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Health professionals from the Government of the Punjab enjoy bespoke, intensive training at Queen Mary

In partnership with the Punjab Resource Management and Policy Unit, Government of the Punjab, Pakistan, Queen Mary has developed and delivered training for a delegation of senior healthcare professionals. The delegates from Pakistan seek to further their understanding of Global Public Health issues to inform their work domestically.

The challenge

Work with the Punjab Resource Management and Policy Unit, Government of the Punjab, Pakistan following the Coronavirus pandemic began in earnest in Summer 2021. Initially expressing interest in a wide range of development areas, a project for senior healthcare professionals, we worked with the client to identify priority areas of development for the organisation, eventually choosing Global Public Health as the first course in what we hope to be a long term training relationship. Their time was limited and the training needed to be delivered over an intensive two-week period.

In early 2019 I discussed policy training through the Queen Mary Global Policy Institute (QMGPI) with the Punjab Provincial Government. The arrival of leading public health policy-makers from Punjab in early August 2022 after the most acute phase of the coronavirus pandemic was therefore especially meaningful.
— Professor Colin Grant, Vice Principal (International)

How did we work with our partners?

The party of delegates included senior health care professionals, including the Special Secretary of Primary and Secondary Healthcare.

In partnership with the Global Public Health Unit, Wolfson Institute of Population Health and the Global Policy Unit, the Executive Education team built a tailored academic programme focusing on specific areas of Global Public Health. The delegates attended face-to-face seminars, took part in interactive workshops and drafted and critically assessed policy documents. They went on field trips to the Wellcome Trust and the Pakistan High Commission, learning about global medical history, decolonisation and meeting with Embassy officials. The course culminated in a certificate ceremony, with invited guests from the Queen Mary University of London Senior Leadership team.

Queen Mary offered pastoral support to the Punjab Resource Management and Policy Unit delegation, providing concierge-level service throughout their visit.

The outcome

Delegates informed us they would be taking back the theory and practice learned to inform their future work within Pakistan’s Healthcare system, with some exploring further Masters Level study at Queen Mary University of London

91 per cent rated the course as “Excellent or “Very Good”, with all remaining respondents rating the course as “Good”.

The course was well compiled and informative. [the team] was co-operative and facilitating. I have personally learned a lot about global public health issues, looking forward to meeting again.

Course participant

Queen Mary Global Policy Institute, in concert with leading public health specialists in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, is extremely proud of this engagement and looks forward to further partnership with Pakistan and with other countries. QMGPI exists to translate research excellence at Queen Mary into lasting social and policy impact.
— Professor Colin Grant, Vice-Principal (International)

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Head of Short Courses, CPD & Executive education: Andy Colley

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