On Tuesday, 29th March 2022, The Health Services Academy (HSA), a public sector university in Pakistan signed an agreement with the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU). According to the agreement, HSA will be helping enhance the capacity of 12 Muslim countries in Africa in the health sector.
The agreement was signed by Dr. Shahzad Ali Khan who is the Vice-Chancellor of HSA and Dr. Ismail Simbwa Rector of IUIU. The Islamic University of Uganda was set up by OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) in order to deal with 12 African countries.
According to the agreement, HSA will support the 12 countries of Africa by supporting health institutions to carry out clinical trials for the development of new drugs. The Resource Linkage Programme of OIC and IDB (Islamic Development Bank) will provide financial funding to Health Services Academy that will use its own tech resources to achieve the goal.
The Vice Chancellor HSA said, “after the HSA had become a member of the Standing Committee for Scientific and Technological Cooperation, one of the four standing committees of the OIC dedicated to the promotion of science and technology among member states, it was envisioned through an agreement in September that the academy would play a leading role in promoting public health in the 12 African countries.”
A statement issued by HSA said: “It’s a matter of great pride for the Pakistani nation that a public organization of the government of Pakistan is going to support various African countries through its technical competence and vast experience in public health. The translation of this multinational technical support shall be brought to reality through an agreement inked between IUIU based in Kampala, Uganda, and the HSA.”
During the signing ceremony, Prof. Ismail Simbwa thanked and lauded HSA’s efforts during COVID-19 in Pakistan.