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Aga Khan University (AKU)

The Aga Khan University Medical College was established in 1983, as a part of the Aga Khan University’s Faculty of Health Sciences in Karachi, Pakistan.

Aga Khan UniversityHealth related research has always been a high priority activity of AKU, the Medical College’s over-arching theme is 'Social and Economic Determinants of Health' (SEDOH). Research in AKU’s Medical College spans many disciplines but particularly emphasises problems of the developing world, such as investigation of the causes and treatment of childhood diarrhoea, studies of the immunological characteristics of tuberculosis and leprosy, and community-based health systems development.

The team in Pakistan are led by Dr Romaina Iqbal, Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences. Dr Iqbal's interests include:

  • assessment of diet and physical activity in adult and child populations
  • diabetes, CVD, bone health and other related chronic diseases
  • food insecurity in South Asian population

Dr Iqbal is supported by a project team consisting of:

  • Dr Iqbal Azam, Co-investigator, Assistant Professor (Bio-statistician):
  • Yaser Arafat, Grants Manager
  • Tayyaba Rizvi, Research Coordinator
  • Dr Narjis Rizvi, Researcher

The study site in Pakistan is Azam Basti which is located in Jamshed Town, Karachi.

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