"Prevention is better than a cure" is the guiding principle behind Dr. Ishfaq's work to develop an accessible and low-barrier educational program for thalassemia screening and diagnosis. His careful analysis takes into account gender, culture, financial strain, and other important sociological factors.
A puzzle that motivates his work is how to adapt strategies that have led to prevention and elimination of thalassemia in Muslim-majority countries like Iran and national contexts like Canada for use in Pakistan.
His fieldwork currently involves a large-scale study inside a public hospital which will hopefully expand into programming and screenings in schools, Universities, and other national institutions.
Dr. Ishfaq's research is high-impact and makes a direct contribution to people's health and well-being. We wish him all the best in the next phase of his research this summer in Multan, and look forward to more conversations with him in Toronto and beyond!