CHS Grants

CHS new grants and contracts totaling to over US$ 1,700,000

Community Health Sciences is proud to announce new grants and contracts totalling to over US$ 1,700,000. Congratulations to the entire CHS team and our partners for making this great achievement possible.

The Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research (Senior Foreign Investigator Omrana Pasha) has received second year funding of US$ 1,080,000. This includes US$ 420,000 for the Mental Health Programme in Afghanistan . That work focuses on training doctors and nurses from Afghanistan in an MSc with a mental health emphasis, to return to that country to work in the Ministry of Public Health, working to improve community mental health services through the CHW programme. This mental health work is in strong collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry and Aga Khan University School of Nursing. The remaining $660,000 has been granted for the following projects:

  • Ongoing maternal newborn health registry in 16 union councils in Thatta district;
  • A cluster randomised trial of emergency obstetrical and newborn care for reducing maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in the Thatta district;
  • A cluster randomised trial of use of meat as a first weaning food to ameliorate stunting in the urban slums of Karachi (this project is being conducted in collaboration with the City District Government of Karachi ).

​Dr Omrana Pasha has also received US$ 53,705 as third year funding from the US National Institutes of Health for the ongoing randomised control trial Brain Research to Ameliorate Impaired Neurodevelopment: Home-based Intervention Trial. This trial is being conducted in collaboration with AKU's Human Development Programme.

CHS along with Abt Associates was awarded a USAID grant to do secondary analysis of the recently completed Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey and for conducting related policy work. That work (US$ 250,000) will be directed by Dr Mehtab Karim.

Dr Shehla Zaidi has been awarded a US$ 238,000 grant from the Norwegian Embassy for the DOH Sindh, Feasibility Study on Result Based Funding Mechanisms for MNCH in Sindh. This is collaborative project between the Department of Community Health Sciences and the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Dr Romaina Iqbal has been awarded CAD 63,000 as seed grant for setting up a prospective study investigating transition in lifestyle and its association with chronic disease outcomes in the rural versus the urban population of Sindh. The title of the study is Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiological study (PURE) funded by Hamilton Health Sciences, Canada . This is a collaboration with Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University , Canada . CHS will collaborate with the cardiology section of the Department of Medicine, AKU on this grant.

Dr Babar T. Sheikh received a grant of US$ 65,000 from International Family Planning Leadership programme CA, US through Packard for a pilot training of distric

and provincial managers and reps of NGOs involved in RH/FP service delivery.​​