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The Aman Foundation and the Harvard University South Asia Institute have co-sponsored this conference on mental health in the wake of natural and manmade disasters in Pakistan.

Coping in the Wake of Disasters: Long term Effects of Traumatic “Life-Changing” Situations

Sharmeen Khan, Clinical Psychologist

Sharmeen Khan is a Karachi-based mental health professional and a human rights activist. She has successfully run various campaigns to provide relief at several disasters from the earthquake of 2005 to the earthquake of 2015, as well as other natural and manmade disasters both in Pakistan and abroad. She spearheaded the Naya Jeevan initiative of providing psychological help to survivors of the Army Public School, Peshawar attack. Sharmeen is currently working towards completing a PhD in Disaster Psychology at the University of Karachi.

Panel Discussion:

Dr. Ruth Barron, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Director of Outpatient Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dr. Mihir Bhatt, Founder and Director, All India Disaster Management Institute

Dr. Jennifer Leaning, FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health; Director FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard University

Dr. Ayesha Mian, Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

Dr. Junaid Razzak, Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Former CEO, AMAN Healthcare Services

This event will be followed by an invitation-only roundtable discussion from the 17th-18th of December 2015 with key stakeholders in mental health and disaster management in Pakistan. If you are interested in participating in this discussion, please send an email with a 250 word bio about yourself to: