Announcement :

Dear All APPA members,




The next issue of the APPA e-journal, the Asia Pacific Journal of Pediatrics & Child Health (APJPCH) is due in September 2020 and we would like to publish the COVID situations from all countries of the APPA region. 


Fairos has already e-mailed a template for the write up for ready reference.


Looking forward to your contribution to your own journal.


Prof M Ashraf Sultan 

Editor in Chief, APJPOCH 


## Note: Please send your articles to admin@apjpch or to  Website is: ##


**Below is the APPA Secretary General, Dr. Zulkifli Ismail's  email dated June 23, 2020, with regards. to the COVID Situational Analysis for APJPCH.  The APPA Secretariat had e-mailed twice to all its members regarding this request. Thank you.**


>> Dear colleagues in APPA,
>> The Asia Pacific Journal of Pediatrics & Child Health (APJPCH), our
>> e-journal, is trying to compile a situational analysis of the countries in Asia Pacific on the COVID-19 pandemic.
>> Attached below is a list of contents to guide you in preparing this that was provided by Dr Iqbal Memon from Karachi.
>> We would appreciate your urgency and cooperation in this matter.
>> COVID Country Situation Analysis  (No word limit)
>> Try to include following.
>> Add figures, tables and curves.
>> Pandemic first introduced in your country
>> Overall figure of affected and mortality
>> Age<15 years (children, as defined by your country) figure of affected and mortality
>> Over all figure of affected and mortality in health care workers
>> Over all figure of affected and mortality in Pediatric health care workers
>> Case fatality rate
>> Testing capacity
>> Mitigation measures by Government
>> Following are the instructions for write up of Brief Review/guidelines as per best available evidence
>> Abstract: Maximum 150 words
>> Body of the Review:
>> Word count: Around 1,500 words (excluding Reference List)
>> 2-3 algorithms/Images /Tables/ Figures (If needed)
>> References
>> Vancouver style, any number of references depending upon the article requirement
>> Thank you all and we hope to get your cooperation in this project.
>> Zulkifli Ismail
>> APPA Secretary General
>> 23 June 2020
>> Note Please send your articles to admin@apjpch or to

Time is Running Out | Submit Your Abstract


Dr. Mumtaz


Pakistan Pediatric Association salutes Dr. OSAMA for giving his life in the line of duty and keeping Hippocratic oath  in such a sincere and dedicated way , not caring for his own life.

But at the same time it is sad that this young death could have been avoided if PPE was available in timely manner when  The Zairean were  allowed to enter into Pakistan.


Let us hope that all health workers are given PPE and their health is looked after by authorities. We will continue to raise voice.

We pray for Maghfarat of Dr. OSAMA abd at the same time pray for health of all frontline health workers.

Hope everyone stays safe.

THE Pakistan Pediatric Association stringently condemns the killing of eight-year-old Zohra, a domestic worker. Her fault was that she mistakenly let some parrots out of cage.

She was probably expressing her own heartfelt wish to be free like the parrots. Not only has a heinous crime been committed against a minor child, hiring an eight-year-old child even for domestic work, is against child labour laws as enshrined in the UN charter of child labour.

Pakistan as a charter member of UN has banned hazardous labour under age 14 years of age. Even domestic work is hazardous for a child aged less than 10 years.

Unscrupulous people in Pakistan prefer to employ children as they are paid much less. This is exploitation of the powerless by the powerful segments of society.

The government, particularly the human rights ministry, is urged to ensure that justice is done in this case.

Furthermore, the federal and provincial governments should ensure that children are not employed even for domestic work. The minimum age for employment should be 16 years. In addition, all such workers should be registered and the terms and conditions of their employment should be clearly defined and properly implemented.

Dr Mumtaz Lakhani
Sec-Gen, PPA

Published in Dawn, June 26th, 2020

Abstract Submission Guidelines: here.

The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Polio meeting held on 29th & 30th August 2019



 Prime Minister Imran Khan continues to deliver on his vision of improving Health Care facilities in Pakistan and bringing it par with international standards. This medical talent program has following details:


Pakistani medical graduates holding the full  MD/ MS or FCPS in any discipline are invited for two year fully funded higher training positions in leading teaching hospitals in the UK.


Where possible, preference will be given to those wishing to pursue advanced training in anesthesia, intensive care, neonatology, emergency medicine and pathology.


Candidates from all disciplines are welcome to apply


Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview in late September 2019, and the first batch of fifty higher trainees can expect to commence working in the UK from March 2020


Upon completion of this two-year training program, all trainees are required to return to Pakistan and to serve in government hospitals for a minimum period of five years


To apply, complete the online application form. The last date for receipt of electronic applications is by 5pm, Pakistan Standard Time on Friday 16th August, 2019.


The Prime Minister’s Medical Talent Scholarship Programme, 



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News Bulletin : Bioethics Links, June 2019

CBEC Academic Programs: PGD 2020 and MBE 2021, Call for Applications

Dear Colleagues,


The Center of Biomedical Ethics and Culture (CBEC), SIUT, in Karachi offers a one year Postgraduate Diploma Program (PGD) in Biomedical Ethics and a two year Masters in Bioethics (MBE) program. We are now accepting applications for intake of students for PGD, Class of 2020 and MBE, Class of 2021 for the next academic year for PGD and MBE that commences in January 2020.


The PGD and MBE programs run concomitantly and require attending four on campus teaching modules and completing distance learning assignments during the year. Students are taught by national and international faculty. 

Free accommodation on twin sharing basis, subject to availability, is provided to out of town students admitted to the programs.


The deadline for receiving complete applications in CBEC is July 20, 2019.


Further details of the programs including eligibility criteria, required documents, the admission process, as well as electronic application forms are available on our website Please click on academic programs to access information and forms.

If you require clarification or additional information, please feel free to email us at or call at (92-21) 99216957.

*Additional Training Opportunity in Nairobi, Kenya


Successful graduates from these programs will be eligible to apply for a fully funded two weeks Research Ethics Course / Practicum at KEMRI, Nairobi in Kenya.


Please circulate this announcement widely within your institutions and to interested individuals. Thank you.




Farhat Moazam, M.D., FACS, PhD
Professor and Chairperson
Center of Biomedical Ethics and Culture, SIUT
Karachi 74200, Pakistan 


Aamir Jafarey. FCPS. FRCS
Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Culture, SIUT
Karachi 74200, Pakistan

Statement on Migrant Children at  Borders

Request for original or review articles for APPA e journal (APJPCH)

Dear All APPA members,


Greetings from the APPA Secretariat in Kuala Lumpur.

The APPA electronic journal -Asia Pacific Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health (APJPCH)- is currently being published regularly (quarterly).

APJPCH Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Sultan from Pakistan, would like to ask APPA member countries for original or review articles for publication.

Please disseminate this news to individual National Paediatric Association members and e-mail articles to

Other important E-mail IDs are:

Editor:                         and

Manuscript Submission:

Instructions for Authors can be found at.


The e journal website is

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Pakistan Pediatric association

World Immunization Week Report 24 - 30 April 2019. (PPA)

 Pakistan Pediatric Journal


The Pakistan Pediatric Journal is looking to expand the number of reviewers on its list. Those interested may kindly apply to the Editor/Chief Editor of PPJ through email

The requirements for a reviewer are;

·         Should have an active interest in academic pediatrics

·         Should be familiar with editing, objectively and without bias

·         Those with previous experience of reviewing and publications in national and international peer review journals shall be preferred.

Prof. Sajid Maqbool (Chief Editor)

Prof. Humayun Iqbal Khan (Managing Editor)

Pakistan Pediatric Journal

Room # 12-13, Executive Floor, Al-Qadir Heights, New Garden Town, Lahore

Cell # 0321-8485702, 0333-4211214, 0300-483006


With regards



16th Biennial PIMA Sindh Convention

Reuters, the news agency reported on April 23 that the top cause of sleeping infant deaths is soft bedding (gaddas) - Most sleep-related suffocation deaths among babies less than one year old happen because infants’ airways got blocked by things like pillows, blankets, couch cushions or adult mattresses, a U.S. study suggests.


Unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury and death among infants under age one in the U.S., researchers note in Pediatrics. For the study, researchers examined national registry data 1,812 cases of sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) between 2011 and 2014.


Overall, 250 cases, or 14 percent, involved suffocation. About 69 percent of these suffocation cases were caused by soft bedding like pillows and blankets or by infants sleeping on adult mattresses or couch cushions, which are may not be as firm as crib mattresses.


“Among soft bedding deaths, more than half of infants five to 11 months old had their airways obstructed by blankets compared with less than one-third of younger infants,” said lead study author Alexa Erck Lambert of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Chamberlee, Georgia.


Often, the older infants in the study who were suffocated by blankets got tangled up in them, Lambert said by email.


“It is likely that these older, more developed infants were mobile enough to become entangled in blankets but were not yet coordinated enough to free themselves,” Lambert noted.


For babies up to four months old, pillows caused suffocation almost twice as often as for older infants in the study.