Dr. Maqsood Ahmad
Maqsood Ahmad is a leading professional in the field of public health education, research and health systems development. He has served as a senior member (professor) of the faculty of community medicine as well as public health practice and administration for about 15 years. In recognition of his meritorious services as faculty member, he was appointed Dean of the Institute of Public Health Lahore . His main contribution, as Dean of the Institute for about three years, includes: improving the quality of ongoing post-graduate courses, developing and introducing new courses (masters) in maternal and child health as well as hospital management, initiating infra-structural development for better facilities to students and staff, creating staff development opportunities, and linking the research projects to real life health service problems. In addition he has been a member Board of Studies at University of Punjab, University of Health Sciences Lahore, and Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad, and member Governing Body of Punjab Medical Faculty Lahore. In research, he has been a lead researcher in many national and provincial surveys/studies including: malaria perceptions and services study in Pakistan ; survey of arsenic prevalence in Punjab, prevalence of iodine deficiency disorders in Punjab, and inventory updating survey of EPI services in Punjab . He has also been a key member of project evaluation exercises including: Health Care Development Project in Pakistan , and TBA training programme in Punjab . He is author and co-author in multiple reports and publications. His experience in health systems development includes: participation in working group responsible for: developing strategic plans for TB and malaria control programmes, developing guidelines and training materials for TB and malaria control programmes, currently being used for countrywide implementation of DOTS and RBM programmes. Since 2005, he has been working with the Association. Currently he is heading the Tobacco control support unit in the Association. The Unit is currently engaged in: a) assisting the national program in developing a strategic plan for tobacco control in Pakistan, b) designing and conducting a multi-center randomized controlled trial on tobacco cessation intervention in Pakistan, and c) assisting the program to develop a district based model for smoke free home intervention. In addition he also provides technical support for development related with the Association research or implementation interventions.
Dr. Muhammad Arif Munir
M.Sc (Pak), M.Sc (UK), DLSHTM (UK), Ph.D. (UK)
Dr. Muhammad Arif Munir is Medical Parasitologist and Vector Biologist. His major scientific work is on parasitic diseases (leishmaniasis, malaria, intestinal parasites, hydatidosis and house dust mites). He has wide experience in programme management, research and development. As a Director National Malaria Control Programme (2000 – 2004) he was responsible for formulating policies, developing strategic and programme plans, providing technical leadership and supervisory support to the provincial programmes, building partnership with development and implementing partners, coordinating and monitoring programme implementation activities in the country. As Senior Researcher at Pakistan Medical Research Council (1982 – 1999), he has a rich experience of: a) developing research proposals, b) designing, planning and conducting surveys and studies, c) disseminating research through publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national and international forums, d) enabling partners to conduct quality research, e) management and supervision of parasitology and vector biology laboratories. He has been working as Lead Professional for DFID supported communicable disease research programme (COMDIS) in Pakistan. In partnership with disease control programmes, he is responsible for designing, planning, managing and disseminating at least three research projects every year. He has worked as consultant on in-country and overseas assignments.
Dr. Haroon Jehangir Khan
MBBS, BSc, MPH, MA (HMPP), FRIPH
Dr. Haroon Jehangir Khan is a healthcare management, public health and health systems specialist with 23 years of appreciable & relatable track record and extensive operational experience of major tiers of healthcare sector in the country. As Deputy Secretary & Chief Public Health Coordination Officer in Punjab Health Secretariat (1997-2002), he remained focal oversight person for developing conceptual tools and operational ways & means for the new district based governance system; various levels of human resource development & planning including under-graduate and post-graduate training of doctors and paramedics within and outside Pakistan; Coordinate & facilitate the capacity building of teaching & research institutions, Technical inputs for the health sector reform process in the province, and Coordinated the feasibility study for the establishment of the University of Health Sciences, Punjab. Dr. Jehangir, as Deputy DG Health (Nutrition), Ministry of Health, was the first national manager for the Nutrition and NCD Control Programs (2002-2005). He was t eam leader for designing and operationalizing multi-partner countrywide interventions for nutrition and NCDs; formulation of 1 st “National Nutrition Strategic Framework”; formulation of “National Fortification Alliance” (NFA); development of “Pakistan Country Proposal” to seek GAIN funding for Food Fortification Program; development of curriculum “Nutrition & Health” for Lady Health Workers. He also served as Deputy DG Health (Primary Healthcare) and National Coordinator of the National Program for Family Planning & Primary Healthcare (LHWs Program 2005-2007). The LHW program remains the largest Community Based Initiative of the Government of Pakistan that addresses health-at-door step with core focus on maternal & child health and contributing towards MDGs 4 & 5. Besides formulating national policies & strategic guidelines for the LHWs Program, Dr. Jehangir was also National Project Director: MOH-UNFPA Project under UNFPA 7 th Country Program & the joint ADB-MOH RH Project and focal point for integration between Health and Population Welfare Ministries. He coordinated the development of “Maternal & Neonatal Health Care”. Refresher course for Lady Health Workers & Guidelines for Trainers (through multi-partner inputs); supervised compilation of the Annual Report of Director General Health (2003-2005) Government of Pakistan; and remained member of the technical advisory group that steered the inception of the National MNCH Program of the Ministry of Health. He also co-authored the MNCH component of the “ Health Indicators of Pakistan- Gateway Paper-II. a Heartfile Publication in collaboration with MOH & WHO.
Nayyar Ghias Khokhar
Nayyar Ghias is a public health manager with main expertise and experience in managing hospitals, general health services, and health care projects. The hospital management experience includes two years at teaching hospital at Lahore and about three years at secondary level hospital i.e. district level. The general health services management experience includes about two years as deputy police surgeon, five years with health services in Saudi Arabia , and seven years of care delivery in Punjab . Since 2005 he has been working as a Project manager with the Association. The project management experience includes about three years of coordinating the project planning, implementing and monitoring in sixteen districts of Punjab . Through these projects, public sector health services were strengthened for implementing TB and malaria care as per national program guidelines. The inputs included planning, staff training, supplement material and supplies, and enhanced supervision and monitoring. Since last quarter of 2007 has been managing a GFATM-supported advocacy, communication and social mobilization (ACSM) project in nine districts of Pakistan . As a project manager, he has mainly been responsible for managing the project resources, running an office (in Lahore ), and coordinating with provincial health department, programme as well as district officials.