If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. -Gail Sheehy
Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. -George Bernard Shaw
Dr Madeeha working on a platform to explore new avenues to support the early identification of problems in order to prevent them from developing into a wholly pervasive disease.
Please find below a guest post by Dr Madeeha Malik, this is in regards to a visit that took place to the Hamdard University in February 2020. This was a unique opportunity to visit the institute and to see the ground breaking initiative Dr Malik is working on in creating awareness of Eating Disorders in Pakistan and in the sub-continent of South Asia. She is indeed one of the most genius minds we have in Pakistan in this field. We thank her for her time and great work she is doing in all fields.
A famous blogger Ms. Maha of Islam and Eating Disorders visited Hamdard Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hamdard University, Islamabad in February, 2020. Our team at Pharmacy department felt honoured to discuss various opportunities for collaboration to fight against eating disorders together. Our team is led by Prof. Dr. Madeeha Malik, an active researcher who is working towards producing substantial evidence based research data regarding health promoting lifestyle behaviours, health related quality of life and prevalence of eating disorders in Pakistan. Dr. Malik is professor of Pharmacy Practice having PhD degree in Pharmacy Practice from Universiti Sains Malaysia and Postdoctorate from North West University, South Africa. She is currently working as Director of Hamdard Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hamdard University Islamabad Campus. She has published more than 150 articles and represented Pakistan at various National as well International platforms such as Euroqol, Atiner, FIP and ISPOR. Her work on eating disorders include assessment of binge eating disorder among obese individuals, health promoting behaviour of general community, body dysmorphic disorders and role of community pharmacists in managing nutritional disorders in Pakistan. She has also presented on Eating Disorders and Islam: Muslim Perspective at Eating Disorders Awareness Summit 2020.
During her visit, Ms. Maha highlighted the need for creating awareness regarding ED among Pakistani community as this could prevent the development of further co-morbidities. Dr. Malik shared that despite being ranked 9th in the world for obesity, the framework for awareness, diagnosis and management of eating disorders is still not defined in Pakistan. The concept of eating disorders is still naive among the general community. The management of eating disorders is still not a priority for health interventions in the country as the current data on prevalence and factors affecting rise of EDs are still unknown. There is a need to update existing literature to develop effective interventions for prevention and treatment of eating disorders in Pakistan. She emphasized on the need to break down stigma related to eating disorders and promoting nine goals of taking action against eating disorders on world eating disorders action day 2020. Dr. Malik shared a wide range of activities with Ms. Maha for upcoming world eating disorders week in June by organizing a live event for community for creating awareness among public, arranging workshops for healthcare professional students, publishing newsletter highlighting real stories of Pakistani people suffering from EDs, awareness campaigns for schools and universities and organizing a consultative meeting with health stakeholders for drafting guidelines for diagnosing and management of EDs in Pakistan. She thanked Ms. Maha for her visit to the Institute for the productive meeting and ensured that she and team will work together with her in the fight against eating disorder together along with promoting Islamic perspective regarding eating disorders.
Prof.Dr. Madeeha Malik is currently serving as Professor and Director of Pharmacy Department,
Hamdard University, Islamabad. Dr. Madeeha received her PhD degree in Pharmacy Practice
from University Sains Malaysia and completed her Post doctorate in Pharmacy Practice at
Northwest University, South Africa. She is the first female Professor of Pharmacy Practice in
Pakistan. She is also serving as HEC approved supervisor for Masters and PhD students. In
addition, she was invited in 2018, as Visiting Professor by University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
to strengthen research and academic collaboration between US and Pakistani Pharmacy Schools.
She has won grant from Euro-QoL in 2019, one of the top Research Organization of the world
known for establishing value sets and transformation of health care system of more than 100
countries globally, for pilot study of health valuation in Pakistan. Dr. Madeeha also won the
2018 fellowship award of National Medicine Symposium, organized by WHO in Australia and
represented Pakistan at the prestigious platform. She is also serving as Editor-in-Chief for
Healthcare Journal of Pharmaceutical & Allied Sciences. She has published over hundred peer-
reviewed articles and three book chapters, and has presented as keynote and podium speaker in
over fifty presentations and posters.She is extensively involved in community work and is
heading Community Engagement program of Hamdard University. Her areas of expertise &
interest includes health & drug policy, obesity and eating disorders, health literacy, health related
quality of life, rational drug use, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacovigilance, community services,
smoking control & cessation, clinical pharmacy, mental health, health technology, pharmacy
education and workforce.