Research is one of the weakest and limited activities in the country. Specially healthcare related research and publications are almost unavailable. Yet, all health institutions in the country have an abundance of data. Collating them, correlating them and writing publishable papers is the next step to understand and improve the health care functions, disease patterns and so forth in the country.

#a5000 is a personal initiative of mine to foster and mentor research within ADK Hospital to produce good research papers and publish them. This is more like stepping into unknown territory for me. But worth having a go.

The grant name #a5000 stands for Afaal’s MVR 5000 small research grant. This was the initial idea and the beginning. Ironically ┬ánot many people were impressed and perhaps when I did write that, the readers here would feel the same. Well. my take on that is, who is funding any research now? How many philanthropists in the country take research seriously? And if I can get a few papers written and published, this will be a beginning. Nothing happens if you don’t try!

On June 1, 2017, I went ahead and brought out the first call notice for research proposals. I  did get quite a lot of acknowledgements for the initiative. The call had a one month time frame for proposal submission. For the first week, there was no indication from anywhere in the organization that a proposal will come. Eventually, I got good news. One of our staff met me and said that she will put a proposal. Relief. At least one proposal will be an achievement for an environment without much research culture.

On 29th June, a day before the deadline, my email inbox had a mail with the subject “a5000 research proposal.” Then came a second and a third before the end of the deadline. My hunch was right, nothing happens if you don’t try!

After going through the proposals, I decided that this year all three proposals will be funded for the grant. And as planned, today I awarded the grants to the researchers. This initiative has got some fruit on the first attempt. And now, I feel more proposals will be made for the next round. I am confident more people are interested, and I intend to continue this work.

Three grants were awarded to conduct the following studies.

  1. Neonatal outcome in emergency versus elective cesarean deliveries.
  2. Smoking history of patients in relation to disease conditions.
  3. Patient perspectives on quality of nursing care.

I aim is to stay determined to make this endeavor a success. An initiative that will foster and mentor research and a culture of evidence based learning in the hospital and beyond. Perhaps in future, the grant amounts may grow and perhaps the framework of grants may change. Perhaps other philanthropists may contribute to the work in improving the grants.

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7 Comments on "#a5000"

  1. Ahmed moosa
    01/08/2017 at 09:57 Permalink

    It would be nice if this is opened to the public to apply too.

  2. Hamdhoona
    01/08/2017 at 10:27 Permalink

    Congratulations to all researchers

  3. Afaal
    01/08/2017 at 10:28 Permalink

    @ahmed moosa: true that but this is just a beginning, need to start somewhere eh!

  4. Shadiya
    01/08/2017 at 11:03 Permalink

    Will the findings be made available to public?

  5. Afaal
    01/08/2017 at 11:06 Permalink

    We are currently in the process of registering ADK Journal of Health and Medicine. All the research conducted under this grant will get a publication on the journal. It will be public.

  6. atypos
    01/08/2017 at 14:19 Permalink

    sorry I just happen to catch it “This is more like stopping into unknown territory for me”
    I guess you were trying to type “stepping” instead of “stopping”.

    Btw, it’s a good start, happy to see the initiative. I think It’d be better if we try to publish the papers in well-established, high ranking journals, rather than having a journal of our own. In doing so, researchers would focus on improving the quality of their work. In addition to that, high-quality ranking journals give very good peer-reviews.

  7. Afaal
    01/08/2017 at 14:54 Permalink

    Thank you for the feedback. I’ve corrected the typo.
    Publishing in a well established journal is always good and I also promote that on an academic viewpoint. At the same time, starting our own journal and making it an established one is more challenging. Personally I like taking such a challenge. We may even be able to attract international publications on our journal. Get a good load of established people to peer review our papers before publication. All good work that remains to be done. Comment well taken.

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