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  • Al-Shifa Newsletter; Vol. 24, Number 57, September 2013

    Al-Shifa Trust News letter

  • Al-Shifa Newsletter; Vol. 24, Number 57, September 2013

    INSIDE

    • Board of Trustees take landmark decisions on AST future strategic plan

    • Al-Shifa achieves another landmark – Masters in Public Health Program (MSPH) launched

    • Moving towards Regions First Children Eye Hospital

    • Al-Shifa starts first ever screening program for prevention of infant blindness in the country

    • Italian Ambassador visits Al-Shifa Teleophthalmology project

    • Al-Shifa clinches best paper award in SAARC Conference

    • AST Eye Hospital Muzaffarabad stepping towards excellence

    • PIO students grab top positions in University

    • Doctors from Bangladesh join AST for advanced training

    • Al-Shifa Center for Community Ophthalmology continues its activities on war footing

    • Work on Al-Shifa Commercial Tower started

    • Successful Fundraiser hosted at Marriott Islamabad

    • Staff News

    • Young Friends of Al-Shifa set new trends for social work

    • Patient Column

    • Appeal

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    Board of Trustees take landmark decisions on AST future strategic plan

    Recently held meeting of Board of Trustees, Al-Shifa Trust made some landmark

    decisions for future strategic direction of Al-Shifa. Chaired by Mr. Hamid Javaid,

    President of Trust, following important decisions were made: -

    1. As a first step towards establishing, Al-Shifa University of Medical and

    Ophthalmic Sciences (ASUMOS), ASTEH Rawalpindi was given a go

    ahead to start Master of Sciences in Public Health Program. (See details in

    the following pages).

    2. As a first step towards establishing an independent Children Eye Hospital,

    BoT expressed its satisfaction over expansion of existing department of

    Pediatric Ophthalmology at ASTEH Rawalpindi. (See details in the

    following pages)

    3. The BoT agreed to expedite the construction of Al-Shifa Commercial

    Tower.

    4. BoT also approved increase in the salary package of its employees.

    5. The BoT also approved new members of Board of Trustees. These include

    Mr. Abdullah Yusuf, Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Rehmat Khan, Justice Mansoor

    Ahmed and Ms Samia Abbas.

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    Al-Shifa achieves another landmark – Masters in Public Health Program (MSPH) launched

    After the approval by Quaid-e-Azam University, ASTEH has now started Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) program. It is a two years post graduate degree program intended for doctors, pharmacists, optometrists, nurses and social scientists etc.. The focus of this program is to produce highly skilled public health professionals who endeavor to improve the health and quality of life of the people through prevention of diseases, surveillance of communicable and non- communicable diseases, monitoring and evaluation of health projects, and the promotion of healthy behaviors.

    Dr. Zahid Butt has been appointed as head of department. An Agha Khan University graduate, he has completed his doctorate in epidemiology from Michigan State University of USA. He brings with him good experience of running this program at Health Services Academy Islamabad. The faculty also includes two assistant professors and two tutors along with independent administrative support.

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    The first batch consisting of 18 students has been enrolled and regular classes have already started.

    Mrs. Amna Khawar, Director Programs Al-Shifa Trust deserves special kudos for her tireless and dedicated efforts in launching this program on time.

    Moving towards Regions First Children Eye Hospital

    AST Eye Hospital Rawalpindi has one of the most advanced departments of pediatric ophthalmology in the country. With nine pediatric ophthalmologists and latest surgical and diagnostic equipment, the patient demand is huge from all over Pakistan. A comprehensive plan has been approved by Board of Trustees. As a first phase of this plan, the existing department of pediatric ophthalmology has been expanded, refurbished and further equipped with modern children eye care paraphernalia. In addition, more highly qualified doctors have also joined the department. Dr. Syed Asad Ali, who has nine years practical experience of teaching, training and research in leading pediatric ophthalmology centers of UK, has recently joined the department. He is an old alumnus of Al-Shifa Trust. Dr. Sorath Noorani Siddiqui, who is heading the department has recently returned

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    after completing her specialized training in ophthalmic genetics from Canada in world famous McGill University. Her training was supported by Fred Hollows Foundation, Australia.

    It is expected that this expansion will increase the capacity of the department twofold and reduce the patient waiting time by one half by the middle of next year.

    Different views of newly constructed children eye department at ASTEH Rawalpindi

    Al-Shifa starts first ever screening program for prevention and treatment of infant blindness in the country

    Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is an important cause of infant blindness in developed countries. As more and more premature and extremely low birth

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    weight babies are surviving due to availability of advanced neonatal care, increasing number of these are in need for neonatal screening for presence of premature retina which if not treated in time can lead to infant blindness. ROP is now emerging as important cause of blindness in the developing world as well. For the first time in the country, AST Eye Hospital Rawalpindi recently started providing retinopathy of prematurity screening service. Since March 2013 Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Rawalpindi has conducted ROP screening at neonatal units of major hospitals of the city.

    Dr. Asad applying laser to a young infant with ROP

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    Italian Ambassador visits Al-Shifa Teleophthalmology project

    Under Pak Italian Debt Swap Arrangement, Govt of Italy has supported a three year project to establish and promote telemedicine for prevention and control of blindness in Pakistan. Under this project, Tele-Ophthalmology linkages and equipment have been established at all the four Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospitals of the country. Recently, Ambassador of Italy visited AST Eye Hospital, Rawalpindi to personally see the progress of the project. His Excellency Adriano Nails Cianfarani was taken around the hospital as well as to main Teleophthalmology establishment. The Teleophthalmology Hall at ASTEH Rawalpindi has been dedicated to PIDSA.

    HE Mr. Adriano Nails Cianfarani Ambassador of Italy at Teleophtahlmology Hall along with Mr. Nasir Ali Khan

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    Al-Shifa clinches best paper award in SAARC Conference

    Al-Shifa Trust made major contribution to recently held SAARC supported 16th Islamabad Congress of Ophthalmology at Bhurban Murree. Over 350 scientific research papers were presented at the conference by speakers from Pakistan and different parts of the world, like Argentina, UK and India. With over 1500 delegates, this was one of the largest national eye conferences. Delegates from Al-Shifa Trust presented 37 research papers. Dr. Hassan Mansoor from Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Rawalpindi was given the Residents Best Paper Award for his research paper on eye cancer. Readers will be interested to note that Hassan is grandson of late Gen. Jahan Dad Khan.

    AST Eye Hospital Muzaffarabad stepping towards excellence

    ASTEH Muzaffarabad is the latest of the Al-Shifa Trust eye hospitals. Within a short span, it has grown quite competitive, while attracting patients from all over Kashmir and adjoining Hazara belt. With an excellent building in a beautiful scenic background, it provides some of the diagnostic and surgical facilities which were previously not available in entire region. Latest cataract surgical treatment of phacoemulsification and YAG laser as well as latest treatment for diabetic eye disease- Argon Laser is now available in this hospital. We have also a capable team of surgeons who have completed their earlier specialist training at ASTEH Rawalpindi. These include Dr. Waqaruddin Durrani and Dr. Raheela Waqar.

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    ASTEH Muzaffarabad is also proud of being the first hospital of this area to conduct mass school screening of children. With second year of screening supported by Fred Hollows Australia in progress, over 20,000 children have been screened. Currently the construction of modern accommodation facilities for the staff is being carried out at a fast pace.

    Under construction building for hostel at Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital (ASTEH) MZD

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    ASTEH MZD conducts Screening of Ch