New Research Centres to be Launched in Pakistan and Afghanistan


by Seemab Chaudhary

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Aga Khan University (AKU) and the University of York have been reported to join hands to launch a new research centre that aims to enhance mental and physical health in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

There are some non-communicable diseases that need more attention. This centre will help to deal with NCDs, such as diabetes, heart conditions, depression, anxiety, etc. It is globally funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) AND the Department of Health and Social Care, UK.

Researchers have come up with a new plan of £7.6m initiatives that can help to develop, embed, and test evidence-based treatments to address NCDs. The new centre will be launched and based at the University of York and AKU. It will help to engage with patients and families through Community Advisory Panels, to conduct and design research findings.


“These new Centres are truly ground-breaking – it’s the first time we’ve seen anything like this level of investment in non-communicable disease research in low-and-middle-income countries and we’re excited to see the advances that the next five years will bring,” said Professor Faith Osier, President of the International Union of Immunological Societies and Chair of the NIHR Global Health Research Centre funding Committee.

Additionally, Dr. Zainab Sarmad who is a professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicines at AKU and Director of the Centre for impact shared that “Contextual research for non-communicable diseases that are locally led is a priority for the Centre and necessary to the development of the next generation of research leaders in Pakistan and Afghanistan”.

On 1st November 2022, the new Centre will be more likely to be launched officially at an event in Islamabad.

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