The greatest untapped resource in the developing world is people. When there is a shortage of properly trained manpower, development projects may be ineffective and valuable resources wasted.
The Aga Khan University, established in 1971, addressed this issue. On the University's Karachi campus, for example, the Faculty of Health Sciences is working to strengthen the nursing profession in Pakistan, where there is only one nurse for every three doctors. The Faculty's School of Nursing, opened in 1980, is now attracting outstanding young women from all areas of the country.
In developing its nursing program, the University has worked in close partnership with the McMaster School of Nursing in Hamilton, Ontario. Almost 40 Pakistani nurses and nursing teachers have attended McMaster to upgrade their skills. Community-based primary health care is emphasized at the Aga Khan University - both in the School of Nursing and in the Medical College on the same campus. Student nurses and doctors are actively involved in planning and delivering health services in low-income urban and rural areas of Pakistan.
Source: Ontario Ismaili (July 1987)
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