Impact
 


Impact

Many students, trained through the UHP, have chosen public health as their career, some after completing their clinical residencies in North America. A number of nursing graduate students and CHS faculty, trained through the UHP are now serving in reputable national and international organisations and universities. The programme has served as a model for other academic institutions to develop a community-oriented medical curriculum. The national Lady Health Worker Programme was piloted after the UHP. Community mobilisation has empowered communities to have a common platform on issues. In 2008, the UHP phased out from Hijrat Colony as the community was ready to take over and sustain most of the health and development activities on its own.

The UHP has developed a number of effective linkages with:

  • The Ministry of Health's Expanded Programme of Immunization, for vaccination, capacity building and development of information material;
  • Family Planning Association of Pakistan for contraceptive supplies and information material;
  • Sindh Education Foundation for funding and technical support for the community-based schools;
  • Export Processing Zone and other philanthropists for the rehabilitation of handicapped children.

The UHP has been recognised by WHO's grant for Universities in Solidarity for the Health of Disadvantaged Communities (UNISOL) (www.who.int/mip2001/files/2362/UNISOL.pdf). 

A manual for health care providers in squatter settlements of Karachi was also developed in this regard (Rabbani F. eds, 2003, "Manual for Community Health Care Providers", WHO UNISOL Project. Dept. of Community Health Sciences. ISBN: 969-8073-03-7).