Ziauddin University

Dr. Aijaz Fatima Women & Children Centre

Dr. Aijaz Fatima Women & Children Centre

Dr. Aijaz Fatima Women & Children Centre outlines a strategic direction focused on advancing research with the provision of quality care and accessible treatment to women and children. The Centre aims to identify priority healthcare issues for optimal health care in the community and at Ziauddin Hospitals, underpinned with the University’s research strength for solutions. The cutting-edge research in relevant fields such as Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Nursing, Public health, and Family Medicine with respect to mother and child care will contribute to the advancements in women and child healthcare practices. Additionally, the Centre is committed to provide treatment to the underprivileged at a low cost, ensuring that healthcare services remain affordable and accessible to all through E-health and Telemedicine in the remote areas as well.  Advancing healthcare services intertwined with research in the priority areas would  definitely make a difference and promote better outcomes, with an impact for control and policymaking. The additional approaches of Electronic data capture with disease-based Registries would generate meaningful data that allows for population based studies to prioritise, understand, and address women and child health challenges in Pakistan.

About - Dr. Aijaz Fatima

Dr. Aijaz Fatima 
Founder, Dr. Ziauddin Hospital
(Dec 31, 1926 – May 27, 2021)

Dr. Aijaz Fatima was a pioneering figure in the medical community, embodying a relentless commitment to providing quality healthcare to women and children in Pakistan.

Throughout her illustrious career, Dr. Aijaz Fatima demonstrated unwavering passion and dedication to her profession. She played a pivotal role in establishing healthcare facilities and services along with her husband, Dr. Tajamul Hussain, starting from a small maternity home and emergency centre in Nazimabad, Karachi. This required a lot of effort but Dr. Aijaz Fatima and Dr. Tajamul Hussain remained enthusiastic about their mission and courageously faced any hurdle they came across. Because of their sheer devotion and commitment, the maternity home and emergency centre evolved into the renowned Ziauddin Group of Companies. This group encompasses tertiary care Hospitals, Community-based projects, and a University, all of which are dedicated to the promotion of healthcare and education in Pakistan.

Dr. Aijaz Fatima’s legacy extends beyond her professional achievements. She was deeply committed to her father’s vision of empowering women through education and healthcare. Her tireless efforts in providing medical care to women and children, even in the face of challenging circumstances, exemplify her dedication to humanitarian causes.

Vision

We envision to cater excellence in advancing women and child healthcare through community-focused services, innovative medical practices, and cutting-edge research.

Mission

We aspire to advance clinical practices and enhance medical knowledge  intertwined with impactful research for women and child health. Promote quality  health care at an affordable cost with the identification of pressing health issues and address challenges in the underserved community with a way forward through electronic health in remote areas.

Objectives
  • To excel in women and child health care through optimal clinical and community services at equitable rates. 
  • To develop Electronic databases/ Registries in order to identify the prevalence and real time problems faced by the community in relevance to women and child care. 
  • To conduct cutting-edge research for the development of effective  diagnostic tools, treatment modalities, and preventive strategies for maternal and child health issues.
  • To collaborate with other healthcare providers and community organisations to ensure comprehensive care and support for national and global perspectives. 
  • To enhance the competencies of Healthcare providers and researchers through professional development and capacity building.

Ziauddin University and Dr. Ziauddin Hospital, situated in Karachi, Pakistan, represent a distinguished institution recognised for its commitment to excellence in both healthcare provision and academic endeavours. The establishment is renowned for its unwavering dedication to delivering outstanding medical services and fostering a conducive environment for educational advancement.

Within Ziauddin Hospital, a convergence of state-of-the-art facilities and a cadre of proficient healthcare practitioners enables the delivery of specialised care across a wide spectrum of medical disciplines. Complementing the hospital’s pivotal role, Ziauddin University stands as a preeminent centre of learning, renowned for its academic rigour and pioneering research initiatives. Offering a diverse array of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes encompassing medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and allied health sciences, the university nurtures a cadre of students equipped with the requisite knowledge, skills, and ethical framework requisite for impactful contributions to the healthcare sector. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative endeavours with Ziauddin Hospital, students are afforded invaluable opportunities for hands-on clinical exposure and engagement in cutting-edge research endeavours, thereby fostering a culture of innovation, professionalism, and ethical conduct.

Collectively, Ziauddin University and Hospital form a dynamic symbiotic entity wherein compassionate patient care harmonises with academic excellence, propelling advancements in healthcare delivery and shaping the future landscape of medicine.

Dr. Asim Hussain (SI, NI)
Dr. Asim Hussain (SI, NI),
Chancellor, Ziauddin University 
Chairman, Dr. Ziauddin Hospital

Ziauddin University was established to spread knowledge globally and empower Pakistan’s youth with international-standard education. We have made significant strides in this journey, providing high quality education in over fifty fields and pioneering digitalization in healthcare. We have brought digitalization not only to academia but also to healthcare. Our prominent accomplishments include introducing Pakistan’s first virtual reality dental simulators, Anatomage, and the Cyclotron Vault Building, which has elevated the healthcare sector. 

Our latest step forward, the launch of the “Dr. Aijaz Fatima Women & Children Centre,” fills me with immense pride. This centre outlines a strategic direction focused on advancing research in women and child health, providing accessible treatment to women and children, and leveraging our research strengths to address high-risk pregnancies. We aim to contribute to advancements in women and child healthcare practices through cutting-edge research in Paediatrics, Nursing and Midwifery to provide subsidised treatment for the underprivileged.

Our vision is to excel in advancing women and child healthcare through community-focused services, innovative medical practices, and cutting-edge research, ultimately enhancing medical knowledge and skills. We are committed to make a positive impact on women’s and children’s health and well being.

Dr. Aijaz Fatima Women & Children Centre is a significant milestone in our journey, and we are dedicated to making a meaningful difference in the lives of women and children in Pakistan.

Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho
Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho
Minister for Health
Government of Sindh

It is a pleasure to know about the remarkable initiative by Ziauddin University and Dr. Ziauddin Hospitals to establish the Aijaz Fatima Women & Children Centre, holding immense potential for the way forward in women and child health with wide coverage for the identification of challenges and solutions. It is expected that shaping evidence-based medicine will provide optimal care to the underserved, which will generate actionable insights and evidence for targeted interventions and policymaking. This consortium of multidisciplinary teams operating under the umbrella of AFWCC would definitely amplify health care services by creating research-based evidence.

The Centre’s vision aligns with the national mission to prioritise the health issues of women and children. Advancing healthcare services with an added research perspective through hospital and community engagement would bring about a change that is expected to be reflective in the outcome and performance. Moreover, the commitment to low-cost quality care and the extension of services to far-flung areas through E-health and Telemedicine are also very commendable.

The availability of strong infrastructure and Clinical team of experts, along with the dedicated researchers at Ziauddin University, would definitely augment the quality of health care services. Working in collaboration with Government and Non-Governmental organisations to comprehensively address the healthcare needs of women and children in our population will have an additive effect. Conclusively, I am confident that the Dr. Aijaz Fatima Women & Children Centre will make a difference and promote affordable, quality healthcare underpinned by rigorous research for solutions.

Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta
Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta  
Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health & Policy 
SickKids Centre for Global Child Health,
Toronto, Canada

It gives me the greatest pleasure to pen a few words at the inauguration of the Dr. Aijaz Fatima Women and Children Centre under the auspices of Ziauddin University. Dr. Shereen and I had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Aijaz Fatima and her dedication to serving the poor women and families of Karachi, and we witnessed firsthand her enormous contribution to supporting quality health services for the poor and middle-class populations of Karachi. 

Moving to Pakistan in the middle of her medical education from the famous Lady Hardinge Medical College in Delhi, she completed her medical education from Dow Medical College in 1951 and subsequently trained and served at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre in Karachi. In memory of her illustrious father, Dr. Sir Ziauddin Ahmad, one of the founders of the Aligarh movement and a three term Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University, she established the Dr. Ziauddin Hospital in North Nazimabad in 1975 and helped oversee its growth to several campuses and an outstanding Medical University. 

Pakistan has some of the worst health and nutrition indicators for women and children in both rural and urban settings, and universities and teaching hospitals bear a huge burden of responsibility for training the human resources needed for the provision of quality services. The Centre for Women and Children’s Health in Dr. Aijaz Fatima’s name is a most appropriate gesture by her family and well-wishers in extending her legacy. I pray fervently for its success, and had my dearest departed Shereen been alive, I am sure she would have been at the forefront of offering her assistance and services to the Centre’s mission. May Allah grant all the Ziauddin University faculty and staff, and especially Dr. Aijaz Fatima’s immediate family, all success and “barakah” in this endeavour, Aameen. 

Dr. Rubina Hussain
Dr. Rubina Hussain, 
MBBS, FCPS, FRCOG, and PHD Scholar
Daughter of Dr. Tajamul Hussain and Dr. Aijaz Fatima

In Loving Memory of Dr. Aijaz Fatima

Today marks a momentous occasion as we inaugurate the Dr. Aijaz Fatima Women and Children Centre—an initiative inspired by the enduring legacy of my beloved mother.

She was not only a dedicated doctor but also a compassionate soul whose unwavering resolve was to serve the well-being of women and children. Her persistent commitment to serving her community and providing quality healthcare to those in need was truly remarkable. 

Both my parents worked tirelessly to establish Dr. Ziauddin Hospital in 1957 in Karachi, Pakistan. Patient care was their top priority, and they soon established a good reputation. Not only this, but they were also devoted parents, never neglecting their role; they were always there for children, friends and family.

This message is to honour her memory and as we celebrate the opening of this centre bearing her name, I am filled with deep gratitude and pride. This centre stands as a testament to her enduring spirit and her belief in the importance of accessible healthcare for all.

Dr. Aijaz Fatima was passionate about healthcare. Her dedication extended to the empowerment and advancement of women. She had a profound vision for improving education, nursing and healthcare. 

She recognised the pivotal roles of nurses in delivering quality patient care. Dr. Fatima was deeply committed to enhancing their skills, knowledge, and professional development, acknowledging their significant contribution to the healthcare sector.                      

May this centre continue to embody the values and compassion that defined Dr. Aijaz Fatima’s legacy. Let us honour her memory by ensuring that her vision of care and kindness lives on through the work we do here.

With love and remembrance.

COLLABORATING PARTNERS AT ZIAUDDIN UNIVERSITY

A multidisciplinary team at Ziauddin University consisting of the following departments is participating with the aim of taking forward the mission of Dr. Aijaz Fatima as a tribute to her outstanding services and passion.

RESEARCH AND MOLECULAR MEDICINE
Prof. Dr. Talat Mirza 
MBBS, MPhil, PhD
Executive Director Research, Meritorious Professor, & HOD Molecular Medicine
Core Representative of AFWCC 

The Research Department is a directorate to form a central hub for all research activities by the faculty of health sciences that participate in the policymaking, governance, oversight, and conduct of research processes across ZU. In this regard, there has been a phenomenal upgradation of the multidisciplinary high technology research laboratories, with a striking uplift in structured postgraduate teaching and training programmes. Clinical evidence-based research is promoted to investigate disease trends and risk factors, generating data for preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic strategic planning. The era of precision medicine and personalised therapy has emerged due to technological advances with insight into the molecular genetic mechanisms of diseases. Rooted in our commitment to excellence in education and research, we are at the forefront of the rapidly evolving field of molecular medicine, focusing on the investigation of diseases at the molecular level. By bridging the gap between basic science and clinical practice, we aim to produce a new generation of physician scientists who are equipped for the advancement of medical knowledge and the improvement of patient care pertaining to women and child health at AFWCC. Based on genetic and molecular profiling, the research would be focused on personalised treatment approaches for evidence-based solutions. Furthermore, we will provide training to healthcare professionals, researchers, and students and collaborate with other partner departments within the women and children centre, as well as external research institutions and organisations. 

We are planning to set up Cardiovascular risk assessment clinics for perimenopause and postmenopausal women. Epidemiological and Clinical research will be promoted through the Research Department with support in the planning and development of research proposals to generate data for public health support and control of diseases. It will accelerate the advancement of knowledge to favour the promotion of health, improvement of care, and quality of life for women and children.

PUBLIC HEALTH
Dr. Shahkamal Hashmi
MBBS, MS, MPH, PhD
Principal, College of Public Health
Core Representative of AFWCC

The College of Public Health runs Masters in Public Health Programme in two streams and is extensively involved in research and primary  health intervention advocacy in areas of nutrition, maternal and child health, health policy and systems, governance in healthcare, and community mental health.

Our vision states that every mother and child should have access to primary health care services, such as safe delivery practices, prenatal care, and evidence-based treatments for sickness prevention and treatment. Under AFWCC, the College of Public Health intends to achieve multiple goals and benefits related to identifying healthcare gaps and planning to address them, training and deploying healthcare professionals, surveillance and monitoring to improve the health outcomes, collaboration and partnership with local organisations and stakeholders for the enhancement of AFWCC and providing health education. 

OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY
Professor Dr. Sumbul Sohail
MBBS, FCPS,
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Core Representative of AFWCC

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is headed by Prof. Dr. Rubina Hussain, renowned for her unwavering dedication and exemplary excellence in her field, has consistently demonstrated a commitment to advancing women’s health through both clinical and academic leadership. To pay tribute to the unwavering legacy, Dr. Aijaz Fatima Women and Children Clinics are established at all Ziauddin Hospitals. The journey began on January 1st, 2024, with the establishment of clinics with subsidised packages, key initiatives aimed at enhancing healthcare accessibility and quality.

One of the centre’s pivotal endeavours has been the Emergency Obstetrics and Child Care (EMNOC) master training workshops, conducted to equip both fourth-year medical students, primary and secondary healthcare professionals with essential skills in managing obstetric emergencies. The hundredth workshop, was conducted in May 2024 under the umbrella of AFWCC. All future Workshops will now be headed under the purview of AFWCC. 

The Centre is currently conducting hands-on EMOTIVE workshops in Karachi to train both doctors and paramedics to manage PPH. Six Workshops have already been conducted. Future plan is to use telemedicine services for training both primary and secondary healthcare providers in the Province of Sindh.

The Centre has established dedicated Lactation Management Clinics at the North Nazimabad and Clifton Centres under AFWCC to encourage breastfeeding and provide support system for mothers experiencing complications. Subsidised contraceptive services are available at Nazimabad and the Kemari Campus. These initiatives aim to enhance women’s access to essential healthcare services, particularly in underserved communities.

To honour the intellectual legacy of Dr. Aijaz Fatima numerous lectures, symposia and workshops have been organised with International speakers, fostering the exchange of knowledge and innovation in the field of women and child healthcare.

PAEDIATRICS
Dr. Shaista Ehsan
FCPS ( Paeds) MCPS – HPE
Core Representative of AFWCC

The Department of Paediatrics is well reputed for rendering quality clinical and academic services. We aim to advance these services under the umbrella of AFWCC by providing low-cost quality health care to the community and emphasising connectivity with remote areas across Sindh through the establishment of telehealth clinics.

Through its contribution to AFWCC, the Department of Paediatrics will endeavour to play a pivotal role in conducting research projects to identify and implement interventions addressing major child health issues in the community, such as malnutrition, diarrhoea, pneumonia, and other infectious illnesses. In pursuance of our commitment to provide quality education, we aim to train health professionals who would serve in remote areas across the province. The Department of Paediatrics will collaborate with the eight other disciplines included in the AFWCC to render clinical services, promote health education, and conduct research in the community.

FAMILY MEDICINE
Dr. Fatima Jehangir
MBBS , FCPS
Core Representative of AFWCC

The department of Family Medicine was established in the year 1995, hence Ziauddin University is one  of the pioneers in the field of Family Medicine in Pakistan. With multiple postgraduate training  programmes, we produce master trainers who could be leaders in primary care across the globe and with  undergraduate teaching, we aspire to inculcate a holistic and cost-effective care approach and produce  humane doctors. We serve community by running subsidised clinics, which are free standing facilities in  their neighbourhood, established with the idea of community university partnership. The Sikanderabad  community that comprised of around one lac population 10 years back, now has massively grown to 5  lacs. Community organisers collaborate with us in order to provide enhanced care. With a steadfast  commitment to the community to provide care to the families at one stop in a cost-effective manner,  Family Medicine is the cornerstone of strong, resilient healthcare system, fostering healthier and happier lives. We offer personalised care, preventive strategies, and compassionate support for every  member of the family. 

In the ever-changing landscape of healthcare, we’re the steadfast anchors, having familiar faces for the  family, family physicians stand as a beacon of support from prenatal care to postpartum support,  identifying the nutritional needs to giving mental health support and preventing chronic diseases hence optimising the health outcomes for women and children. Under AFWCC, we promise to provide care,  trust, and confidence to women and children. We’re not just healthcare providers; we’re the guardians  of well-being, dedicated to nurturing women and children with the boundless love and unwavering  expertise they deserve. Under the umbrella of AFWCC, we aspire to empower communities through  health enlightenment! Our awareness camps fuel knowledge, our care nurtures well-being, and our  research ignites innovation, all for a healthier, brighter tomorrow.

NURSING & MIDWIFERY
Dr. Pamella Marshel
Ph.D. (Nursing), MPH (International Health), Post RN BScN
Core Representative of AFWCC 

Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery holds the distinction of being the initial academic unit establish within Ziauddin University. It was founded in 1986, marking the beginning of academic programmes offered by the university. While empowering individuals through professional education in nursing and midwifery, we also render services to the community at a grass root level. We also work with communities to address women’s and children’s health issues, as well as conduct supervised community-based research on women and child issues.

ZUFONAM aims to contribute significantly to the objectives of the AFWCC by delivering evidence-based services, such as antenatal and postnatal clinics, growth monitoring and nutrition services, women and child immunisation programmes, family planning services, and mental health support. The department also aims to improve the health and well-being of women and children in the community through research initiatives focusing on emerging health issues in sexual, reproductive, and mental health. Faculty members will be academically prepared to support AFWCC activities, and formal and informal training and awareness campaigns will be conducted at a grass-roots level.

HUMAN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS
Dr. Bakht Ramin Shah, PhD
Principal, College of Human Nutrition & Dietetics
Core Representative of AFWCC 

The College of Human Nutrition and Dietetics is committed to its mission of establishing internationally comparable education programmes in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, underpinned by rigorous research for evidence-based solutions. With a focus on collaboration with industry to develop nutrition-promoting products and services and engaging stakeholders in projects promoting healthy lifestyles, the college is at the forefront of shaping the future of nutrition science. Offering both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to address contemporary challenges in nutrition and dietetics, preparing them for impactful careers in the field.

Furthermore, the college dedicates itself to significantly contributing to women’s and children’s health within the community. In the AFWCC initiative, the college will actively apply strategies to enhance the health of women and children by tackling undernutrition, anaemia, micronutrient deficiencies, and overweight issues, particularly among pregnant and breastfeeding women, while also addressing low birth weight in newborns. Additionally, the college endeavours to implement widespread, evidence-based nutrition programmes and services that prioritise equity, focusing on the critical periods of preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum care for women.

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Ms. Sarah Jehangir
Head of Department for Clinical Psychology,
MA (Psych.), PMD (Clinical Psych.), Diploma (Health Care Management)
Core Representative of AFWCC

The College of Clinical Psychology is dedicated to providing education and clinical services with a steadfast commitment to quality and innovation. Our mission is to cultivate an inclusive community that upholds integrity, freedom, and discovery. We strive for excellence in teaching, research, and public service, driven by a passion to positively impact society. Recognising the pressing need to address the mental health challenges faced by women and children, our efforts are directed towards creating a supportive and empowering environment for these groups. 

We aim to enhance well-being and advocate for their rights and needs through various strategic initiatives, partnerships, and research. We develop and deliver specialised training programmes for mental health professionals, tailored to address the specific needs of women and children, equipping professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective and compassionate care. We advance the understanding of mental health issues affecting women and children through rigorous research, conducting studies that explore these unique challenges to develop innovative and effective interventions that can be applied in clinical settings. Actively engaging with the community is a crucial part of our mission, and we participate in outreach activities designed to promote the well-being and empowerment of women and children. These activities include collaborations with other organisations and stakeholders to advocate for policies and practices that support these groups. We utilise the resources and expertise within our department to provide comprehensive support and advocacy for women and children at the local level. By leveraging our strengths, we aim to make a significant impact on the lives of these individuals, ensuring they receive the care and support they need. Through these initiatives, the College of Clinical Psychology remains committed to fostering a healthier, more inclusive society where the mental health needs of women and children are prioritised and addressed with compassion and expertise.

OFFICE FOR RESEARCH, INNOVATION, & COMMERCIALIZATION (ORIC)
Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Umrani, PhD
Director, Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC)
Core Representative of AFWCC 

The Office for Research, Innovation, & Commercialization (ORIC) at Ziauddin University plays a crucial role in fostering innovation and excellence within the institution. ORIC collaborates with various departments, including the Clinical Trial Unit (CTU), to advance healthcare solutions and promote well-being for all ages, aligning with Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG-3).

Within the Dr. Aijaz Fatima Woman and Child Care Centre (AFWCC), ORIC’s primary goal is to lead research initiatives that address critical health challenges faced by women and children in Pakistan. This includes tackling high maternal and child mortality rates, birth complications, malnutrition, and a lack of access to healthcare. 

To achieve these goals, ORIC employs strategies that emphasise accessibility, equity, and integrated healthcare programmes. This involves facilitating multidisciplinary research projects, securing funding for innovative studies, and forming partnerships with local and international organisations. ORIC ensures that its research is inclusive, targeting underserved communities to make healthcare accessible to all.

ORIC’s research priorities for AFWCC include improving maternal health, addressing child nutrition and malnutrition, and combating stunting. Through multidisciplinary collaboration with clinicians and faculties and active community engagement, ORIC ensures that its research addresses the most pressing health issues and promotes overall community well-being.

ORIC at Ziauddin University strives to improve local healthcare outcomes and influence health policies on a larger scale. Through its dedication to research and innovation, ORIC aims to create a healthier future for all, ensuring better health and well-being for women and children.

SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT: LAUNCH OF DR. AIJAZ FATIMA WOMEN & CHILDREN CENTRE

Download the Special Supplement Commemorating the Launch of DR. AIJAZ FATIMA WOMEN & CHILDREN CENTRE, Held in Honour of Dr. Aijaz Fatima’s Barsi, Published in DAWN Newspaper.