The Sindh Healthcare Commission (SHCC) in Pakistan announced the formation of an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to review research projects for scientific and ethical values and promote responsible research for health in the province. This new IRB would facilitate researchers by reviewing research projects to ensure that the rights and welfare of human subjects are protected, reports the SHCC.
Open Door Policy in this Region of Pakistan
The new IRB would welcome research projects of experienced as well as new investigators willing to initiate research in the areas of healthcare subjects especially in Sindh—one of the four provinces of Pakistan.
The group will focus on research projects that support healthcare quality improvement in Sindh as well as improvements in healthcare delivery.
The effort will be led by the following:
- Dr. Rafique Khanani, Chairman
- Dr. Faiza Erum Bhutto, Coordinator
- Professor Dr. Tasneem Ahmed
- Dr. Nazir Khan
- Dr. Sharaf Ali Shah
- Justice Sabir Chipa
- Dr. Najia Mansoor
- Dr. Ayaz Mustafa
- Samseen Zaiddi
Recently, the Directorate of Clinical Governance & Training attended the three-day workshop on patient safety and friendly health initiative organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Karachi.
The SHCC is setting up district offices at Ghotki, Noshehro, Feroze and Khairpur and a divisional office at Mirpurkhas.
Busy At Work
The Directorate of Anti-Quackery sealed 28 clinics this week. To date, 2,148 healthcare establishments have been sealed in Sindh, and warnings have been issued to the 564 health care establishments have been warned for non-compliance.
Who is SHCC?
The Sindh Healthcare Commission (SHCC) Bill, 2013, was passed by the Provincial Assembly of Sindh on 24th February, 2014. It assented to the Governor of Sindh on 19th March, 2014 to be published as an Act of the Legislature of Sindh. It was notified on 20th March 2014, in Karachi.
It was enacted as follows:
- This Act may be called the Sindh Healthcare Commission Act, 2013.
- It shall extend to the whole of the Province of Sindh.
- It shall come into force at once.
- It shall apply to healthcare establishments (HCEs’), public or private hospitals, non-profit organizations, charitable hospitals, trust hospitals, semi government and autonomous healthcare organizations.