March 22, 2021

HSP, Local Partners Train A Cohort Of Female Veterinarians In Pakistan

In Pakistan, HSP along with our partners, the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC)’s Dr. Zahida Fatima and the Association For Biorisk Management, recently held a five-day One Health training for female veterinarians. This training was designed to provide 40 female veterinarians with best practices for prevention, detection, and response to zoonotic diseases. The continuing education and networking will also help the participants to expand their work opportunities in health promotion and extension services.

Educating female veterinarians is important because One Health is a relatively new concept in Pakistan and these women are key to effective interventions. These professionals are well-positioned to inform conservative, rural households about zoonosis because they are allowed to communicate with the women in these areas, who work with their family’s animals.

The training, which began on March 1, 2021, also covered data collection and surveillance, which will be used by the participants to conduct a survey on the prevalence of zoonotic diseases in their respective areas.

When designing this training, Dr. Zahida Fatima said she thought of the quote, “Give me an educated mother, I shall promise you the birth of a civilized, educated nation.” HSP could not agree more!