Pakistan ranks 8th among the countries bearing a 95% burden of infectious diseases and fifth in the world with active tuberculosis patients. Pakistan has an estimated 510,000 new tuberculosis cases emerging each year. It is ranked fifth among high-burden countries worldwide.
Pakistan ranks fourth in the world with Multi-Drug Resistant tuberculosis patients. Key reasons for the emergence of the drug-resistant form of TB include delays in diagnosis, unsupervised, inappropriate and inadequate drug regimens, poor follow-up, and lack of a social support program for high-risk populations. Unfortunately, TB is a stigma in the country so patients try to hide the disease and get treatment privately. As a result, many times they miss the medicines.
VFAHT emphasizes the adaptation of preventive measures to reduce the spread of tuberculosis. It conducts various projects under the banner of a prevention and control program.
We encourage students to join the largest volunteer body of Pakistan. Students currently enrolled in any HEC recognized institute from across Pakistan are eligible to apply.
- Write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, sharing your interest in forming a local chapter at your institution. You will receive a formal invitation along with further instructions within 3-5 businsess days.
- Gather a team of 5-15 like-minded students who are interested in volunteering.
- Arrange and attend an Orientation Session with the Expansion and Outreach Team of VFAHT. The date and time of this session will be coordinated via email.
- Get the necessary documents (e.g Introductory presentations, application form templates, etc.) from the Expansion and Outreach Team VFAHT, required for the establishment process.
- Approach an active faculty member (Usually a Head of Department), brief him/her about this student organization, its mission, and the past activities.
- Take the faculty member on-board and invite him/her to become the ‘Faculty Staff President’ of the local chapter at your institution.
- Get a signed and stamped ‘Recommendation letter to the Head of Institute’ from the Faculty Staff President.
- Approach the Head of Institute/Registrar/Head of Student Affairs.
- Ask for permission to establish a student body and conduct activities from the Head of Institute.
- Invite Head of Institute to become the ‘Patron-In-Chief’ of the student body.
- Create a Facebook page of the local council e.g. VFAHT-AIMC.
- Create a Gmail account for formal coordination e.g. email@example.com.
- Start the recruitment of volunteers according to ‘Selection Process of Local Council’.