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Nimra Khan

MSc Public Health

Nimra Khan with Professor Ashraf Jawaid and Professor Gurch Randhawa"I will graduate with an MSc in Public Health from the University of Bedfordshire in October 2016. Looking back, I believe this has been one of the most exciting years of my life, both in terms of academic achievements and the social activities I participated in.

The University places great value on multi-ethnic and diverse communities, therefore, I have met and made friends with people from all around the world. I have been able to benefit from lecturers with leading researchers in the field of public health. Also, the course curriculum is based on ongoing national and international research which helps students develop skills and apply this learning in their country’s context. I developed an interest in the research area of organ donation and transplantation after having read my mentor's (Professor Gurch Randhawa) work. He has truly been an inspiration for me to participate in the organ donation campaign. His focus is to create awareness and encourage people to think about signing up for organ donation. His profound efforts in the field have resulted in impact related to this area of research, both in the UK and overseas.

I look forward to continue working in the field of organ donation in Pakistan by working at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT). SIUT is devoted to serving people in Pakistan who suffer from kidney disease, and promotes the idea of organ donation. I am glad to be able to play my part in this great cause of saving people’s lives. As a commonwealth scholar from Pakistan, I am passionate about improving healthcare service delivery in public sector hospitals in my country. This has motivated me to focus my Master's dissertation on identifying the facilitators and barriers for Public Private Partnerships policy in healthcare service delivery in the Sindh province of Pakistan. The study employs a qualitative methodology through in-depth interviews, which have been analysed using thematic and content analysis. There are currently no studies which have explicitly explored the challenges and constraints facing the Public Private Partnerships policy in Sindh. Due to unprecedented resistance from healthcare staff, the Government is currently unable to implement this policy. Hence, my research is the first of its kind in relation to generating evidence, and hopefully providing a way forward for the provincial Government on the issue.

I strongly believe that strengthening the health systems in low and middle income countries is achievable, if policies introduced are based on good quality evidence. By using various research methods such as quantitative, qualitative and other epidemiologic designs, perspectives of various stakeholders and community needs can be identified. The actions taken on needs basis as a result can promote both value for money and good practice."

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