A consultative workshop on the Development of Curricula on Health Equity and Human Rights in Public Health Response sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO) was held at the Punjab University (PU) Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) on Thursday.
The idea was to prepare curriculum and modules to train doctors, medical staff, teachers and students to help improve healthcare service delivery in the public health sector.
PU Dean of Behavioural and Social Sciences Prof Zakria Zakar, Lahore Medical and Dental College Professor Seema Daud, Dr Rubina Zakria, Services Institute of Medical Sciences Associate Professor Shahnaz participated in the workshop.
Prof Zakria said the ISCS was developing a medical education course that would address issues of health equity, human rights and gender-based violence.
“The course will stress the need to highlight human rights in the healthcare system in Pakistan.”
Prof Zakria said rights of patients must be respected and should be part of medical education.
“Doctors must be trained to detect and support victims of violence as the healthcare system was the frontline of support for such victims.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2015.