Research and Projects
The Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University, has an active programme of Research and Development (R&D). Research can be defined as creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humanity, culture and society, while development may be considered as a result of some earlier research activity and aim to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged sections of the community. The CHS research and development strategy promotes a culture of all faculty and students contributing to R&D activities, and emphasises field based PHC research in urban and rural settings with particular attention to Reproductive Health. CHS aims to build new capacity (clinical epidemiology and environmental health) and promote collaborations both within AKU and externally. In 2004/2005 CHS was leading in over 30 active R&D projects, and collaborating on a variety of others. Funding came from various sources, both internal from AKU and from national and international donors.
The current portfolio of research and development activities within CHS address the ten key areas identified by the Ministry of Health of the Government of Pakistan at the National Health Conference held in Islamabad on August 10, 2004. These are detailed below.