On December 31, 2019, IMI’s Dr. Wajih Rizvi, AVM (Ret) Razi Nawab, Ms. Sakina Rizvi, Mr. Zaigham Zaheer and Dr Ehtesham Abidi (President, UMAA, Washington DC) met with Minister of Health, the Honorable Dr. Zafar Mirza to discuss our recent 10th International conference as well as potential ways to collaborate to enhance health services in Pakistan. A site visit to the Shah Allah Ditta Clinic was also undertaken as one potential site for IMI's assistance on the Ministry's pilot Primary Health Center program. Assessments and discussions are still underway.Later that same afternoon, the team also met with the Hon. Zulfiqar Bukhari, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development and continued conversations regarding specific programs that the office could partner with IMI on. Additional discussions underway regarding possible joint ventures and trainings.
On January 2, 2020, IMI HQ's Dr. Wajih Rizvi, Ms. Sakina Rizvi, Mrs. Rahimeen Jafri and Mr. Zaigham Zaheer met with Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Honorable Dr. Sania Nishtar to discuss our recent 10th International conference as well as potential ways to improve social services for Pakistanis. The meeting continued with additional discussions on how IMI can provide assistance, with one such avenue being that of convening like minded NGOs to ensure effective and efficient work--something IMI had already begun. This initiative, Cooperation for Health, Education, and Welfare (CHEW) was one of the outcomes of the NGO Brainstorming and a formal conveying with the Ministry is being explored for a future date as well. Beyond increased academic collaborations (like that between the University of Kufa and Aga Khan University), additional outcomes for the conference including moving forward work for the Sadiq International University Project, with several potential colleges and campuses through phased development.
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