IMPACT is a NIHR Global Health Research Centre established to improve mental and physical health together.
The Centre for IMPACT is hosted jointly by Aga Khan University, Khyber Medical University and Rawalpindi Medical University in Pakistan and by the University of York in the UK. Our key collaborators include HealthNet TPO and Kabul University of Medical Sciences in Afghanistan, Baqai Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology and The Initiative in Pakistan and the Universities of Edinburgh and Liverpool in the UK.
Ahead of the launch event in Islamabad on 1 November 2022 members of the team share their aspirations for the new Centre for IMPACT.
Our goal is to promote mental and physical health in Afghanistan and Pakistan by reducing premature deaths and disabilities caused by non-communicable diseases. We focus on common mental disorders (depression and anxiety), heart conditions, and diabetes. We will evaluate approaches to prevent and treat these, targeting those most at risk, and –uniquely– giving mental health parity alongside physical health.
We are training researchers, particularly women scholars, to become tomorrow’s research leaders. We are raising standards of health research conducted in our institutions and promoting an environment in the two countries that demands, understands, and utilises research to inform policy and practice.