Amir Khan is a leading public health professional with diverse experience in research, strategic planning, programme development, as well as implementation and management of projects/interventions. The range of his research work includes randomized controlled trial, policy reviews, prospective intervention studies, surveys, evaluation studies, qualitative studies, economic analysis, and stakeholder analysis. Many of the research work has already been published in peer reviewed journals including Lancet, Health Policy and Planning, IUATLD Journal, and Social Science Medicine. Currently he is coordinating a DFID supported five-year communicable disease research programme in Pakistan (April 2006- March 2011). The development experience includes: national and provincial level strategic planning, project formulation, development of interventions, systems and guidelines, as well as development of training materials for managers, care providers and communities. The management and project implementation experiences include: country director of rural health care delivery programme in three provinces of Pakistan (six years), multi-partner research activities with national disease control programmes, working linkages with overseas teaching institutions, and TB and malaria interventions in about fifty districts of Pakistan. Based on recognized performance in the field of public health, elected as a Chair of the IUATLD Health Systems Strengthening and TB Education Working Group (2001 – to date), Vice and then Chair of IUATLD TB Scientific Section (2003 – 2007), member of IUATLD Ethics Advisory Group (2003 – 2008), and member of Executive Board (2008 – to date). Since 2008, the University of Leeds has appointed him Senior Lecturer Public Health (honorary).
Dr. Salman Shahid graduated from King Edward Medical College, Lahore and later acquired post-graduate qualifications i.e. DMRT and MPH. He has also got Diplomas in Project Management and Human Resource Management to his credit.
He has served for more than 34 years in Government and private sector as well as international organizations. He has got diverse experience in public health, regulatory bodies, hospital management and medical education.
He served in provincial unified Health Department and later in Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Department in different capacities. He remained Additional Secretary Technical for more than seven years. Thus, he gained hands-on experience of laws, policies, rules and regulations.
During his career, he had the privilege to head four Government provincial level organizations. In this regard, he remained Program Manager, Punjab AIDS Control Program for almost six years. The other organizations headed by him included Punjab Medical Faculty, Strategic Management & Internal Policy Unit and Provincial HMIS Program. In addition, he also remained Project Manager, in a GFATM funded project in Punjab.
Dr. Salman Shahid had been actively involved in functions of a number of regulatory bodies in different capacities. These included Punjab Blood Transfusion Authority (as a member), Punjab Healthcare Commission (as a member of Technical Advisory Committee), Provincial Quality Control Board (as Vice Chairperson), Punjab Pharmacy Council (as Vice President), Punjab Medical Faculty (as Vice President as well as Secretary, PMF).
He was a regular member of a number of provincial committees including Provincial Admission Committee for undergraduate medical students, Post-Graduate Admission Committee, Corona Experts Advisory Committee etc.
Arshad Iqbal is a public health professional with main expertise and experience in delivering and managing health care at public and private sector hospitals and health care outlets. The health care delivery experience includes about seven years, as Medical Officer, at public and non-public hospitals. The management experience includes about three years as District Health Officer; and two years Head Medical and Hospital Supplies; and one year as Administrator Municipal Committee. The project management experience includes mainly: two-year as community Health Officer in a community health project with Greenstar, regional manager of GFATM MDR-TB project in six teaching hospitals of Punjab, and manager of GFATM malaria control project in 06 districts of Sindh and 10 districts of Baluchistan. Currently he is working as Programme Manager in GFATM PPM TB-DOTs project. As a manager he has been responsible for managing the project resources including supervising the team members, coordinating and planning the project activities, and liaison with the provincial programmes, federal programmes as well as district health officials and respective funding bodies.
Nida Khan is a public health professional/ economist with a decade of experience in research, development, implementation and management of healthcare interventions. The range of her research work includes design, conduct, analysis and dissemination of multiple research activities mostly cluster randomized controlled trials, economic evaluations and process evaluation studies on: a) Maternal and neonatal health, e) Tobacco cessation, b) Diabetes- Hypertension (CVD), c) Lung health (asthma & COPD), d) TB/ MDR-TB, e) Tobacco cessation, f) ECD (0-12months), g) ECD (13-24 months), h) Mental health of children and adults, i) Hepatitis. She has also been a member of the team responsible for developing contextualized intervention implementation products (guidelines, staff training and patient education) for various healthcare interventions on communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases and mental health. Her implementation experience includes: 4 years working as COMDIS-HSD Project Coordinator (a DFID supported research and development grant). As Coordinator she has been responsible for planning and managing the project activities and outputs as well as manage resources. She has also contributed in assisting the NCD/MH program to scale the evidence-based interventions in Punjab. She is also currently responsible for monitoring and evaluation of various projects such as: i) All-oral short term regimen for TB/ MDR-TB (WHO funded); ii) TB Survivor engagement (funded by STOP TB Partnership- CFCS grant); iii) Enhanced urban TB care in 13 districts of Pakistan by linking private clinics and labs with 3 types of private allied health providers and women vocational training opportunities (TB Reach- wave 7 grant); iv) Decentralized Hepatitis C care at primary healthcare facilities in 6 districts of Punjab (funded by The Hepatitis Fund); v) Integrated Diabetes Care at public healthcare facilities in 10 districts of Punjab.
Muhammad Ahmar Khan is a young qualified public health professional. The experience include: intervention development, project management, and evaluation of health care interventions. The intervention development experience includes his participation in: hepatitis care-package for public hospitals; mental health care intervention for MDR-TB patients; early child development at primary and secondary level public facilities; integrate thedelivery of birth-dose (HBV vaccine) into obstetric care at public facilities. The project management experience include: monitor and support Hepatitis C care at pilot hospitals; monitor and support MDR-TB care at selected teaching hospitals. The health care evaluation experience includes his significant contribution to design, collect and analyze data, also write-up of: two trials and multiple process evaluation studies; some of these have already been published.
Mr. Athar Nazir is a scientist with diverse more than twenty year experience of operational research, programme development, and project implementation and monitoring. His operational research experience includes: development, implementation and compiling of randomized controlled trial in Pakistan, conduct and compiling of two anthropological and an economic study on TB trial patients, survey of 104 health facilities in four districts of Pakistan, multi-method studies on treatment supporter and fixed-doze combination for TB patients, study on diagnosis of smear-negative tuberculosis, and capacity assessment of Anti-TB Association clinic network in Pakistan. His development experience includes: field-testing of guidelines and training and communication materials for TB, malaria and STI care providers and managers. He has also been a member of the team responsible for evaluating and refining the programme guidelines and materials. He has trained a number of provincial and district level master trainers for TB control programme. His implementation experience includes: operationalizing NTP case management guidelines at hospitals and rural health centers of twenty districts, operationalizing STI case management guidelines at selected health centers, operationalizing community mobilization for TB control in twenty districts, monitoring the project performance at facility and district levels, coordinating the ITN promotion intervention in rural areas of Islamabad.
In 2011 he had worked as regional coordinator in GFATM-supported projects i.e. i) Hospital DOTS Linkage (HDL) interventions to introduce and strengthen TB-DOTS in teaching hospitals in nine districts of Pakistan ii) Implementation of global drug funds project in 8 districts of AJK iii) From 2012-2014 working in Public-Private Mix Interventions for TB Control in 4 districts of KPK iii) from 2015 to date working in 4 districts of Punjab and 1 district federal capital.
As a regional coordinator- PPM, recently he has mainly been responsible for implementation of the project in his districts, coordinating with district health department, programme as well as district officials. He has two international level publications in the field of Malaria &Tobacco cessation. Received best outstanding performance award on achieving PPM targets from mercysorps in 2017 .
Ehsan Salahuddin is a public health professional, with a Master’s in Public Health. He has diverse experience in health sector related to project coordination, monitoring and evaluation, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, assessments and implementation. He is working with ASD as a Coordinator Implementation Support NCDs. Prior to ASD, he has worked with different health related National level projects including Polio Program, Health Facilities Audit Program and Punjab Nutrition Program. He was actively involved in providing solutions relevant to socio-cultural, environmental, financial and political frameworks of Pakistan. For completing these assignments, he has extensively travelled across different areas of Pakistan.
Farah Zafar is working as a Coordinator Implementation support Communicable diseases. She has a Master’s degree in Political Science and Gender & Women Studies. She has 9 years’ of multi- sectoral experience in the development sector. She has worked in different organizations on middle management level and has implemented different National and International donor funded projects with focus on community/social mobilization, health, education, livelihood and poverty alleviation, sanitation, health & hygiene and political structure. Farah is also experienced in research, monitoring and reporting.
Temoos Ahmad is a public health professional with diverse experience of 9 years in health sector related to project coordination, implementation, trainings, management, data analysis, monitoring & evaluation and human resource management. His experience includes mainly: programmatic support in Hospital DOTS Linkage (interventions to introduce and strengthen TB-DOTS) project at 23 hospitals of Islamabad, Punjab and KP, and support in MDR-TB project at 12 PMDT sites in Islamabad, Punjab and Muzaffarabad (AJK). Temoos is currently working with ASD as a Research Coordinator and is responsible for implementation of “All-oral shorter treatment regimens for multidrug- and rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis (MDR/RR-TB)” at twelve PMDT sites i.e. ten in Punjab, and one each in Islamabad and Muzaffarabad (AJK) districts.
Muhammad Ali has thirteen years experience of managing research and health care data at various organizations, including Population Council Islamabad. Currently he is responsible for: a) entering and cleaning health care data on patients who participated in four intervention trials; b) assisting the process evaluation of health care interventions, based on patient records; c) maintaining security of patient cards and computerized data sets; d) applying basic and advanced statistical methods for analyzing the data sets; e) assisting in interpretation of data and drafting of reports.
Naila Muzaffar is a qualified public health professional with 4 years of experience in the field. She has worked in various national and international projects focused on child & adolescent mental health, maternal nutrition and childhood respiratory illnesses. She has been involved in developing and adapting psychological interventions, evaluation of interventions through randomized control trials in the rural settings of Pakistan, coordinating and planning different research activities. She is skilled in conducting training workshops, carrying out both quantitative and qualitative interviews, data analysis, writing proposals, reports and translation of manuscripts. She is currently working with ASD as research associate where her primary responsibilities include data management and quality assurance in the new oral regimen of Tuberculosis in Pakistan for public health care facilities.
Alina Rashid is a qualified professional with over 5 years of experience in public health field. She has worked in various projects focused on early child development, maternal health & adolescent mental health. She has extensive experience of participating in the design, conduct and evaluation of healthcare interventions including randomized controlled trial and process evaluation, and collecting, compiling and analyzing quantitative and qualitative health care research data. Presently, she is working with ASD as a research coordinator where her responsibilities include overseeing research components of various projects. She is also actively involved in the implementation of a technology-assisted preventive TB treatment project.
Rabab Sakina holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Bahria University Islamabad and an MPhil. degree in Development Studies program from Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE). She is a young professional in the early stages of her career with over 2 years of experience in research. Currently, she is working as a Research Associate in ASD. The range of her work includes design, conduct, and analysis of qualitative and mixed-method studies, as well as assisting implementation of projects by coordinating with the field staff and reviewing data. Her research work includes studies on maternal mental health and women in health care. She is also actively involved in the implementation of CFCS – DRTB Survivor Engagement project at ASD.
Mr. Muhammad Arqam Siddiqui is qualified Finance & HR person, with area of expertise in budgeting, finance & accounts, conduction of internal audits, conducting and undertaking analytical reviews, identifying reviewing and evaluating audit evidences, financial reporting to donors, financial policies and procedures & human resource management, for more than 15 years experience of working at various levels in different organizations. He had an extensive experience of external audits in different organizations during his tenure of ICAP articles of 4 years, has also attained member ship from Institute of Internal audit (USA) in year 2004, also attained MBA degrees in Finance & Human Resource. He had been working in different managerial capacities for more than 12 years in APPNA SEHAT, which is subsidiary of Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America.
Mr. Shafaat Hussain is qualified manager, with more than 20 years of relevant managerial experience. The vast areas of experience include: accounting, procurement and supply chain management, storage and inventory management, forecasting and scheduling, transport management, equipment and hardware management including maintenance, event management such as workshops and conference, managing accommodation and security for in-country and overseas personnel etc. Currently he is heading the administration and logistics section in the Association with an annual budget of around PKR: 200 million.
Muhammad has been working with ASD in various programmes i.e. Global Fund, National TB Program (NTP), Provincial TB Program (PTP), Public Private Mix (PPM). He looks after the provision and maintenance of ten different kinds of vehicle. He has actively contributed to 12 PMDT sites in Punjab. He also assists in the administrative activities of the PMDT sites ( all over Punjab) for MDR-TB.