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Two Universities Join Hands To Work On Medical Anthropology

Anthropology students of Sindh University visit Community Medicine and Public Health Sciences, LUMHS Jamshoro.

During the Field Visit, students received demonstration classes by the LUMHS Faculty of Community Medicine. LUMHS will hold a conference on public health in near future and the SU Department of Anthropology & Archaeology will organize a panel discussion on the subject.

By Our Correspondent

Jamshoro

The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Sindh Jamshoro organized a field study visit of its students to the Community Medicine and Public Health Sciences Department of Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Jamshoro on Thursday February 10, 2022.

The field study visit specifically focused on the idea of exploring and understanding the close academic, research, and community-based learning affinity between fields of anthropology, medical anthropology, community/public health, and nursing.

0-Anthropology-Students-Sindh-Courier-10-Anthropology-Students-Sindh-Courier-2In the visit, which was conceived, designed and planned by Dr. Abdul Razaque Channa, Rafique Wassan and Ambreen Soomro, the faculty members of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, the male and female students of the department were invited to participate and interact with the faculty of Community Medicine and Public Health Sciences, LUMHS and gain first-hand learning, knowledge and exposure about community health teaching and work at LUMHS.

0-Anthropology-Students-Sindh-Courier-30-Anthropology-Students-Sindh-Courier-4Dr. Gulzar Usman and Dr. Prof Khalida Naz, Associate Professor and the Dean, respectively of Community Medicine and Public Health Sciences, LUMHS warmly welcomed the students and faculty members of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology that also included Mr. Muhabat Shah and Ali Taqui Shah.

After the formal welcome and introductory session of the field study visit conducted at the seminar hall of the Community Medicine and Public Health Sciences, the participating students were divided into three groups, each consisting of 10 students, to introduce them the three community and public health related work teaching and research practices which included FM community medicine radio, Water Testing Lab and community medicine museum and skills lab.

Each group of the students received the demonstration class of three components by the faculty of Community Medicine. At the end, in the final segment of the field study visit students enthusiastically took part and interacted with the faculty of community medicine through question answers and shared their observations and suggestions to develop collaborative learning and research with anthropology and community medicine and public health.

0-Anthropology-Students-Sindh-Courier-5Dr. Khalida Naz and Dr. Gulzar Usman highlighted the need to integrate anthropology and social sciences into medical sciences and community/public health. It was discussed and suggested by the both the host and guest faculty members of the two universities to design and initiate collaboration in the shared and common areas of interest that may include teaching of anthropology courses at the community medicine department and nursing school, hold joint workshops and conferences on anthropology and public health, conduct research projects and internships of the students, and use LUMHS FM radio as an effective platform to disseminate research conducted by the students of anthropology.

It was also discussed that in the forthcoming conference on public health to be held at LUMHS, the anthropology department will organize a panel on medical anthropology.

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