Work at National and Local levels to improve the health and well-being of women and children in developing countries, Our Maternal and Child health effort encompass a wide range of Services, including strengthening the policy environment, building the capacity of civil Society to encourage advocacy and Community mobilization, social marketing and public-private partnership development, and computer modeling for policy development and resource allocation.
•Health of Pregnant mother is our prior Goal.
• Prenatal checkups prevent complications of pregnancy and reduce Maternal Morbidity and Mortality.
•To educate mother about importance of Breast Feeding.
•Mental well being of the pregnant mother.
•First 24 hour is very important for the newborn especially in the poor and underdeveloped countries.
•Lack of trained staff in handling of Newborn & Resuscitation.
•Promotion of Kangarooing.
•Infectious disease is one of the major killer in the children.
•Diarrheal disease and ORS.
•Especially pregnant mother in the underdeveloped country have lots of stress during pregnancy
•ADHD, PTSD in children.
"Give me an educated mother, I shall promise you the birth of a civilized, educated nation"
The inclusion of this saying in rural mothers, IMCHF decided that non-formal education must be provided for mothers who have missed out on formal education. This means that mothers should be given systematic learning opportunities to address their specific needs. One of the purposes of this basic non-formal mother education is to facilitate and augment the exercise of basic child and mother health and to save mothers to be marginalized especially in rural areas because this problem has increased due to a number of man-made and natural disasters.
Diversity of needs of the target groups i.e. mothers health; decrease the mortality rate among newborn babies, and special education for children in schools, IMCHF made a special action plan to provide maximum opportunities to bring drastic changes in the lives of both (mother and child) because research has indicated that non-formal education has the same effects as formal schooling on demographic changes (mother’s reproductive and child health). In this way, women can be empowered and also leads to healthy births and healthier families.
IMCHF has a belief that the relationship between non-formal education for mothers and child birth, health, and survival rates can play a vital role in the lives of rural communities. Furthermore, the studies also show that non-formal education can also bring a big change to mother’s basic health information; duration of breastfeeding, family planning, and raising behaviours.
IMCHF also has a strong believe to focus on special education for gifted and special children.
To summarize the Education Act, all children are entitled to education according to their needs. Some children have special or different educational needs.
These educational needs ascend primarily due to congenital or developmental differences which create difficulties for special children to learn in a regular teaching classroom. To fulfill these needs, IMCHF has professionals to make differences in child’s intellectual, linguistic, cognitive, social or emotional functioning.
Main objectives of an action plan for special and non-formal education
- An synopsis of special education
- To provide safe and quality education (formal and non-formal)
- To facilitate stable lives to mothers and children
- To deliver special education at no cost to children according to their individualized needs
- Individual evaluation and Individualize Education Program (IEP)
- Personal guidance and close relationship with needy families
IMCHF plans to produce important medical research focused on maternal and child health based on its field data and experience. In order to facilitate its translational mandate and produce high impact published articles in peer-reviewed journals IMCHF has setup a dedicated Medical Research department.
The vision of IMCHF research department is to collect data and produce manuscripts with the goal to impact potential changes in clinical practice and humanitarian advocacy. Also, the research department’s mission is to contribute to the design and promotion of original operational medical projects in IMCHF intervention settings.
IMCHF Primary Research Objectives:
1. Building Multifaceted Research Focus
IMCHF research work will be focused initially on the most frequent diseases including; malaria, tuberculosis, HIV infection, and children malnutrition. And, on diseases with epidemic potential including; cholera, meningitis, measles, and other infectious diseases. However, IMCHF plans to design and conduct research focusing on; chronic diseases, emergencies, environmental health, mental health, vaccination and women’s reproductive health.
2. Providing Basic Research Training & Developing Research Resources
IMCHF research department plans to develop and deliver training programs on field epidemiology, primarily directed to IMCHF field personnel. Initially, the training will be focusing on; basic concepts of epidemiology, research tools and methods, enquiries (nutritional, vaccines, mortality), rapid assessment in emergency situations and definition of health priorities, investigation and response to epidemics and monitoring. Further, IMCHF plans to develop an Ethics Review Board and to make available research resources and tools facilitating IMCHF researchers working in the field. Also, IMCHF research department will be laying out an operational research policy framework and will be facilitating development of study concept and the reporting of observational studies.
3. Facilitating Published Research
IMCHF research department will be making available resources facilitating development of research articles development and encouraging scientific conference participation/presentation of IMCHF’s field data.
4. Facilitating Research Partnership
IMCHF research department plans to facilitate collaboration and develop mutually beneficial partnership with a number of humanitarian and research partners in the field.
RESEARCH SCHOLAR TRAINING PROGRAM IN NEUROSCIENCES RESEARCH & MEDICAL EDUCATION (RSTP – NRME)
This Research Scholar Training Program in Neurosciences Research & Medical Education (RSTP – NRME) at the International Maternal & Child Health Foundation (IMCHF) is designed for those doctoral degree recipients who are planning to pursue careers in neurosciences research & medical education. RSTP – NRME trainees pursue clinical research free from the demands of obtaining grants and teaching, although opportunities to do both are available. The aim of this program is to guide doctoral fellows to develop skills and experience in clinical research and scientific management to enable their own investigative career. Research in the program is conducted under the direction of clinical, research and management mentors. The core aspect of the program is the mentoring relationship that will eventually enable an independent program of research. The training program offers seminar and webinar based courses to promote research and professional development. At the IMCHF, research scholars work in a highly collaborative research environment with leading scientists and clinicians.
Dr. Zia Choudhry, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., M.B.A.
Vice-Chairman & Director of Research
Program Director, Neurosciences Research & Medical Education Program
Senior Research Scientist, Division of Research & Medical Education
Dr. Adnan Maqsood Choudhry, B.A., M.D., M.B., B.S.
Program Advisor, Neurosciences Research & Medical Education Program
Research Scholar, Division of Research & Medical Education
Dr. Huma Ikram, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D
Associate Program Advisor, Neurosciences Research & Medical Education Program Research Scholar, Division of Research & Medical Education
Eligibility: To be eligible for global research scholar training in the IMCHF – NRME, individuals must hold a doctoral degree (PhD, PsyD, MD, DDS, or the equivalent). U.S./Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be appointed to Research Scholars positions; citizens of other nations are appointed as Visiting Research Scholars.
Stipend and Benefits: The global research scholar trainees at the IMCHF will work honorary but support for coursework related to the trainee's research and travel to meetings is often available.
Application Procedure: As is generally the case, potential applicants for research scholar positions are encouraged to contact IMCHF investigators with whom they would like to work directly, regardless of whether a position has been posted or not.
Before applying, candidates must contact the program faculty to discuss their research area of interest. To apply, email the following information, as PDF attachments, to the Associate Program Director, Dr. Adnan Maqsood Choudhry, firstname.lastname@example.org:
A cover letter specifying a clearly identified area of interest and indicating a specific mentor(s):
Three letters of recommendation should be e-mailed as a PDF document directly from the recommenders to Dr. Adnan Maqsood Choudhry, email@example.com.
Also, for questions, please contact Dr. Adnan Maqsood Choudhry, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Research Scholars (July, 1st, 2014 – June, 30th, 2015):
1.Dr. Adnan Maqsood Choudhry (Medical Education & Leadership)
2.Dr. Huma Ikram (Basic Research)
3.Dr. Numan Majeed (Basic & Clinical Research)
4.Dr. A.S. Noonari (Public Health & Humanitarian Medicine)
Past Research Scholars (July, 1st, 2012 – June, 30th, 2014):
1.Dr. Adnan Maqsood Choudhry (Basic & Clinical Research)
*Program faculty is affiliated honorary with Research Scholar Training Program in Neurosciences Research and Medical Education (RSTP – NRME)