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New Journal:
Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences

Dear Colleagues
The latest issue of the Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences has been published
and is uploaded on

Contributions are welcome. Articles are published in several categories – original
papers, case reports, reviews, perspectives, book reviews and other categories.
Instructions for authors can be accessed on the website. We promise a quick review
process and adherence to the highest standards.  

The journal has applied for MEDLINE indexing and is awaiting a decision from the
National Library of Medicine in the United States.

Best regards
Saad Shafqat

KARACHI: SIUT performs landmark transplants

KARACHI, Dec 30: The Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation achieved a
milestone in its area of specialisation by performing the first deceased donor
transplantation after the promulgation of the Transplantation of Human Organs and
Tissues Ordinance 2007 in February.

Dr Anwar Naqvi of the SIUT told Dawn on Sunday that his institute had performed at
least two deceased donor transplantations before the passage of the new law. The new
transplantation was performed at the SIUT by a team of surgeons led by Prof Adib
Rizvi on Dec 29, 2007.

“The donor was Prof Razak Memon, professor of pathology at the Sindh Medical
College. The 59-year-old professor was from Pir Jo Goth and he sustained massive
intracranial bleeding. All measures to save Prof Memon’s life had been instituted since
his admission on Dec 25, 2007. However, according to the neurosurgeon, surgery was
not possible due to massive brain injury,” said Dr Naqvi.

“On Dec 27, Prof Memon sustained irreversible brain death. The diagnosis of brain
death was certified by a team at the Civil Hospital’s surgical ICU consisting of
neurosurgeon Prof Junaid Ashraf, neurophysician Prof Abdullah and intensivist Prof
Saeeda Haider on two separate occasions.”

He explained that the brain death protocol enunciated in the Transplantation of Human
Organs and Tissues Ordinance 2007 was duly followed.

According to an SIUT statement, Prof Memon’s family has been aware of all aspects of
transplantation for over 20 years. “His brother received a renal transplantation from
his mother in 1986 in London. Later on, his brother received a renal transplantation
donated from his wife at SIUT in 1994. The benefits of renal transplantation were clear
to the family as two of its members were beneficiaries of successful transplantation,
which changed their quality of life so positively as to allow their full rehabilitation and
restoration to a healthy life.”

The SIUT statement adds that the family decided to donate both kidneys of Prof
Memon to save the lives of at least two patients of dialysis in accordance with the donor’
s wish made during his lifetime.

“The kidneys were removed surgically on Dec 29. The recipients of the kidneys were
30-year-old Zarina, a housewife from Dadu, and 17-year-old Kashmala, a student from
Dera Ghazi Khan. The first recipient has three children, the eldest being 10 years old.
She had no donors in the family. The second recipient has three siblings but none of
them matched with their sister on tissue typing. Both the patients are doing well after
the surgery,” says the SIUT statement.

Special Issue of The Lancet

We congratulate Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta, Professor & Chair, Department of
Paediatrics & Child Health, Aga Khan University and his colleagues at LSHTM, London
in initiating the publishing of a s
pecial issue of the Lancet which will primarily
focus on primary healthcare.
 This issue will be published just before the 30th
Anniversary of the Alma-ata , earmarking the International Conference of Primary
Health Care to be held on
September 12, 2008.

This special issue of The Lancet will marshall the available evidence to address both the
promise and the pitfalls of primary health care and discuss continuing relevance to
improve global health.

Submission of papers documenting original research relevant to primary health care
and policy-oriented are invited.  Relevant papers can also be sent to: Dr. Zulfiqar
Ahmed Bhutta, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Aga Khan University ,
Karachi , Pakistan .  For online submission go to:

Access to 40,000 online books to
Researchers/Universities in Pakistan

"The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has launched ebrary to provide 40,000
online books in addition to 23,000 journals that have been made available through the
Digital Library Programme. The e-books support programme will allow researchers to
access most of the important text and reference books electronically in a variety of
subject areas."


"Chlorhexidine Vaginal and Neonatal Wipes in Home
Births in Pakistan: A Randomized Controlled Trial"

Dear Colleagues,

It gives me tremendous pleasure to announce the selection of
Dr. Sarah Saleem 's
paper: "Chlorhexidine Vaginal and Neonatal Wipes in Home Births in
Pakistan: A Randomized Controlled Trial"
slated for publication in the
November issue of the journal, Obstetrics & Gynecology, for presentation at the NIH
launch of the 2007 CSE Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development.

As indicated in their email below, the US National Institutes of Health and the Council
of Scientific Editors considered manuscripts from science and medical journals from
around the world using a rigorous review process.  We are indeed fortunate to have Dr.
Saleem's article selected.

This reflects both the high caliber of science and the hard work of Dr. Saleem and the
Global Network team in Pakistan as well as our US collaborators.  Please join me in
congratulating Dr. Saleem and the entire Chlorhexidine Trial team on their
achievement.  Recognition of this sort will allow AKU to build a sound global scientific
reputation, a goal to which we are all committed.

Well done Dr. Saleem.


Omrana Pasha, MBBS, MSPH
Senior Foreign Investigator
Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research
Department of Community Health Sciences
Aga Khan University.

On behalf of Dr. Roger Glass, Director, Associate Director for International Research
and Director, Fogarty International Center, NIH; Dr. Ana Marusic, the President of the
Council of Science Editors (CSE); and Dr. Donald Lindberg, Director, National Library
of Medicine, NIH; we are pleased to inform you that the manuscript entitled,
"Chlorhexidine Vaginal and Neonatal Wipes in Home Births in Pakistan: A Randomized
Controlled Trial" has been accepted for presentation at the NIH launch of the 2007
CSE Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development.

The public event will be held on Monday, October 22, 2007 at the Masur Auditorium
(Bldg), located on the campus of the U.S. NIH in Bethesda , Maryland . Abstracts
submitted for consideration at this event have undergone a rigorous review process by
CSE and NIH scientific review committees. Manuscripts from science and medical
journals from around the world competed for the event and we are delighted that
Obstetrics & Gynecology is among the selected few.

In an effort to ensure high-quality presentations at the event, we ask that you please
consult with the authors of the manuscript and select one or two speakers who are best
able to make an engaging presentation and could easily engage in a Q&A discussion. We
are hoping in particular that presenters from the developing world will be represented.
The audience will likely include NIH scientists, development experts, and members of
the media. Author(s) will give a 15 minute presentation followed by a 15 minute
discussion with the public. The event will convene from 10:00AM - 3:30PM.

In addition, we would like to invite author(s) to a dinner meeting that will be held on
October 21, 2007 from 7:00PM - 9:00PM at the Lawton Chiles International House
(Bldg. 16), main NIH campus, Hosted by Fogarty, the meeting will give author(s) the
opportunity to plan for the next day's proceedings and strategize talking points with
event moderators and speakers. Travel and accommodations for the event will be
arranged and paid for by Courtesy and Associates, Inc. on behalf of Fogarty.

We hope to hear from you as soon as possible. Please respond to Ms. Milagros Ruiz no
later than 5:00PM EST on Thursday, September 6, 2007 with the names and contact
information of author(s) selected for presentation. A detailed meeting program will be

We look forward to your journal's participation at the NIH launch of the CSE Global
Theme Issue.

Kind regards,
Karen J. Hofman M.D.

Division of International Science Policy, Planning and Evaluation
Fogarty International Center
National Institutes of Health
Building 16
16 Center Drive , MSC 6705
Bethesda MD 20892-6705

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