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National Training Workshop Entitled

01 August, 2023 - 27 August, 2023

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Background:
Communication plays an important role in advancing public health goals, as well as in greater appreciation of underlying science and public policies. It is critical at all times, be it promoting health benefits of immunisation, importance of taking personal measures for prevention of non-communicable diseases or bringing emerging health issues to the knowledge of policy makers. Communication assumes even greater importance in the time of health emergencies due to natural disasters, such as floods, and earthquakes.
Pakistan has experienced one of the worst floods in its history, with over 36 million citizens affected. Over 1,600 have lost their lives, and many more are still in danger due to the spread of dengue fever and other infectious diseases. The economic cost of the floods has been estimated to be over 18.5 billion USD, at a time when the country is already at the brink of economic collapse. The situation demanded an immediate and urgent response from Pakistani media, which could have played a vital role in issuing early warnings, educating the public, and drawing the attention of policymakers to the situation on the ground. In a country like Pakistan, destruction from predictable and semi-predictable disasters can be mitigated if awareness is timely spread to improve preventive, precautionary and rehabilitative measures. Instead media in journal reacted rather slowly, and a need of capacity building of health journalists was felt far and wide.
In view of the above facts, a national training workshop entitled, “Building Capacity of Health Journalists on Reporting Disasters Triggered by Natural Hazards and Human Activities will be organized at Latif Ebrahim Jamal National Science Information Center (LJNSIC, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi, Karachi-75270, Pakistan, in collaboration with Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) on 19th Jan, 2023.

PROGRAM

Jan 19th , 2022


10:30-11:00

Welcome remarks by Dr. Nimra Iqbal and Inaugral ceremony

11:00 -11:15

Lecture by Mr. Waqar Bhatti entitled “The importance of Accurate and impactful Health reporting.”

11.15-11:45

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Wasay entitled,” Burden and challenges of health care in Pakistan”

11.45-11.55

Introduction to ADN ( Mr Julian Coetzee)


11.55-12:25

Lecture by Dr. Nibedita S. Ray-Bennett entitled, “What are avoidable deaths

and how can they be avoided?”


12.25-12:50

Lecture by Dr. Aditya Ghosh entitled, What are the challenges of reporting avoidable deaths?”


12:50-1:15

Lecture by Dr. Hideyuki Shiroshita entitled, “Who carries the burden of avoidable deaths and how can they be avoided?”

01.15-02.15

Lunch break

02.15-03.15

Writing Session

03.15-03.30

Q&A; interactive discussion

03.30-03.45

Concluding Remarks (Dr. Humaira Zafar-ICCBS)

Certificate will be provided to the Participants



Co-organized by
International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS),
Sindh Innovation Research, and Education Network (SIREN), Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS, Sindh Chapter), and Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN)

Aims And Objectives
  • To understand what are avoidable deaths and their reasons
  • A need for improved quality or credibility as well as relevant health journalism in Pakistan.
  • Capacity building of media persons in term of good quality reporting
  • Greater communication between media and health experts

Venue: Latif Ebrahim Jamal National Science Information Center (LEJNSIC), International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi, Karachi-75270, Pakistan.

REGISTRATION

Topic: Building Capacity of Health Journalists on Reporting Disasters triggered by Natural Hazards and Human Activities Time: Jan, 2023 10:00 AM
FOR REGISTRATION USE THE GIVEN LINK:
Contact Persons (ICCBS):
Dr. Humaira Zafar
Assistant Professor
PCMD, ICCBS
Mr. Nadeem Ahmed Khan
Manager, SIREN
Co-organizers:
Dr. Nimra Iqbal
Avoidable Death Network (ADN), UK
Auckland University of Technology
Mr. Waqar Bhatti
Special Correspondent health,
The News International and Geo News
ohammad Wasayohammad Wasay 


Organizing Partners

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    Avoidable Deaths Network

The Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) is a diverse, dynamic, inclusive and innovative global membership network dedicated to avoiding human deaths from natural hazards, naturally triggered technological hazards and human-made disasters in low- and middle-income countries.

International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS)SPEAKER’S PROFILE:

bio

The International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) is one of premier research establishments in the developing world. Its reputation for scientific research and training extends far beyond the country's borders. ICCBS emerged from generous support of private sector, and sustained by the governments grants. In the last 51 years has earned major recognition from Pakistan, apart from training thousands of young researchers from home and abroad in frontiers areas of science and technology.


Sindh Innovation, Research, and Educational Network (SIREN)

bio

The International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) is one of premier research establishments in the developing world. Its reputation for scientific research and training extends far beyond the country's borders. ICCBS emerged from generous support of private sector, and sustained by the governments grants. In the last 51 years has earned major recognition from Pakistan, apart from training thousands of young researchers from home and abroad in frontiers areas of science and technology.


Prof. Dr. Mohammad Wasay 

Secretary Karachi Chapter

Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS)

bio

Dr. Wasay is currently a Professor of Neurology at Aga Khan University, President - Pakistan Society of Neurology, Chairman -advocacy and awareness task force of World federation of Neurology, Editor- Pakistan Journal of Neurological sciences, Chief Editor- Jahan e Aasab (Neurology public awareness magazine), Interim Director- Clinical Trials Unit and Chair- FHS research committee at Aga Khan University.


Mr. Waqar Bhatti 

Special Correspondent Health

The News International and Geo News

bio

He is a senior health journalist and covering health, environment, climate change, water issues as well as diplomatic activities for the last 22 years.



Prof. Dr. Nibedita S. Ray Bennett

Associate Professor in Risk Management

University of Licester

bio

Nibedita S. Ray-Bennett is a social scientist specialising in disaster risk reduction and international development at the interface with public health. Nibedita’s research is inter-disciplinary and focuses on: i) understanding the nuances of ‘vulnerabilities’ and ‘risks’ that exist in societies and the seams of disaster management organizations; ii) developing the capacity of disaster responders including the health workforce at primary health care for the continuity of [sexual and reproductive health] services during disasters and crises; iii) reducing disaster mortality and morbidity, especially of women and adolescent girls from lack of reproductive health care during disasters and crises through the use of RHCC intervention; and iv) reducing avoidable deaths from the direct and indirect effect of disasters and epidemic through novel theories, methods and interventions. She is the author of Caste, Class and Gender in Multiple Disasters (VDM Verlag, 2010) and Avoidable Deaths (Springer Nature, 2018). Currently, she is working on her third monograph, Avoidable Deaths from the Impact of COVID-19 and Economic Fall Out in India.


Dr. Hideyuki Shiroshita

Associate Professor at University of

Kansai,Founding President of the ADN

bio

As the Founding President of the ADN, Hideyuki works closely with Nibedita for the development of ADN’s strategy and plans and in the delivery of the public engagement activities, manages the poll surveys for knowledge exchange events, IT, conducts research analysis and leads the ADN’s Junior Champion project in Japan. Hideyuki is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School and Faculty of Societal Safety Sciences, Kansai University in Japan. He is an affiliate member of the Disaster and Development Network (DDN) at Northumbria University, UK. His research interests are in the areas of disaster education, risk communication and Science, Technology and Society (STS).


Dr Aditya Ghosh

University of Leicester

bio

Aditya Ghosh specialises in human geography, political ecology, development studies, environmental justice, postcolonial studies, media and cultural studies. He has won several prestigious global awards including Chevening from the UK-FCO, DAAD (German academic exchange – Federal government of Germany) and Chancellor’s endowment (Sussex University). He has worked and studied at the universities of Heidelberg and Leuphana, Germany; Sussex-IDS and Lincoln, UK; Arizona State University, USA. In his previous career spanning 12 years, Aditya was an editor and journalist with globally reputable media organisations. He has worked with Encyclopaedia Britannica, written for The Guardian, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Asia House UK, Scidev.Net apart from working in senior editorial positions at the Hindustan Times and The Times of India, two of India’s largest English language newspapers.


Dr. Nimra Choudhary

Avoidable Death Network (ADN), UK

Auckland University of Technology

bio

Dr Nimra is a medical graduate from Dow University of Health Sciences. In addition to clinical practice she has been involved in health promotional activities with many organizations, including WHO Sindh chapter. She is currently pursuing her Master in Public Health from Auckland University of Technology and working with ADN as an intern, Nimra has been engaged with the operations team in a number of projects focusing on disaster risk management. More specifically, Dr. Nimra is currently involved on the ADN projects – Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Remote and Hard to Reach (H2R) Areas of Bangladesh and Relief organizations involved in 2022 Pakistan floods.








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