PPHI Sindh establishes Institutional Review Board (IRB)

PPHI Sindh's Research Wing held an introductory meeting of Institutional Review Board (IRB) on 19th July 2019 at PPHI Sindh's Head office, Karachi. The objective of the meeting was to introduce IRB members with each other, to provide the scope of work and achievements of PPHI Sindh so far. Also, to introduce PPHI Sindh's research and senior management and to confirm the IRB Policy and its guidelines.

Mr. Abdul Wahab Soomro, CEO PPHI Sindh, chaired the meeting and gave a presentation on introduction of PPHI Sindh including its progress and achievements since its inception.

Dr. Zamir Hussain Suhag, Director Research presented on rationales and objectives to establish Research Wing and also shared its various research achievements and future activities.

Dr. Owais Raza, Deputy Director Research, spoke about the policy, guidelines and essential elements of ethical requirements for a research proposal. He shared the relevant documents to be utilized by the IRB, after which a thorough discussion was held on the road map of IRB workflow.

The meeting was also attended by other relevant PPHI Sindh team members, including Dr. Zaib Dar (Senior Technical Advisor), Dr Ayaz Baloch (Deputy Director Training & Capacity Building), Mr. Asher Feroze (Senior Manager Data Management Unit) and Ms. Shafaq Fahad (Deputy Director Media and Communication Affairs).

PPHI Sindh has nominated Professor Dr. Nusrat Shah, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at DUHS for the position of IRB Chairperson. Other committee members include:

1. Dr. Sajid Bashir Soofi
Associate Director, Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health,
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Aga Khan University

2. Mr. Ashfaq Ali Shah
Former Director General, Population Welfare Department, Sindh, Pakistan

3. Ms. Arusa Lakhani
Assistant Professor, President, Midwifery Association of Pakistan,
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Aga Khan University

4. Dr. Kashif Shafique
Associate Professor, Research Department, Dow University of Health Sciences

5. Dr. Shiraz Shaikh
Associate Professor, APPNA Institute of Public Health, Jinnah Sind Medical University

6. Dr. Kamran Iqbal
Medical Expert, Sindh Healthcare Commission

7. Ms. Samina Bakthawar( IRB Secretary)
Master Trainer, PPHI Sindh

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