A founding member of WRA Pakistan, Mr. Ihatsham Akram has been National Coordinator since 2013. He bears the overall responsibility for the development, coordination and implementation of the country program, and plays a pivotal role building new structures, developing new projects and finding new partners. A passionate champion of reproductive, newborn and child health, he has been instrumental in different policy reforms in Pakistan, including ensuring the inclusion of Misoprostol, Magnesium Sulphate, and Cholorohyxedine in the essential drug list of first level care facilities in the health system.
Ihatsham has led citizen engagement activities for individual and community empowerment around voicing health demands with duty bearers at national, provincial and district levels. He has steered reforms such as the inclusion of patient rights and respectful maternity care in key maternal health policies. He has also led several research studies that have contributed to vital policy changes.
Ihatsham has played a critical role in securing safe motherhood and child health champions to speak with news and entertainment media, parliamentarians, national, provincial and district governments, departments, academia, and civil society. He possesses national and international experience in developing and implementing advocacy and behavioral change communications and citizen engagement strategies. He has served in a variety of roles for respected development organizations such as Palladium, Save the Children, British Council, National Rural Support Program, and the Ministry of Health Pakistan and Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan.
Ihatsham possesses Master’s Degrees in Public Health and Governance & Public policy. When not at work, he enjoys reading, sports, sightseeing, movies and live music.