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The Aga Khan University Pakistan Initiative for Non-Communicable Diseases (AKUPI-NCDs) Research Training Program

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Funding Fogarty Program

Chronic, Noncommunicable Diseases and Disorders Research Training

Project Information in NIH RePORTER

The Aga Khan University Pakistan Initiative for Non-Communicable Diseases (AKUPI-NCDs) Research Training Program

Principal Institution

Aga Khan University (Pakistan)

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Samad, Zainab; Almas, Aysha; Bloomfield, Gerald Samuel; Kamal, Ayeesha Kamran

Project Contact Information

Email: samad.zainab@aku.edu

Year(s) Awarded

2021–2026

Country

Pakistan

Collaborators

Duke University

Project Description

Pakistan, a low-middle income country (and fifth most-populous in the world), has limited capacity to address its existing noncommunicable disease (NCD) crisis. Leveraging existing infrastructure at the Aga Khan University’s flagship program in Karachi, Pakistan, the extensive Aga Khan Development Network, and long-standing collaborations with Duke University, we have designed a robust, integrated, multidisciplinary research training program targeting cardio-cerebrovascular diseases and their risk factors with a prioritization of surveillance and implementation research methods that leverage big data and mobile health (mHealth). We expect that this program will directly increase Pakistan’s research capacity, a critical element in a comprehensive NCD response.

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