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NIC Karachi, Novartis and PDHI join hands to celebrate Pakistan Digital Health Day

Karachi (August 26, 2019): Novartis Pharmaceutical, in collaboration with Pakistan Digital Health Initiative (PDHI) and National Incubation Center (NIC) Karachi, organized Pakistan Digital Health Day here in Karachi at the National Incubation Center Karachi . The event was organized in an effort to leverage digital initiatives that can extend people’s lives and change the healthcare ecosystem of Pakistan.

The event comprised of talks by featured speakers and panel discussions with personalities belonging to pharmaceutical, healthcare and digital backgrounds. The highlight of the event was presentations by health based tech startups who were featured at the event and got an opportunity to share their business vision. Number of country’s top startups were identified who are partnering and adding value towards future of Pakistan’s digital health patient and out-patient care segments.

In his welcome note, Sufyan Usmani, Head of Commercial & Communication, Novartis, shared the objectives of the digital initiatives and the collaboration with health based tech startups and companies. He also highlighted the contribution of Novartis as one of the top healthcare organizations in Pakistan.

Dr. Imran Rasheed, CEO, Novartis, while sharing his views said, “Digitalization is the future of Novartis and in that journey we believe that we cannot do everything alone. That is why we believe that we need to work with the right minded people, vendors and especially the new breed of startups that can help us not only to achieve our vision by taking bold steps and partnerships, but also make the environment we work in a better place to live in. Novartis being a digitally forward company promotes such initiatives as it’s completely in line with our global commitment of providing advanced patient care.” He further added, “We will also be launching the Pakistan Digital Health Initiative (PDHI) today which is a for-profit entity helping the government to form policies and solutions for digital health.”

While sharing his views on digital health ecosystem in Pakistan, Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed, said, “Studies have shown that around the world healthcare technology will exceed the market size of $600 billion by 2021. Global healthcare systems are embracing new technologies and undergoing massive transformation, however, Pakistan has yet to catch up. Digital technology enables access of healthcare easier in developing economies such as Pakistan, where a major chunk of population resides in far-flung areas. Therefore, it is essential that we make the most of digital healthcare technologies to address key medical needs of the populace.”

Dr. Kamran Iqbal, Head of Initiatives, PDHI, said, “We are pleased to launch Pakistan Digital Health Initiative today as we strongly believe that academia, industry and gGovernment coalition for digital health innovation and enterprise is extremely important. We should all come together to formulate and practice collective action approach where all the stakeholders are playing their part in enhancing healthcare ecosystem through digital means. He further added, “” Pakistan Digital Health Initiative (PDHI), as a completely independent entity acts as a convening platform to will bring government, private sector academia to form policies and solutions for digital health.”

Shahjahan Chaudhary, Director, NIC Karachi, while talking about digital healthcare innovation at NIC Karachi, said, “Entrepreneurship has always been the core of NIC Karachi , and bringing healthcare in this area is a step ahead. We are committed to improving the healthcare and technological content of life in Pakistan. It is only when we have synchronized our efforts, will we be able to combat the rising health crisis in the country. These startups are playing a major role in this regard, and NIC Karachi being a framework which brings them all together, is fully committed and onboard to promote this digital health initiative.”

Dr. Asad Mian, Director, Critical Creative Innovative Thinking (CCIT) at the Aga Khan University was also present at the occasion and shared his views from a hospital’s perspective on how innovation is working towards enhancing provision of digital healthcare and improve patient care. “We believe that it’s a step into the future where we will bring healthcare and technology under one umbrella and perhaps in the near future it will change the way we look at the two areas” he said.

Members from the public policy, government officials, corporate sector, health and academia attended the event to discuss challenges being faced by Pakistan in healthcare sector and how technology can be utilized to overcome those challenges.

About Novartis

Novartis International AG is a Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company based in Basel, Switzerland. Novartis purpose is to reimagine medicine to improve and extend people’s lives. We use innovative science and technology to address some of society’s most challenging healthcare issues. We discover and develop breakthrough treatments and find new ways to deliver them to as many people as possible. We also aim to reward those who invest their money, time and ideas in our company.

شہداء کی سرزمین

Posted: November 14, 2013 in Uncategorized
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A must read article about the current debate on ‘Shahadat’.

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شہداء کی سرزمین.

Another great initiative by KFC Pakistan

Posted: July 17, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. Blessed are those who bless others.

In life, small initiatives make big difference.

KFC Pakistan opens its 6th Special Restaurant run by Speech & Hearing impaired staff at Khayaban-e-Rahat.

This is another great initiative by KFC Pakistan.

The management is very thankful to all its customers for the support and patronage.

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A worth reading peace of write up by Progressive Pakistan.

Think positive and we can surely bring change.

It was April 1st, yes April 1st, the day when every second person tries to fool someone around…but Djuice Pakistan made this day a memorable one and announced the launch of Apportunity-2012, “App Mein Kitna Hai Dum”, a competition for the Pakistani students and software developers to create mobile phone applications (apps). The aim is to promote app development in Pakistan on platforms such as Apple IOS, Google Android and Nokia’s Symbian among others.

The launch of the competition was announced at a bloggers meetup in Karachi, which was attended by representatives from Telenor Pakistan and Djuice including Ahmed Nadeem Pasha, Telenor Pakistan’s Regional Director South-1 region. Nokia’s Rabia Nizami, Head of Ecosystem Developer Experience in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran; and Google Pakistan’s Badar Khushnud.

A large number of bloggers, students and apps developers were also present at the launching ceremony.

Usman Javaid, Director Marketing Djuice & Telenor Pakistan in a message at the launch said, “Djuice Apportunity, which is now in its 2nd year, is fast becoming the platform of choice for amateur Pakistani app developers to exhibit their talent.” He also said that we hope to continue providing opportunities to the talented youth of Pakistan to enable them to excel in their fields.

Last year, 460 apps were registered by developers in 63 cities. This year Djuice Apportunity team in partnership with Nokia, Google and Qualcomm will conduct app development workshops in 60 colleges and universities in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.

Prizes for the winning developers include Laptops, Smartphones and free air-time. Participating universities with the most apps developed and the highest number of apps downloaded will be able to win Djuice Mobile Labs set up with Apple hardware, shields and gold medals for their app developers who will also get preferred internships at Djuice/Telenor Pakistan offices.
Apps will be published by Djuice on global websites such as Apple’s App Store, Google Play and Nokia Store from where they can be downloaded by anyone, anywhere in the world.

App developers can register for the contest “App Mein Kitna Hai Dum” through the Djuice website http://www.djuice.com.pk/apportunity or through their mobile phones on m.djuice.com.pk

About Djuice
Djuice is Telenor’s mobile phone plan brand for youth and is available in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Hungary, Montenegro, Norway, Sweden and Ukraine. It is the world’s No.1 mobile youth brand. Djuice Pakistan is the first in the industry to recognize the potential in the youth by providing them a platform to showcase their talent to the world.

Help Us

Posted: April 3, 2012 in Help, Pakistan, World
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Please Help Us! The below charity account has been set up to collect funds for the release of the 23 crew members taken hostage.

Bank Name: NIB BANK LTD.
Branch Name: UNIVERSITY ROAD BRANCH, KARACHI, PAKISTAN
Account Name: Shahnaz Jawaid & Neelam Mujtaba
Account No. (PKR): 10052-10653622
Account No. (USD): 10052-10653789
Account No. (GBP) :10052-10653808
Swift Code: NIBPPKKA

*You will not be charged for transferring the donation by NIB Bank.*

You may contact us at savemvalbedo@gmail.com for any questions or comments.

Help Us.

In continuation to my posts about “The One Rupee Project”, I am delighted to reproduce hereunder another post written by Mrs. Oana Ali who also graced the Launching ceremony by her presence. We are highly grateful for her kind contribution and support.

Here it goes:

My Journey to Pakistan Part 10: The One Rupee Project

On Sunday, March 24th, I had the privilege of meeting some great people and find out more about their commitment in making Pakistan a better place through a new project called The One Rupee Project.

It was presented as a project of the community for the community. Anyone can join in and lend a helping hand and through the power of the many, offer education to the people who can’t afford it and reach the goal of making everyone in Pakistan self-sustainable.
What I love most about this project is that anyone who wants to help can actually do it by joining the One Rupee Project. You don’t have to be rich, you only need to care. You can contribute with as little as you can afford (1 rupee is the equivalent of USD 1 cent), but for a country with over 170 million people, 1+1 could make millions. If one quarter of the population contributed with 1 rupee per day, that would make 42 million rupees per day and would pay for one full year of studies for thousands of Pakistanis. It may seem difficult, but it is not impossible. With the support from media and few corporations, this project can shape a new future for a country who needs it so desperately and who is struggling to make a change.
I will keep my eyes on the people behind the One Rupee Project (Abdul Hameed Kath, Sarfaraz M Khan and Sarosh Waiz) as they have many other ideas worth fighting for and they have the energy and determination to see them come to life.

Conclusions of the day:
There are people in this country who studied at the most prestigious universities from UK, US and elsewhere and who came back to help their homeland make a turn for a better future
People with normal jobs, businesses, families take time to think about the country’s welfare instead of sitting back and enjoying their own success.

Posted by Oana Ali at 10:46 AM

Source: My Journey to Pakistan Part 10: The One Rupee Project