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Infectious Diseases Society of Pakistan

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Infectious Diseases Society of Pakistan initially started out as Karachi Infectious Diseases Society.   It was formed by a group of concerned clinicians who had viewed with considerable alarm, not only the increasing proliferation of infectious diseases in Karachi, Pakistan, but also the unscientific patterns of treatment that had emerged to deal with them. KIDS was formed with the intention that under its umbrella, concerned clinicians and microbiologists could gather data on infectious diseases in Karachi, develop a better perception of the different aspects of these diseases, and hopefully suggest more rational and pragmatic means of preventing and treating them.

Having achieved its initial objectives, in 1999, the society expanded its base onto a national level under a new name, Infectious Diseases Society of Pakistan (IDSP), with the hope that on a national level, the group can share experiences and pool data from all over Pakistan and thereby gain more relevant information on epidemiology, incidence, disease pattern, laboratory confirmation and therapeutic options for ID.

The Infectious Diseases Journal of Pakistan (IDJ), in turn, has become the voice of this society, through which it has been able to share information on common clinical problems in infectious diseases with the indigenous medical profession since 1994.

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The objectives of the Infectious Diseases Society of Pakistan (IDSP) are:

  1. Develop rapport among clinicians and science graduates from diverse backgrounds with an interest in infections.
  2. Conduct clinical trials and gather data regarding boght clinical and laboratory aspects of infectious diseases.
  3. Pool data from various intitutions and analyse it vis-a-vis: epidemiology, incidence, disease pattern, lab confirmation and subsequent therapeutic implications.
  4. Study preventive aspects of common ID.
  5. Study guidelines for improved lab diagnosis.
  6. Emphasize patterns of hospital acquired infections.
  7. Encourage inter-physician dialogue vis-a-vis common and uncommon ID problems.
  8. Educate physicians, nurses, patients, and the community about prevention, recognition and management of common ID problems.
  9. Organize lectures and seminars for dissemination of information about local ID problems.
  10. Publish a periodic journal, Infectious Disease Journal of Pakistan, to further these objectives.
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