Today’s spotlight is on Dr. Salim Allana, 2007 graduate of SMDP’s Management for Improved Public Health course. Dr. Allana is the manager of Outreach and Research in the department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. He has been quite busy since he attended the course in Atlanta: upon his return to Karachi he implemented a project management process for all departmental research projects and trained all staff on project management principles. Because 65% of the funding for the entire Karachi campus goes through their department, and because the very busy department could have over 25 projects going on at any point in time, the introduction of project management principles was an important strategic and operational action.
After a 30 year career in healthcare, in 2010 Dr. Allana returned to Atlanta to pursue a Masters in Public Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Dr. Allana chose as his area of research the practices and challenges for managing community health workers.