Dr. Richard Witzig visited Pakistan on invitation of Bridge from April 16th to 27th, 2008. During this period he visited Chandka Medical College, Moen-Jo-Daro 4000 years old Indus Civilization, Quetta, Aga Khan University, Meeting with faculty of Community Health Sciences AKU, Lecture at Aga Khan University (Emerging Infectious Diseases), Karachi University (Meeting with HEJ Research Institute), Meeting with Dr. Adeeb Rizvi at SIUT, Meeting with Vice Chancellor of DUHS, Visit to Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Lecture at DUHS.

  • DR. JIA

    Dr. Jia visited Pakistan on invitation of Bridge in Mar 2007 and Nov 2008. During her visit in November 2008 she attended International Symposium on Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Celebrating 100 years of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 10th -13th Nov 2008, at Aga Khan University, Karachi. During her visit in March 2007 she had a meeting with Dr. Imtiaz Jehan and her team (IMCHRT), visited Female Sex Workers Project, visited IDUs Project (Harm Reduction) at Marie Adelaide Burns Road, visited MCH Centre, meeting with Dr. Sharaf Ali Shsh and Grant Writing Workshop at DUHS.

  • DR.JK MANIAR From Mumbai India

    Topic: "Anti-Retroviral Treatment of HIV/AIDS Indian Experience"
    Venue: PC Hotel Karachi
    Date: 30th August 2005


    Topic: "Importance of Infection Control Practices at Health Care Facilities"
    Venue: PC Hotel Bhurban Murree
    Date: May 27-29-2005

One of the main achievements has been the collaboration and development of an international training program called AIDS International Training & Research Program (AITRP) which provides short and long term professional trainings and research to local public health personnel supported by NIH,USA

Bridge is also a member of international coalition called Safe Injection Global Network (SIGN) which aims to improve unsafe injection practices.

    From Department of Maternal and Child Health, University of Alabama School of Public Health, Birmingham AL

    Topic: 1. "The Contribution of Multiples to Maternal Health"
              2. "Triplet pregnancies in women over 40 years of ages"
    Venue: Abbassi Shaheed Hospital Karachi
               Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center Karachi
    Date: 15th November 2005

    Topic: "The Diagnosis of Zygosity in Twins"
    Venue: Agha Khan University Hospital Karachi
    Date: 16th November 2005

    Topic: Scientific Paper Writing
    Date: 17th November 2005

  • KATERINA BARCAL From University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

    Topic: "Ethical Issues"
    Venue: Bridge Consultants foundation Karachi
    Date: 18th November 2005

  • DR STEN VERMUND From Vanderbilt University, Tennessee USA

    Topic: "Vaccine Preventable Diseases and New Vaccines"
    Venue: Pearl Continental Hotel
    Date: February 2006

  • DR. SHALA BAQI From University of California, Los Angeles USA.

    Topic: "Opportunistic Infections in HIV/AIDS Patients"
    Venue: DUHS Karachi
    Date: 2007

  • SIBYLLE KRISTENSEN From University of Alabama at Birmingham USA.

    Topic: "Research Proposal writing"
    Venue: Dow University of Health Sciences
    Date: March 2007


    Topic: "Epi-Info statistical package & Public Health Research Data Analysis"
    Venue: National Institute of Public Administration

  • DR.JOSEPH TELFAIR : Assistant Professor,
    From Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/ Oncology School of Medicine University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Topic: "Qualitative Research Methods, Focusing On HIV/AIDS"
    Venue: Karachi
    Date: 28th Feb to 2nd March 2005

  A.   Training

  • Training of Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics, Laboratory staff, field staff, out reach workers and NGOs

  • Training of family physicians in Syndromic Management of Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV/AIDS

  • Training of TB DOTS centre staff in HIV counseling and testing

  • Training of government doctors and general practitioners in safe drinking water and Hygiene promotion.

  • Training on Grant Writing and Research proposal development.

  • Training on Research Methodology

  • Training on Data Analysis, EPI Info, Epi Data

  • Training on ethical issues in research involving human subjects

  • Training on counseling for risk reduction and behavior change

  • Training of Nurses on Syndromic Management of STIs and HIV/AIDS

  • Training on scientific writing

  • National workshop on Development of Guidelines for Infection Control

  • Training Workshop On Qualitative Research

  • Training on Institutional Review Board (IRB)

  • One Day Advocacy Workshop With Parliamentarians On Stigma and Discrimination Against HIV/AIDS Patients At Health Care Facilities.

  • One day Workshop on TB/HIV Co-infection at Marriot hotel Karachi on 25th Sep 2008, organized by Bridge.

  • Two days training Workshop on Counseling and Testing of TB patients for HIV infection. 12th-13th Sep 2008 organized by Bridge at Hyderabad.

  • Three days training Workshop on Grant Writing, organized by Bridge from 26th -28th June 2008 at Abbotabad. Supported by AIDS international training and research program (AITRP) Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tennessee, Fogarty International and National Institute of Health USA.

  • Three days training Workshop on Counseling and Testing of TB patients for HIV infection. 12th -14th May 2008, organized by Bridge at hotel Sarawan Karachi.

  • One day seminar on TB/HIV co-infection: Public Health Challenge in Pakistan. Organized by Bridge in collaboration with Sindh TB control program and Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation on 30th Nov 2007 at Karachi.

  • Grant writing Workshop organized by Bridge in collaboration with UAB team in March 2007.

  • Capacity Building of NGOs, CBOs, working on HIV/AIDS prevention in proposal development, report writing and computer skills.

  • Training of Peer Educators Working with vulnerable groups for HIV/AIDS prevention such as Injecting Drug Users (IDUs), Female Sex Workers (FSWs), Male Sex Workers (MSWs), Hijras and Prisoners.

  • Training of Health Care Providers including Family Physicians, Medical Officers, Nurses, and Informal Care Providers in Syndromic Management of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS.

  • Advocacy Seminar On Antiretroviral Treatment of HIV/AIDS

  • Advocacy Seminar On “Changing Epidemiology” of HIV/AIDS in Pakistan

  • Seminar on Current Situation Of HIV/AIDS in Pakistan –Challenges and Opportunities

  • Seminar on Role of NGOs for Prevention of HIV/AIDS Among Vulnerable Populations

  • Seminar on STIs, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, and C

  B.   Research Studies:

  • Screening of TB patients for HIV infection in concentrated HIV epidemic setting.

  • Prevalence of Tuberculosis among Juvenile Detainees

  • HIV-1 Subtypes among different Most at Risk Populations in Pakistan

  • To evaluate the burden of Tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS, Syphilis, Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) among inmates of District Jail Malir, Karachi, Pakistan

  • Universal Screening for Syphilis of Antenatal Clinic attendees in Pakistan

  • Risk reduction for prevention of HIV/|AIDS, STIs, among adolescent and young adults in Karachi Pakistan.

  • HIV outbreak investigation among Injecting Drug Users in Larkana, Pakistan.

  • To assess stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS.

  • Syndromic Management Training for non-formal care providers in Pakistan improves quality of care for sexually transmitted disease: A Randomize clinical trial.

  C.   Advocacy:

  • Advocacy workshop with parliamentarians (members of Provincial and National Assembly) for Antiretroviral Treatment of people living with (ART) of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV)

  • Advocacy workshop with opinion leader for TB DOTS

  • Advocacy meeting with opinion leaders for Safe Drinking Water and Hygiene Promotion

  • Consultative Meeting with NGOs on Stigma & Discrimination against HIV/AIDS Patients at Health care facilities

  D.   Publications:

  • Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health Manual

  • JPMA special issue on HIV/AIDS in Pakistan.

  • Infection Control Manual

  • Resource book for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

  • Annual Reports

  • Training Workshop Reports


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