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Dr. Abdul Ghaffar Billoo

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Dow Medical College Karachi
  • Diploma , Child Diseases
    School of Tropical Medicines
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Hands | i-Care America, 5 Nov 2013 [cached]
HANDS was conceived and founded by Prof. A. Gaffar Billoo (Sitara e Imtiaz). It is certified by Pakistan Center of Philanthropy.
Professor Abdul Gaffar Billoo (Sitar-e-Imtiaz) Chairman HANDS
Details about Fatimid Foundation, 7 May 2012 [cached]
4. Professor Dr. Abdul Ghaffar Billoo, Chairman Of Pediatric, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi.
Prof Abdul Ghaffar Billoo, ..., 29 Mar 2006 [cached]
Prof Abdul Ghaffar Billoo, Founder Chairman of Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS) and professor of paediatrics identified inequality and inequity, poverty, exploitation, violence, injustice and poor governance as the root cause for the poor health care system in a majority of the developing countries.
He observed that health had become a social, economic and political issue, adding that 45 per cent Pakistanis lived below the poverty line with inadequate civic facilities. They had no access to piped water supply and health care, he said.
The panel comprising Kauser Khan, Dr Shershah Syed and Prof A G Billoo discussed different aspects of the case studies presented by the community health workers.
Dr. Abdul Ghaffar Billoo ..., 16 April 2012 [cached]
Dr. Abdul Ghaffar Billoo (Sitara-e-Imtiaz)
Dr. Abdul Ghaffar Billoo is a renowned pediatrician, who was born at Junagrah. He graduated from Dow Medical College Karachi in 1959 and later did D.C.H. & M.R.C.P. from Glasgow, and F.R.C.P. from Edinburgh in 1986. He has served as Professor and Head of the Pediatrics Department, Dow Medical College. He remained as Dean Faculty of Medicine, University of Karachi for three years. He is also advisor/member of many national and international organizations boards/ agencies. Presently he is associated with Aga Khan university Hospital.
Dr. A. Ghaffar Billoo started his education as a free scholar. After partition his family settled in Sulckur. Soft-hearted, Dr. Billoo was distressed at the high rate of infant mortality. He went to London and obtained Diploma in Child Diseases from the School of Tropical Medicines and obtained his MRCP. He was the first Asian to have been appointed Child Specialist in Scotland. However, he preferred to serve the children of his own country and therefore, returned to Pakistan.
Dr. Billoo is the founder Member and Chairman Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS), which is one of the most active N.G.O working in the rural and urban areas of Sindh. Dr. Billoo has presented more than hundred papers in various national and international conferences/seminars/ symposiums and there are more than two dozen publications of international repute to his credit.
Dr. Billoo is serving as Chairman Department of Pediatrics at The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi from September 1998.
Development News, 9 Nov 2001 [cached]
Prof A. Ghaffar Billoo, chairman of the department of paediatrics at the Aga Khan University Hospital, said that about 5,000 children were born in Pakistan with thalassaemia every year.He added that no fewer than 50,000 children were afflicted with the hereditary blood disorder in the country.
"When parents are told that their newborn babies are struck with thalassaemia, their initial reaction is that of shock which soon gives way to anxiety.Then they explore all those methods of alternative treatment whose practitioners promise to eliminate the disease.This phase is followed by depression and suicidal tendencies."
Shedding light on thalassaemia management techniques, Prof Billoo spoke about monthly blood transfusion."A thalassaemia patient has to be given 250 millilitres of blood per kilogramme every year.He also has to be given folic acid, vitamin E, vitamin C and tea."The other techniques included iron chelating therapy desferroximine (25mg/kg/day five days a week), splenectomy and bone marrow transplantation from compatible siblings.
He said that whereas the success rate of bone marrow transplantation was 80 per cent, the technique was very expensive, costing Rs1 million to Rs5 million."Very few families can afford such a costly treatment for their children afflicted with thalassaemia."
Enumerating the measures that should be taken to prevent thalassaemia, Prof Billoo said that, first and foremost, information should be disseminated about beta thalassaemia major."People should be screened for thalassaemia.Marriage guidance programmes should be initiated."
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