Continuing Education Programme
Across the developing
world, managers and mid-level professionals engaged in health and social
development sectors are faced with complex administrative and organisational
challenges related to planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes and
projects. In Pakistan, there are only a few community-oriented, problem-focused
and pragmatic professional training and capacity building programmes that can
provide these professionals with the conceptual knowledge, professional skills
and technical expertise to effectively address complex operational issues.
The Continuing Education
Programme is a response by the Department of Community Health Sciences at
Aga Khan University, to address this critical need of Pakistan and other
countries in the region. The programme began in 1994 and offers short
courses, ranging from 6 to 20 days in duration. Over the last 20 years, it has
trained 3173 national and international health and development professionals in
core, on-request, grant-based, and follow-up training courses. These courses
have been conducted both within and outside Pakistan.
Over the years, there
has been an increasing participation of international candidates from
developing countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Tajikistan, Sudan, Syria,
and Afghanistan. There has also been an increase in enrollment from government
agencies, and other NGOs working in Pakistan.
The overall goal of the Continuing Education
Programme is to contribute to professional excellence in the health sector through
the provision of short courses that develop personal and organisational
capacity to effectively assess and address inequities in health and social
determinants of health.
This programme is particularly useful for
mid-level health and development workers, managers, researchers and planners
working at different levels in government, NGOs, and international agencies. It
is designed to benefit the participants, their parent organisations, programmes
and the target populations they serve.