Dr. Kate Armstrong (President and Founder) and Mrs. Catherine Cole (Vice President) of CLAN (Caring & Living As Neighbours) visited the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) in Karachi in November 2014. CLAN is an Australian non-government-organisation (NGO), dedicated to the dream that children living with chronic health conditions in resource poor countries will enjoy a quality of life on par with that of their neighbours’ children in higher-income countries. CLAN has been partnering with NICH since 2007, supporting efforts by NICH and local Karachi NGO Atfaal Welfare Society (AWS) to optimize quality of life for children living with the chronic health conditions congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) and diabetes. The Pakistani hosts for the visit at NICH and who are absolute experts in their field: Prof Jamal Raza (a fellow Pediatric Endocrinologist and the Director of NICH) and Dr Yasir Khan (another member of NICH’s Endocrinology Department)
CLAN delegation also included Associate Professor Maria Craig, a specialist Paediatric Endocrinologist from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) to learn more about child health in Karachi and seek to collaborate and contribute in future. In future, CLAN and NICH have plans to further develop a hub in Pakistan for communities of families caring for children with chronic health conditions. NICH and CLAN will focus on education and capacity building that is child and family centred. CLAN is committed to collaborative action that will redress inequities and maximize quality of life for the most vulnerable children of Pakistan.