of World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018, we are pleased to partner with MMIDSP, which is leading the way for creating awareness on AMR in Pakistan. Pfizer core values remain focused on our patient’s wellness, and we are working together on projects that positively impact overall health in Pakistan.”Dr. Aamer Ikram, President of MMIDSP said on this occasion: “MMIDSP takes the pride in launching the initiatives in the country to curb antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through “Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative in Pakistan (ASIP)”. The Society has organized multiple events in collaboration with Pfizer Pakistan for creating awareness and imparting training at both institutional and community levels to address the injudicious overuse of antibiotics with ever increasing AMR. It has reached out to major stakeholders, professional societies and policy makers within and outside the government for collaboration in tackling AMR at national level. Many national and provincial initiatives have been taken across Pakistan. On this World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018, MMIDSP appeals to all stakeholders that it is our responsibility to join hands in these national efforts to end the menace of AMR.”