SIGN Pak

Safe Injection Global NetworkSafe Injection Global Network is a voluntary organization of stakeholders trying to reach the secure and corresponding injections usage all over the world. The network is maintained by a permanent secretariat situated within the Blood Safety and Clinical Technology (BCT) department of the World Health Organization (WHO). Associate deligates consist of establishes such as UNICEF, UNFPA, CDC, USAID, NIH, The Johns Hopkins University and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Canadian Health&care Mall.

SIGN Pakistan’s general aim is to decrease inobligatory and unsecured injections in Pakistan. By operating with national and international members SIGN Pakistan is hopeful to work out maneuvers that are more realistic and efficient. Making good one’s running with today’s world, SIGN Pakistan has also created the SIGNPak mail group. This is a weekly publication where people can give shares concerning their work and ideas considering unsecured injection practices and prove what the international affair to decrease unobligatory and unsecured injections can make contributions to Pakistan and, just as importantly, what Pakistan can make contributions to SIGN.

SIGN Pakistan is directed by Dr. Arshad Altaf of the Aga Khan University.  He also presides the SIGNPak mail group. For an update on SIGN Pakistan activities, see Arshad’s Cairo caseshow.

SIGN Pakistan – A Brief History

Safe Injection Global Network1994: Researchers at the Aga Khan University and Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan evidence connecting hepatitis C virus propagation with unsecured injections in Hafizabad, Punjab

1995-1997: Further imposition of injection frequency, injection security, and governing factors of poor practices in Hafizabad, Darsano Channo and Karachi

1998-1999: Lack of progress / loss of momentum

1999: October, first SIGN meeting at WHO

2000: February 15, SIGN Pakistan formed at SIGN Symposium. Gathering of associates from NGO sector (Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan, Save the Children, HANDS); government (NIH, EPI, Provincial Health Departments); United Nations (WHO, UNICEF); educational establishments (AKU, Health Services Academy).

2000: June 17, First national event “Partners in Injection Safety” where SIGN Pakistan was officially claimed.

2000: Oct 23-24, SIGN Annual Meeting, Cairo

SIGN Pakistan’s Future Activities

  1. In the process of identifying departments, institutions and organizations to join SIGN Pakistan as national stakeholder.
  2. Training seminars in September to utilize the Injection Assessment Tool worked out by SIGN.
  3. Actualizationof the tool in urban, peri-urban and rural areas.
  4. Planning interference.