National University of Medical Sciences(NUMS) and Green Social Marketing, Pakistan (GSM) signed on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to train 20 Master Trainers for creating social awareness on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), gender-based violence, Premarital counselling, benefits of birth spacing and authentic information about modern contraceptives. These master trainers will further train 400 NUMS’ students on the mentioned topics.

Maj Gen Syed Ammar Reza Hamdani, HI(M) (Retd), Pro Vice Chancellor (Administration), NUMS welcomed the GSM delegation including Chief Executive Officer, Syed Azizur Rab, General Manager Program Mr Fawad Shamim, Manager Program Ms Aiman Haroon and Senior Officer M&E Mr Muhammad Orangzeb. He appreciated the GSM for undertaking such an important activity for youth engagement which will go a long way in the nation building in the right direction.

The MoU on ‘Khud Ko Pechaano Programme’ (recognize yourself) was inked by, Pro Vice Chancellor (Administration) NUMS and Dr Syed Aziz ur Rab Chief Executive Officer Greenstar Social Marketing Pakistan (G) Limited, Karachi.

Those present on the occasion were NUMS Registrar Brig Muhammad Azhar Shams, TI (M) (Retd), Dr Aisha Mohyuddin, Dean Multidisciplinary Studies, Prof Azam Chaudhary, Dean Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, Director Quality Assurance Air Cdre Muhammad Ismail SI (M) (Retd) and Dr Erum Monis, Deputy Director QA.

In his brief comments after the signing ceremony, CEO GSM while highlighting importance of the MOU said, “NUMS comes to the top of the organizations wherein there is a disciplined approach” and added “We think NUMS is emerging as a model university in Pakistan by engaging younger people in family planning program.”

Explaining the objectives of, the MOU, he said that it would empower beneficiaries about their SRHR and sensitize them on the sex and gender, gender expression, sexuality, gender-sensitive definitions, social and gender norms. It will train them with skills to contribute towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for eliminating “maternal mortality, gender-based violence, and informed choices for birth spacing.” Besides the MOU will increase awareness about “contraception (at least three modern methods), family planning, and birth spacing in the target population.”

At the end of ceremony, Maj Gen Syed Ammar Reza Hamdani, HI (M) (Retd) presented the souvenirs to the CEO GSM and his team members.