Babar Tasneem Shaikh
Dr Babar Tasneem Shaikh is a medical graduate with postgraduate qualification in public health from École de Santé Publique, Nancy-France, PhD from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine UK, and a Fellowship from Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh-UK. His niche has been the health systems research (qualitative and quantitative both) in the underprivileged communities and poor population sub groups in the most difficult northern areas of the country in rural Sindh & Punjab, Chitral and Gilgit Baltistan. He has worked extensively for health systems strengthening contributing to health policies formulation, decentralization, public private partnership, strengthening information system, building capacity of the health managers, establishing community health revolving fund, and introducing community governance in health system. He has worked with projects funded by bilateral and multilateral donors such as Global Health Canada, USAID, World Bank, JSI, KfW, DFID, France, Italy and Norway etc. He has secured research grants and fellowships from World Health Organization, USAID, Aga Khan Foundation, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, and Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. His flagship work on health seeking behaviors, social determinants and health services utilization has got a cutting edge in the field. His research work is extensively disseminated through more than 110 peer reviewed publications in both national and international indexed journals. Besides his articles, he has training manuals, research reports, position papers, monographs and book chapters on Health System of Pakistan on his credit. He has taught health systems & policy at Masters and PhD level for over 15 years now. He established the first PhD program in Public health in Pakistan and has initiated the first peer reviewed journal of Public health in the country. Currently, he is serving as Associate Professor at Health Services Academy, and Technical Lead of Health & Population Think Tank at the Ministry of National Health Services, Islamabad.