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Workshop 2: Affordable Healthcare 


The workshop on Affordable Healthcare  (held on 10th and 11th March 2020)  provided an opportunity for over 45 academics, healthcare professionals and policy makers to come together and explore innovative and affordable global healthcare 

solutions for Pakistan and the region. Topics included general health, gender inequalities in health, mental health and reproductive health as well as  low-cost healthcare solutions by using bioengineering and biomaterials, for varying clinical challenges including, bone, skin, nerve and management of wounds and injuries.

To view photos from this workshop, click here


To see selected speaker presentations from all three workshops, click here

Photo caption: (From Left to right) Prof. Ihtesham Rehman, Prof Sheila McNeil and Dr Parveen Ali.

Photo caption: All 'Affordable Healthcare' workshop participants. Attendees included Professor Ihtesham Rehman and Dr Parveen Ali (co-organisers); speakers included Professor Sheila McNeil (University of Sheffield), Professor John Haycock (University of Sheffield), Professor Nusrat Hussain (University of Manchester), Dr Rubeena Zakar (Punjab University), Professor Saul Haq, Dr Mustahseen Bahsir (King Edward Medical University - KEMU), and Dr. Mark Richardson (National Biofilms Innovation Centre, UK). Speakers highlighted various health challenges and their impact and possible ways forward.  



By the end of day two, six potential networks formally presented their ideas to the rest of the workshop. These included:


  • addressing gender based violence

  • health and wellbeing of working women

  • healthy brain through the life course

  • burns and their impact on mental health

  • adolescent health and wellbeing

  • bone, skin and nerve regeneration diagnosis

  • management of diabetic foot

  • breast cancer detection

Image caption: Alison Coborn from Common Purpose UK leading the consortia building process.


Dr Parveen Ali commented 

"There is a need to use an interdisciplinary approach to involve stakeholders such as health care professionals, mental health professionals, non-governmental organisations, policy makers and women themselves and this workshop is the first step in this direction” 

Professor Ihtesham Rehman said

"Through these workshops, we strive to address concerns by development of Pakistan-specific approaches, materials and methodologies for the development of low-cost high-quality sustainable medical solutions"


It is now hoped that the networks will continue to work together and form long lasting partnerships to help promote knowledge exchange, collaborative research and capacity building.

Photo caption: Participants with UKRI's Milorad Plavsic and Nicola Lowe with UPSIGN's Dr Parveen Ali.

Photo caption: Workshop participants busy brainstorming in the consortia building process.

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