Mr Vittorio Cammarota, Director, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and Dr Mohammad Assai Ardakani, Country Head, World Health Organisation (WHO) visited National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) on 26th October 2017 to inaugurate UN Corner at NUMS.
Director UNIC, Mr Commarota announced, “We have a commitment to open 50 UN corners in Government Universities throughout Pakistan by the end of this year, funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). It would not have been possible without support from our partner organisations, SDC and Higher Education Commission (HEC)”.
The UN member further stated that a set of seventeen goals, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are adopted to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity of mankind. With the establishment of UN Corners, UNIC aims to enable university students, teachers and researchers to access information on SDGs related priority areas of the UN work in Pakistan and around the globe. UN corners will serve as a single reference point for all the information material regarding the UN for University students, teachers and researchers, raising awareness of key UN interventions in the country among the youth, media, national institutions and general public.
Dr Mohammad Assai Ardakani, WHO Country Head shared that he graduated from a Pakistani Medical College, and improvement in healthcare education and services are close to his heart. He articulated that WHO focuses on health policy and system development, communicable disease control, and improving the health of women and children. He shared the model of the Iranian healthcare sector, where Medical Universities have taken over Healthcare Service Centers and Hospitals to bridge the gap between healthcare delivery services to the masses. He further added, “Medical Universities should run the Healthcare Services”.
Lt Gen Syed Muhammad Imran Majeed HI(M), Vice Chancellor NUMS, appreciated the visit of UNIC and WHO representatives to NUMS and emphasized on future reflective collaboration. Maj Gen (Retd) Professor Muhammad Aslam, Pro-Vice Chancellor NUMS, apprised the guests about the initiatives of NUMS and involvement of youth in healthcare promotion activities conducted at UNIC and WHO to promote Public Healthcare System. Short internships were also offered to NUMS’ students.
As a follow-up, Dr Erum Monis, Ms Sobia Bilal and Ms Mariam Mustafa were invited by UNIC to establish linkage with WHO IRIS Global Digital Library for NUMS, which will provide access to WHO publications and information material. It will also provide online full text access to more than 15,000 journals and 47,000 books on healthcare and biomedical sciences.