A bioethicists group of Pakistan, the Bioethics Assembly, held their initial seminar at the Aga Khan Hospital on Saturday.
The Bioethics Assembly, a name yet to be finalised, is an academic group from the Aga Khan University (AKU), which aims to spread education and information regarding bioethics in medical colleges, universities, hospitals and health care units.
The participants at the seminar underscored on the need for lectures and discussions on bioethics at different institutions and health care centres to create awareness.
The AKU Bioethics Unit Coordinator, Dr Arshi Farooqui, encouraged participants to write articles in medical journals to spread information.
Farooqi said that there is a deficiency of bioethics education in the country and the university will soon offer short courses to assist more people.
The Bioethics Assembly, comprising three batches of the AKU graduates and masters in Bioethics, will meet every alternate month to discuss and spread information on new topics emerging in the field.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 29th, 2012.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly mentioned the AKU bioethics group as the first Pakistani bioethics group. This is incorrect. The error is regretted.