Pakistani microbiologists have been engaged with ASM for nearly a decade. Today, with more than 500 members (and growing), ASM is fostering professional development and international collaboration through BioResource Centers, webinars, workshops, meetings, and international exchanges. In 2014 ASM in collaboration with local partners will host workshops in laboratory sciences, establish more BioResource Centers, and support biosafety workshops hosted by the National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS).
Strengthening Clinical Laboratory Capacity Across Pakistan
In September 2013, ASM Ambassador to Pakistan, Dr. Shahana Kazmi, organized and hosted the ASM-Pakistan Society for Microbiology (PSM) National Microbiology Teachers Training Workshop. This four-day workshop brought together 35 senior lecturers and professors from universities throughout Pakistan for intensive courses on microbiology education. Participants attended sessions on best practices for both the classroom and the laboratory at the undergraduate and graduate level. ASM is proud of local efforts to build up microbiology education.
Class is in Session: Training a Generation of Microbiology Educators in Pakistan
In January 2014, ASM hosted a two week workshop on clinical microbiology mentorship at Aga Khan University (AKU) in Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Abdul Chagla, a long-time ASM consultant, and local experts from AKU, mentored 16 life scientists from every province in Pakistan in clinical laboratory diagnostics. The workshop was well received and the mentees’ eagerly returned to their home laboratories to implement the good microbiology practices and quality management skills they learned. It is ASM’s hope that these mentees will become mentors themselves, building sustainable laboratory capacity throughout Pakistan.
Collaboration with NAYS to promote Biosafety for Young Scientists
ASM Young Ambassador to Pakistan, Ms. Samreen Sarwar, and the leadership of the National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS), have developed and executed a series of “Biosafety for Young Scientists” workshops across Pakistan. Thus far, ASM has supported three workshops in Lahore, Islamabad, and Peshawar and plans are in the works for cities in the south of Pakistan. Each workshop has reached approximately 50 young scientists with lecture-based and hands-on training in the principles of laboratory biosafety, including the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE), handling of sharps, and disinfection/decontamination. Additionally, these workshops have been an excellent means of disseminating the ASM Guidelines for Biosafety in Undergraduate in Teaching Laboratories. ASM is excited to work with NAYS to build up knowledge and skills in this crucial area of microbiology.
University of Karachi
Jinnah University for Women
Bahauddin Zakariya University
Ambassadors to Pakistan