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SEMINAR BY CONTACT PAKISTAN
BY: FAIZ AL-NAJDI
On Friday the 15th of
September-006, the long awaited ContactPakistan (CP)
Female-only Health Awareness
was finally held in the auditorium of Saudi-German Hospital here
in the capital
city of Riyadh.
the third program in a row being organized by CP
under the title "Healthy Community Healthy Pakistan" to generate health
awareness amongst the compatriot Pakistanis,
especially amongst the women folks. This program campaign of
CP is called Healthy Community-Healthy Pakistan.
ContactPakistan (www.contactpakistan.com) is a web-based Pakistani
Virtual Welfare Organization. It is a
non-commercial entity which is purely community driven and operates
on a slogan of, "Together We can Make a
Difference". It has a world-wide membership of about 800,000 and in
Saudi Arabia alone its following is close
to 29,000. This
makes CP as the largest of its kind in the world. It can also be
termed as the world's largest
This seminar was
widely attended from the broad spectrum of the Pakistani female
community here in Riyadh.
attendance of a large number
of women in the Seminar per se
speaks volumes about the
success of this
also indicates how health conscious the Pakistani women folks are.
program commenced on time with a recitation from the Holy Quran
which was ably done by Ms. Shama
Munir. This was
followed with an equally impressive & inspiring Naat recitation from
The program continued with a very thought-provoking speech by Ms.
Narjis Asif - one of the key persons behind
overall organization of this
program. A speech by Bushra Tahir (also popularly known
internationally as BJ for her
works on introducing new
cuisines for women world-wide; refer to a segment on CP newsletter
on "cooking with BJ.Com") was delivered by her husband Tahir Butt
owing to she being physically indisposed that particular day. Her
the efforts being made
by CP in serving the Pakistani community and she also underscored
the importance of Pakistani women
taking up their respective roles in the society in a most
effective & positive manner.
The main program was
then set in motion and as per the program the first lecture was
Dr. Yasmin Sardar
Khan who is
currently working as an Infertility Specialist at the Security
Forces Hospital in Riyadh. The topic of her
"Menopausal Symptoms and its Management".
The second talk on "Osteoporosis" was delivered by Dr. Erum Sheikh.
Dr. Erum works in RAFH in the department of
community medicine as a Family Physician.
The third and final lecture was delivered by Dr. Tehreem Irfan Khan.
Her topic was "Iron Deficiency Anemia". She is
pursuing her masters program in Human Health & Nutrition.
All lectures were
and delivered in Urdu for easy and better communication with the
of whom found it easy and comfortable with Urdu.
All the talks
were so ably delivered and were so interesting that the hall
remained in a pin-drop silence
mode through out
This means the attendee participants found the lectures to be
interesting, easy to understand and above
all very useful.
This was evident from the barrages of questions that were put
session. So much so that the program eventually over ran the time
allocated for the same and it had to be
curtailed to meet the time deadline. The interest shown in this
program was quite visible from the feed-back
on the day from the attendee participants
scores of emails from across the length and
breadth of Saudi
Arabia especially from Dammam, AlKhobar in the Eastern province and
from Jeddah in the Western
province, with a
desire & request for arranging similar programs for women in their
by Ms. Narjis Asif and was very well supported by an agile team of
efficient & hospitable
colleagues namely Ms. Ambreen Faiz, Ms. Samina Shahid,
Ms. Fatima Amir,
Miss. Rubab Faiz,
Miss. Madiha, Miss. Shaheen, Miss. Mehreen Butt and Miss. Rabia
Khokhar. Finally, this Female-only program would not have been a
success if it were not because of timeless efforts from a few
day in and day out behind the scene in order to make this program
see the lights of the
day. The noted amongst
them were; Tahir Butt (owner & manager of CP), Dr. Irfan Khan & Dr.
Usmani (from CP medical Team),
(from CP Marketig Team) and Ali Asif Rashid from CP Newsletter