IMPACT is a NIHR Global Health Research Centre established to improve mental and physical health together.
Centre for IMPACT is jointly led by Aga Khan University in Pakistan and the University of York in the UK with Rawalpindi Medical University and Khyber Medical University both in Pakistan partnering and key collaborators in:
- Afghanistan (HealthNet TPO and Kabul University of Medical Sciences)
- Pakistan (Baqai Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology and The Initiative)
- UK (Universities of Edinburgh and Liverpool)
- Luxembourg (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research)
Ahead of the launch event in Islamabad on 1st November 2022 members of the team shared their aspirations for the new Centre for IMPACT.
The Centre’s 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.