A two-day global health conference is being kicked off in Islamabad from 28th December, which is going to be attended by over 1,000 medical practitioners from all over the world.
Medics International (MI), a USA-based non-profit with its main focus on global relief and health care having footprint of its work in 55 countries, is organizing the conference being its 10th international convention.
The MI being a United Nations-accredited body has been providing humanitarian and health care work in countries like Burkina Faso, Haiti, Greece, Iraq, Tanzania, and Pakistan.
The upcoming convention will also mark the silver jubilee of the foundation of the MI by a group of like-minded expatriate Pakistani physicians in New York who were the graduates of medical colleges across Pakistan. The MI was founded at the basement of a residence in NY and quite soon it emerged as a global health care relief organization.
With participation of over a 1,000 medical professionals from United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Germany, Sweeden, Turkey, Iraq and UAE, the upcoming convention is going to be one of the biggest conferences Pakistan has ever seen on the subject of health care, medicine, and related fields.
There are several threads of the conference namely, Medical, Surgical, Pharmaceutical, Dental, Young Professionals Career Guidance and Women Wing axes.
Special Assistant to PM on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection Dr Sania Nishtar and Special Assistant to PM on Overseas’ Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari will be the guests of honours of the conference.
“Previously we have organized our global conventions in countries like the USA, Canada, the UK, Barbados, India, Iran, Iraq and now we are coming to Pakistan for the very first time after peace and security situation of our beloved native country has improved. It is now conducive to holding such international events” said MI founder Dr Wajih Rizvi who is also a senior endocrinologist and diabetologist based in the New Jersey.
“We will be having elaborated sessions on different fields of health care profession. There is a whole army of Global Medical Experts whose goal is to transfer the latest technology to Pakistan, train the trainers and facilitate a dialogue to benefit Pakistan, the region and the world at large ” said Dr Wajih Rizvi.
“One major focus of our conference will be career counselling for medical students and graduates in Pakistan to help them chose right paths for further education and practice. MI has been doing this for last 25 years,” he said.
He said that the conference would help modernize the public health sector of Pakistan especially the government-run basic health units and dispensaries.
A special part of the conference will be dedicated to discussing woman health and wellness issues.
Many social events will also be held on the sidelines of the conference such as a Mushaira featuring literary elites Iftekhar Arif, Dr Pirzada Qasim and Manzar Bhopali.