Ghulam Nabi Kazi

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Dr. Kazi (right) in a meeting with H.E. the President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain on December 23, 2013.

Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi (born 28 August 1956, Karachi, Pakistan) is a prominent public health scientist and health economist of Pakistan, who worked for the World Health Organization for fifteen years, and has significantly contributed to public health efforts.

Early life and family

Dr Kazi was born in Karachi the original capital of Pakistan on 28 August 1956, and is the youngest child of the late Mr Ahmed Hussain A. Kazi- a senior civil servant of Pakistan. He was named after his maternal grandfather Khan Bahadur Ghulam Nabi Kazi MBE who was assigned to head the education sector of Sindh, immediately after it was created a province of British India in 1936.[1] Dr Kazi married Dr Khowla Dar and the couple has one daughter Elsa Kazi.

Public health training

Dr Kazi graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the Dow Medical College now the Dow University of Health Sciences and entered the Health Service cadre after his internships, in 1983. Initially on entry to service he worked as a Registrar in Dermatology for three years and was later inducted in the management of Civil Hospital Karachi from 1986-1994.[2] After working on several senior administrative positions in this large teaching hospital of Pakistan, Dr Kazi was assigned to the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Cell of the Health Department of the provincial Government of Sindh where he monitored several development schemes including those for preventive programs. In 1995 he secured a diploma in Health Economics from the Boston University, and in May 1997 the same university awarded him a Masters in Public Health.[3]

Professional experience

Dr Kazi worked as a Health Writing Specialist with Bionutrics Inc., in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. In 1998, he rejoined the Health Department of the Government of Sindh as Additional Director Planning and Development. He also officiated as Additional Secretary Development, of the Health Department. During this period, he prepared several projects on primary health care including Tuberculosis Control, and negotiated a project on Women's Health with UNICEF. During mid-2000, Dr Kazi was inducted into the World Health Organization as National Program Officer on Tuberculosis Control, and soon thereafter as Provincial Operations Officer / Head of the WHO Sindh office in Karachi. After holding this position for five years, he was assigned to the WHO Pakistan Country Office, Islamabad in September 2005. During this period he attended several short training courses and important international conferences abroad,.[4][5] He was also involved in advocacy for legislation to curb the unethical practices rampant in organ transplantation in Pakistan.[6] Dr Kazi has comprehensive knowledge concerning the Health Sector of Southern Sudan and has undertaken several missions there for mobilization of resources for the Health Sector and other critical issues relating to building the fragile Health System there. He has also worked as the health system strengthening focal point in the WHO office for Southern Sudan at Juba, in addition to his substantive position in WHO Pakistan in Islamabad. In Pakistan he was the focal point for Tuberculosis Control, non-communicable diseases, nutrition, community-based initiatives, and also focusing on the issues arising from the devolution of the Health Sector from the federal to provincial level following a constitutional amendment. He is also a strong protagonist for addressing social determinants of health, including gender and human rights issues.[7] His main focus these days is on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases including, nutrition disorders, mental health issues and disabilities. Kazi is on the visiting faculty of the Health Services Academy Islamabad[8] and the Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi and has delivered lectures on public health topics in a number of other institutions.


Dr Kazi is one of the key authors of the Health Policy for Pakistan's southern province of Sindh,[9] and has also written several scientific papers on diverse public health topics such as Tuberculosis control,[10][11][12][13][14] emergency response,[15] public health writing,[16] micronutrient deficiency,[17] health inequities,[18] human rights issues [19] and social determinants of health,[20] in several leading public health journals. In addition, his contributions have been acknowledged in several important national and international documents of public health interest on Tuberculosis Control[21][22][23][24][25] Gender,[26] Non-communicable Diseases control[27] and health policy issues.[28][29]

See also


  1. Award of MBE to Khan Bahadur Ghulam Nabi Kazi by the King Emperor of England, January 1939 [1]
  2. An article based on Dr Kazi's experiences in Civil Hospital Karachi
  3. Class Notes of the Boston University School of Public Health
  4. Report of the meeting of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis (STAG-TB) in 2012, 2013, and 2014. [2]
  5. Report of the Meeting on Reaching the "missing million" through scaling up public-private mix for TB care and control in "high-impact" Asia, New Delhi, India 25–27 June 2014, [3]
  6. Report of a consultative meeting on Cell and Organ Transplantation organized by the World Health Organization [4]
  7. Report of the brainstorming session on health and economic growth in the context of national planning and coordination, 28 July 2011, Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan [5]
  8. List of the visiting faculty of Health Services Academy, Cabinet Division, Government of Pakistan [6]
  9. Health Policy for the province of Sindh 2005, Paving the way for Health Sector Reform, Health Department, Government of Sindh, Karachi [7]
  10. P. Metzger, N.A. Baloch, G. N. Kazi and K.M. Bile, Review: Tuberculosis control in Pakistan: reviewing a decade of success and challenges, Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, Vol. 16 Supplement, 2010, pp 33–39 [8]
  11. M. Agboatwalla, G. N. Kazi, S.K. Shah and M. Tariq, Gender perspectives on knowledge and practices regarding tuberculosis in urban and rural areas in Pakistan, Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, Vol. 9, No. 4, 2003, pp. 32–40 [9]
  12. J. Khan, A. Malik, H. Hussain, N.K. Ali, F. Akbani, S.J. Hussain, G. N. Kazi and S.F. Hussain, Tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment practices of private physicians in Karachi, Pakistan, Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, Vol 9, No 4,2003 pp 769–775 [10]
  13. Khan JA, Akbani F, Malik A, Kazi G. N., Aslam F, Hussain SF., Effect of providing free sputum microscopy service to private practitioners on case notification to National Tuberculosis Control Program. J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad 2005 Oct-Dec; 17(4):31-5. [11]
  14. Ghulam Nabi Kazi. DOTS Programme for TB Control in Sindh, Infect Dis J Mar 2001; 10(1):20-3.[12]
  15. S.K.S. Bukhari, J.A.R.H. Qureshi, R. Jooma, K.M. Bile, G. N. Kazi, W.A. Zaibi and A. Zafar, Review: Essential medicines management during emergencies in Pakistan, Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, Vol. 16 Supplement 2010, pp S-92-99 [13]
  16. Ghulam Nabi Kazi; The discreet and elusive art of writing in public health, The Medical Spectrum, Karachi, Vol. 22 No. 11, November 2001, pp. 16–19
  17. Ghulam Nabi Kazi, Countering Hidden Hunger in Pakistan, The Medical Spectrum, Karachi, Vol. 21, No. 12, December 2000, pp. 2–4
  18. Nasir Mahmood, Ghulam Nabi Kazi, Shahzad Ali Khan, Zafar Iqbal Gondal, A mixed method research for assessment of health and social indicators in urban slums of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Pak J Public Health Vol. 2 No.2 (June) 2012 [14]
  19. K. M. Bile, A. Hafeez, G. N. Kazi and D. Southall, Protecting the right to health of internally displaced mothers and children: the imperative of inter-cluster coordination for translating best practices into effective participatory action, Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, Volume 17 No.12 December 2011, pp. 981-989 [15]
  20. Ghulam Nabi Kazi, Talib Lashari, Guido Sabatinelli, Assai M., Addressing social determinants of health in Pakistan: moving from theory to practice in the pursuit of better health, Pak J Public Health Oct - Dec 2012;2(4):41-5 [16]
  21. National Tuberculosis Control Program, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad, Module for Medical Students, [17]
  22. World Health Organization, End-TB Strategy, Framework for the engagement of all health care providers in the management of drug resistant tuberculosis, Geneva, 2015 [18]
  23. World Health organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, Tuberculosis control in complex emergencies, Cairo, 2015 [19]
  24. World Health Organization, Global Tuberculosis Report 2014, Geneva
  25. World Health Organization Global TB Report 2013, Geneva
  26. World Health Organization, Gender based Violence in Pakistan: Response in the Perspective of Health Sector Devolution, [20]
  27. The Aga Khan University, Integration of Non-Communicable Diseases into primary health care: A snapshot from the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Case Studies from Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, and Pakistan, 2014 [21]
  28. Dr. Talib Lashari, Pakistan’s National Health Policy: Quest For A Vision, Islamabad, 2004 [22]
  29. World Health Organization - PAKISTAN Biennial Report 2012-13

External links

Linked In page of Dr. Ghulam Nabi Kazi [23]

A pictorial journey though public health by Dr. Kazi [24]