Dear APPNA Family:
It is my privilege to share with you the historic signing of an MOU between USAID and APPNA.
Under the terms of this MOU, USAID will provide logistics support at their centers in Pakistan, for APPNA physicians, to provide health care when visiting Pakistan. APPNA will also coordinate training and continuing education of their medical and paramedical staff through its MERIT Program, besides consultations to their physicians through the already established Telemedicine Program. This is the first step for APPNA supporting better health care for masses in Pakistan, besides the support we all provide regularly to our Alumni and associated hospitals.
The process was initiated when I had the privilege to meet Mr. John Groarke, Mission Director, USAID Pakistan, during his visit to USA in March. We were able to discuss the value that APPNA can bring to USAID in its activities in Pakistan and potentially in other countries. Mr. Groarke, and USAID officers in Pakistan, especially Ms. Kanwal Bokharey, realized the potential, and pursued with us a mechanism that this relationship could come to fruition. APPNA, will as always, provide these services through its volunteer physicians, and USAID will provide access and logistical support at their centers.
I am grateful to Dr. Sajid Chaudhry, President-Elect, Dr. Dawood Nasir, Treasurer, Dr. Mubasher Rana, Immediate Past president and Chair APPNA Medical Corps, and Dr. Naheed Usmani, Chair APPNA Telemedicine Program, for traveling to New York to attend this landmark event. I will like to express my thanks to all the members who attended the ceremony despite poor weather. We are also obliged to the Consul General of Pakistan in NY, Honorable Raja Ejaz for hosting the ceremony at the Consulate, and for The Permanent Representative of Pakistan to United Nations, Honorable Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, for gracing the occasion to witness the signing of the MOU.
As mutual understanding and trust develops between the two organizations, this could provide APPNA a framework to play a positive role in health care delivery to millions in Pakistan.
M. Nasar Qureshi, MD
President, APPNA 2016
Video Coverage of the event: https://youtu.be/Jf5dDNMFksU
MOU Document can be access through: http://appna.org/appna-newspress-releases/