Executive Committee (Honorary)
Prof. D. S. Akram
Founder, Honorary Chairperson and President
It was under the guidance and leadership of Professor D. S. Akram that HELP came into being.
Dr. D.S Akram completed her M.B.B.S. from University of Karachi, in 1968; Dr. Akram then proceeded to USA for a P.G Medical Degree and certified as Diplomat American Specialty Boards in Pediatrics in 1974. In 1981 she completed her Masters' in Public Health (Epidemiology) from Yale University. She has served as Chairperson- Department of Pediatrics at Dow University of Health Sciences up till 2007.
Additionally she has been:
- National Coordinator for Community Oriented Medical Education (C.O.M.E.), a W.H.O. supported, Government of Pakistan, Programme.
- Chairperson, Breast-Feeding Steering Committee, Sindh, Pakistan. Member NBFSC (Federal)-1992.
- Provincial Coordinator, Lactation Management, BFHI Programme Sindh (1998-2003).
- Programme Manager, Nutrition Support Programme, Government of Sindh (1990-2007).
- President, Pakistan Pediatric Association (2002-2004).
- Member National Advisory Committee on EPI & Polio (2002-2008).
Dr. D.S. Akram has been honored with the Presidents' Gold Medal in 2001 and Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 2004. She has also been honored with the Rotary award for Community Service. More than sixty of her papers have been published in national and international journals.
Prof. Fehmina Arif
Prof. Fehmina Arif has been amongst the pioneers of HELP. She completed her MBBS from Dow Medical College Karachi in 1985. She did her DCH in 1996 from University of Karachi followed by FCPS from College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan.
She has many publications to her credit. Many of her research papers have been published in medical journals of repute in Pakistan as well as presented in national and international symposium and conferences. Currently she is working as Professor and Head of Department of a Unit in the Pediatrics, department in DUHS and Civil Hospital Karachi
Dr. Gulrukh Zakir Nency
Dr. Gulrukh Zakir Nensey obtained her MBBS from University of Karachi in 1982 and DCH from Karachi University in 1998. She personally supervises HELP's education project.
Dr. Gulrukh has special interest & experience in Infant and young child nutrition including breastfeeding and Lactation Management. Currently she is working as breast feeding consultant & nutrition advisor in Pediatrics Unit - II, Civil Hospital Karachi.
Ms. Mona Shaikh
Ms. Mona Shaikh is a home maker who has spec ial interest in education and flair for social work, she has dedicated her life to her children and improving lives of women and children in our society.
Other Members of Executive Committee
Ms. S. Kausar Khan
Miss Kausar Khan got her formal education in humanities and social sciences. S.K Khan did her Bachelors in Philosophy and Psychology from St Joseph's College, Karachi. She has done Masters in Philosophy, from Karachi University as well as from McMaster University Canada. She was a doctorate candidate in the department of religious studies at McMaster. The department was part of the faculty of Social Sciences. She finished all the doctorate requirements, but returned to Pakistan before defending the thesis.
Since 1986 Miss Kausar, has been with the department of Community Health Sciences, Agha Khan University. Before joining AKU, she was working in three katchi abadis of Karachi on a pilot project of FPAP (Family Planning Association of Pakistan) with a special focus on promoting women's economic activities. She has experience of working in katchi abadis and on women's issues especially those in poor urban and rural settings.
Her work in rural areas started with a Thatta District Health Systems Project funded by IDRC. Thatta Project became a stepping stone for two great learning experiences:
- Management training of senior government staff through the World Bank funded family Health Project.
- School Nutrition Project in seven districts of Sindh. This was funded by NORAD and was part of Sindh Primary Education Development Project being administered by the World Bank
Learning from these experiences provided the foundation for the conceptualization and involvement of the mega project: Tawana Pakistan.
Her prime areas of teaching, research, and programs are community participation, equity, gender, ethics and rights. She likes writing and occasionally writes for the popular press.