THE e-LEARNING WORKSHOP ON INTERGROWTH-21ST AND INTERPRACTICE-21st HELD AT FAZAIA MEDICAL COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY ISLAMABAD ON 28TH NOVEMBER 2018
Of about 2.7 million deaths among children under the age of five annually, worldwide, about half are attributable to under-nutrition. According to the National Nutrition Survey 2011 of Pakistan, one-third of our children are underweight. Furthermore, maternal malnutrition is an added risk for growth faltering and stunting in childhood.
The Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER), a close collaborator of the World Health Organization (WHO) communicated its desire for the local dissemination of the its two training courses, Intergrowth-21st and interpractice-21st in Pakistan. The objective of these courses was to communicate the methodology of maternal, foetal and new-born growth monitoring and its application for comparison to international growth standards to make judgement about appropriateness of growth among infants and mothers.
Taking the initiative, the Department of Paediatrics under supervision of Principal Fazaia Medical College, Maj Gen® Professor Salman Ali, and Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology headed by Professor Ghazala Mahmud, arranged a day long e-learning workshop at, Air University Islamabad on 28th November 2018. GFMER funded the workshop.
The inaugural session was attended by faculty members and participants. Honourable Vice Chancellor, Air University, AVM® Faaiz Amir was the chief guest. The country ambassador of GFMER in Pakistan, Squadron Leader Dr Anjum Ara Saeed highlighted the background of the sponsoring organization. Later it was addressed by the chief guest and subject experts highlighting the importance of maternal and neonatal anthropometry in tackling the widespread problem of malnutrition in Pakistan. Later, the participants attempted the two courses on-line and hands on practice sessions were also arranged. In closing ceremony Principal FMC Maj Gen® Prof. Salman Ali, appreciated the efforts of the facilitators and motivated the participants for utilization of the Intergrowth-21st tools for correct measurement techniques of the new-born. At the end certificates were awarded by the chief guest to the participants.