declaring the creation of the IPHQ, the Government of
Balochistan has assigned the following primary mandate
and functions to the IPH:
function as a Postgraduate Training Institution in
Public Health / Academy of Health Services / Institute
of Public Health.
One of the two primary functions of the IPH is to
improve services in the health sector in Balochistan
by providing facility for training in the fields of
Public Health, with the training programme geared
to the local present and future health needs. The
training function assigned to the IPH is of an essentially
difficult challenge, because of almost an absolute
lack of qualified human resource, which is of pivotal
importance in ensuring better?trained health manpower
at all levels to address the health care needs of
function as a Research Institute of Public Health.
The second major primary function of the IPH is to
conduct Operational and other Health Research and
develop models where necessary to improve services
in the health sector in Balochistan.
act as a 'Management Support Unit' to the Health Department
The IPH functions to assist the health department
in disposal of official business requiring technical
inputs, reviews, and any other complex operational
tasks; where the processing of the case from a high
level technical angle is required.
develop Training and Services in Family Medicine.
Family Medicine is the emerging field, which is considered
fundamental to ensure a proper General Health Care
to the masses. This field aims to develop professional
skills of doctors and other health professionals to
provide curative as well as preventive medical care
for the people at the primary care level for the masses.
Being an offshoot of Public Health/ Community Medicine,
development of Family Medicine in the province is
the responsibility of IPH.
act as a Special Services Unit for the Health sector.
The IPH is assigned to develop and constantly keep
a state of preparedness to assist the Health department
in resolving any health amd management problems that
may arise. This may be, as requiring sophisticated
skills for management and resolution of any health
problem, epidemic control, emergency services, to
complex issues such as financial or economic handling,
or IT and data processing and analysis.
be responsible for Undergraduate (MBBS) Teaching in
Community Medicine for students of Bolan Medical College,
Keeping in view the capacity and the positive implications
for undergraduate teaching, and the need to provide
a platform for training component in Human Resource
Development, IPHQ was assigned the responsibility
for undergraduate teaching of Community Medicine to
the students of Bolan Medical College. In this the
Undergraduate Cell of the IPHQ functions as a Department
of Community Medicine for Bolan Medical College, and
is a part of the Academic Council of Bolan Medical
the undergraduate functions are performed by the IPHQ
the major benefits that accrue rather develop progressively,
over the last six sessions (1996 - 2001), has performed
most remarkably on the undergraduate side..
The teachers are more experienced and qualified, and
can supervise better that in a Department of Community
The exposures to ground realities for doctors in the
making are immense at an Institute of Public Health,
compared to an undergraduate teaching department.
The career aspects of the Public Health Physicians
is better provided for in an Institute of Public Health,
than at an undergraduate department career development
opportunities are negligible.
The compromise made while searching for faculty for
an undergraduate department of community medicine,
are not needed in case of an Institute of Public Health
performing the same functions.
The academic development and skills for the doctors
in the making are more community oriented than in
case of an undergraduate department.
The medical college itself performs better because
of the management and training support which is available
in the form of an Institute of Public Health, which
is other wise not available whatsoever the tall claims,