Dure Samin Akram

Dr Dure Samin Akram is a renowned professor of Pediatrics in Pakistan. She has also remained Chairperson of the Department of Pediatrics at Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi for 10 years. She was elected as President of the Pakistan Pediatric Association and served at that post between 2002-2004. In addition to obtaining Certification in the American Board of Pediatrics, she also did an MPH in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases with a special interest in Vector borne infections. Dr DS Akram has authored over 65 scientific papers published in National and International peer reviewed journals. These articles include original research on Poliomyelitis and Dengue infections in Pakistan. She is a practicing pediatrician and an Honorary Faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan.

HELP is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation registered with the Sindh Social Welfare Department since 1991. We are also registered with the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy. When HELP began, it’s main aim was to increase routine immunisation of children and women mainly in the squatter settlements of Karachi. In the target areas, we were able to increase coverage from 20% (average) to over 95% within three years.

HELP now works in urban and some rural areas of Sindh province, Pakistan. In urban areas of Karachi, we immunise approximately 4000 children each year. We also provide tetanus toxoid to 8120 women of reproductive age. In approximately 600 target villages in rural Sindh province, we have achieved a coverage rate to date of 70% for EPI recommended vaccines, i.e. BCG, Pentavalent, OPV and Measles.