Pakistan to host second Global Rehabilitation Leadership Institute in Islamabad


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Islamabad: The Global Rehabilitation Leadership Institute (GRLI), a prestigious academic training, will take place from July 16 to 22 in Islamabad. This global course will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders who serve as leaders in the field of rehabilitation and health systems strengthening in Pakistan and globally. The training is being organized by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, as part of the Learning, Acting, and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems (ReLAB-HS) activity supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The training will provide participants with the opportunity to build leadership capacity to address the need for accessible and high-quality rehabilitation and assistive technology (AT) services across health systems within their countries.

The Leadership Institute will feature a distinguished lineup of local and global speakers and panelists, including Dr. Sania Nishtar, Member of the Senate of Pakistan; Dr. Alarcos Cieza, World Health Organization (WHO); and Dr. Cyrus Engineer, Johns Hopkins University. During the training, participants will have the opportunity to learn from faculty representing rehabilitation, policy, advocacy, health care, medical education, and health systems, through keynote presentations, panel discussions, lectures, and hands-on group activities.

The Leadership Institute produces rehabilitation and health systems champions, and alumni will use their leadership training to guide strategic action and change within their organizations. In addition, the Leadership Institute facilitates networking opportunities, enabling participants to connect with different professionals, exchange ideas and learn from shared experiences, and establish meaningful relationships for future collaborations.
The Leadership Institute will foster an environment conducive to knowledge exchange and achieving the vision of creating a stronger, rehabilitation-inclusive health system in Pakistan.

“We are excited to host the second offering of the Global Rehabilitation Leadership Institute in Pakistan and provide a platform for key multisectoral stakeholders to come together, learn from each other, and develop the leadership skills necessary to develop stronger health systems which are organized to meet the needs of the population,” noted Dr. Abdulgafoor Bachani, Director of ReLAB-HS.

“With an aging global population and an increase in the number of people living with chronic diseases, now more than ever, we must come together to ensure rehabilitation services are mainstreamed within health systems to optimize the functioning and well-being of the population,” he added.

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