This special event celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD) and follows this years United Nations IWD theme “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”

The event features three senior medical professionals with extensive experience both in Pakistan and the United Kingdom. We are delighted that Ambassador (Retd) Leena Salim Moazzam, wife of the High Commissioner for Pakistan to the United Kingdom, will grace the occasion with her opening remarks.

Lt Gen Nigar Johar, along with Dr Naseem Salahuddin and Dr Samia Latif will be in conversation with Dr Humaira Jamal as moderator. The talk will centre around issues relating to the COVID-19 Pandemic and its disproportionate impact on BAME communities in the UK, as well as mitigation and recovery efforts so far being made both in Pakistan and the UK.


Lt Gen Nigar Johar has the distinction of being the first woman 3 star General in the Pakistan Army and has been the Surgeon General of the Pakistan Army since June 2020.

Dr Naseem Salahuddin is Head of Infectious Diseases at The Indus Hospital and is currently spearheading the initiative on COVID-19 in Sind. She has a postgraduate in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. She is certified with the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine), and recognized for her works in this field with FACP (Fellowship American College of Physicians). She has authored over 50 scientific publications in peer reviewed medical journals, and has written over 100 articles, O-peds and short stories. She has founded CEDF (Citizens’ Education Development Foundation) which is dedicated to teaching underprivileged children who have missed out on school. Dr Naseem is a member of “WHO Advisory Committee for Rabies”, “SAGE WG for Rabies Vaccine and Immune Globulin” and a member of “WHO Advisory Panel for Neglected Tropical Diseases”. Dr Naseem and her husband Iftikhar Salahuddin are avid world travellers.

Dr Samia Latif currently works as a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control at Public Health England. Samia is the Assistant Academic Registrar for UK’s Faculty of Public Health and a member of the Faculty’s Global Health Committee and following Special Interest Groups: Pakistan, Mental Health, Diversity & Equality and Global Violence Prevention. She also chairs PHE’s BAME network. Samia is a GMC appraiser, an educational supervisor and an accredited mentor. Her areas of interest are health protection, culturally intelligent leadership, global public health and public mental health. She is a keen advocate for gender and race equality and is the UK Diaspora Lead for Women in Global Health Pakistan.


Dr Humaira Jamal Dr Humaira Jamal is Consultant physician in Supportive Care Medicine at the Peace Hospice and Central London Community Healthcare trust. Prior to this, she was lead Clinician in Enhanced Supportive Care and Palliative Medicine at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre UK from 2004-2019, and before that served as the clinical lead for Palliative Medicine at Harefield Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust. Having initially qualified with MBBS from Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan, she obtained a scholarship for a research project in 1988 in Endocrinology at the Hammersmith Hospital and was awarded a PhD by the University of London in 1992. Having completed her specialist medical training she was appointed Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust in 2005. She has a particular interest in developing Palliative care services.

Time: 2 – 3pm GMT (7- 8 pm, Pakistan time)

Date: Monday, 8 March 2021 (coinciding with International Women’s Day 2021)

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You will of course be aware of the problems arising from the Coronavirus contagion and the need for everyone to take particular care and observe the restrictions on movements and assembly that the Government has announced. It seems safe to assume that these restrictions will remain in being for many weeks and possibly several months.

With this in mind, the Executive Committee of the Pakistan Society has decided that all further meetings of the Society should be online only for the time being.  The Annual Dinner is currently postponed. Given the uncertainties over the duration of the restrictions we cannot say whether it will be possible to stage any dinner this year. Just as soon as we know when the restrictions are lifted, and we judge it prudent to resume normal service, we will inform you.

It hardly needs stating that the Executive Committee hopes that this dreadful pandemic can be swiftly overcome and that in the meantime all of the Society’s members and their families and friends, wherever they may be, remain safe and free of infection.

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