With over 30 years of clinical experience in medicine and specialization in psychiatry in Pakistan and UK, Dr Saadia Quraishy has been on the Board of Aman Health since 2012. She is now the Chairperson of MASHAL, Aman Foundation’s mental health inititiave. She is also the Chairperson of an international partner organization in mental health, Basic Needs (BN), working in collaboration and funded jointly by British Asian Trust and the Aman Foundation. MASHAL has helped BN in its expansion into the Aman Community Health Program areas. In April 2014 she introduced Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) to Pakistan in collaboration with MHFA Australia which is present in 23 countries in the world; for this she procured a franchise for Pakistan to promote mental health awareness. She also led the founding of a mental health alliance for the first time in Karachi of over 20 organizations working in mental health called Mental Health Forum.
Dr Quraishy is a graduate of Dow Medical College, Karachi and has been educated and worked in premier institutions in Karachi as well as in the UK, including 17 years at Guys and St Thomas, Ealing and Charing Cross hospitals in London. She has been trained in medical management at the Kings Fund in London Evidence-based medicine and research at Merton College Oxford and has been a tutor and lecturer for psychiatry, medical ethics and problem based learning to undergraduate medical students at Imperial College. Between 2006 and 2013 she led multidisciplinary hospital and community-based psychiatric teams as consultant in West London, prior to returning to Pakistan.