The Outreach and Research Programme of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health has nine community-based field sites across Pakistan (including five in Karachi) and focuses on research for the betterment of women and child health. The Department has a Nutritional Research Laboratory as well as an Infectious Disease Research Laboratory that caters to the needs of its research projects. It has well-acclaimed work to its credit both at the national and international level.
The department is carrying out a research study titled “Capsule endomicroscopy for visualization of the small intestine in EED population in Pakistan” which will be conducted in the Matiari district. The primary aim of this study is to visualize the gastrointestinal mucosa of healthy and malnourished children using a tethered capsule device that utilizes advanced imaging technology, which would not require general anesthesia and can be done through a simple NG tube in an unsedated child.