Dr. Muhammad Bilal Siddiqui

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Department of Public Health, Faculty of Life Sciences, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology [SZABIST]. Research Villa, 172/2, Block-5, Clifton, 75230, Karachi, Pakistan.

Dr. Muhammad Bilal Siddiqui

M.B., B,S. , MSc. Public Health (United Kingdom), PhD Fellow
Lecturer/Program Manager (MSPH 36 & 60)

Brief Bio and Research Interest / Area of Research:

Dr. Muhammad Bilal Siddiqui is a Maternal & Child Health Epidemiologist; a medical practitioner and a foreign-trained Public Health specialist (from the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).

  1. Being a Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist, he has profound experience in designing supervising and monitoring and evaluation of several Research Projects related to Maternal and Child Health domain in developing countries. Within the domain of MnCH, he has a special focus on Social Determinants of Health (SDoH), Service delivery (SD) and Health Services/System Research. And Surveillance system He has an added expertise in Mix methods (Quantitative and Qualitative Research).

  2. He has been involved in Advocacy, training and capacity building of different populations pertaining to improving health and nutrition of mothers and children and has been involved in developing training and curricula in different projects.

  3. Being a Public Health Academician, he has experience in teaching core public health topics, especially, Epidemiology, Research methods, Public Health Policy, Social determinants of health and disease, Reproductive Health, Health promotion etc.

  4. He also supervises several Public Health undergraduate and postgraduate students for Theses and IRS.
  5. Moreover, he has experience in curriculum development for public health academic and research programs.

  6. He is a peer reviewer of several international Public Health journals. He has also been a key speaker in different research conferences.

AFFILIATIONS:

  1. Canada Pakistan Research Development Council (CPRDC): Executive Member CPRDC (https://www.cprdc.ca/member/siddiqui-muhammad-bilal/)

  2. Child Health Registry of Pakistan (CHRoP)

  3. Centre of Maternal and Child Health Research Division (CoMCHR)

AREAS OF INTEREST:

  • Child Health Epidemiology,
  • Child Mortality & Survival,
  • Health Systems Research
  • Social determinants of health

RESEARCH PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN

  1. Reversing the behavioral changes in stunting children of Pakistan-(In process) 

  2. Karachi Verbal Autopsy/Social Autopsy child mortality inquiry-Completed

  3. Health Care In Danger Project (HCiD)-Completed

  4. Road to empowered communities-Completed

Conference Presentations & Proceedings:

ORAL PRESENTATIONS

  • To identify the prevalence of under-five mortalities and their causes in urban slums of Karachi”, during the scientific session of Pakistan: 7th International Conference on Endorsing Health Science Research (ICEHSR-18); TOWARDS SDGS EXPLORING THE HEALTHY POSSIBILITIES. On 7th April 2019 at Dow University of Health Sciences, Organized by AEIRC in collaboration of World Health Organization.
  • Prevalence and characteristics of stress among bereaved parents after the death of their under-five children in the urban slums of Karachi, Pakistan” in 6th International Conference of Endorsing Health Sciences Research on 07th April 2018 in Karachi, Pakistan.
  • A Verbal/Social Autopsy (Vasa) Study mortality inquiry to investigate under-five mortality determinants in slums of Karachi”, Pakistan in 5th International Conference of Endorsing Health Sciences Research on 25th March 2017 in Karachi, Pakistan.

 POSTER PRESENTATIONS

  • Prevalence and characteristics of stress among bereaved parents after the death of their under-five children in the urban slums of Karachi, Pakistan”, in 8th Fertility Conference of Sindh Institute of Reproductive Medicine on 11th and 12th February 2017 in Karachi, Pakistan.

Journal Articles – Peer Reviewed:

  1. A family-oriented antenatal education program to improve birth preparedness and maternal-infant birth outcomes: A cross sectional evaluation study. Reproductive Health.
  2. Individual differences in relative fertility costs and fertility benefits and their effects on fertility desire for a second child in China: A latent profile analysis. Reproductive Health.
  3. Individual differences in relative fertility costs and fertility benefits and their effects on fertility desire for a second child in China: A latent profile analysis. Reproductive Health 2019.
  4. Family Planning counselling and its association with modern contraceptive use, initiation, and continuation in rural Uttar Pradesh, India. Reproductive Health.
  5. Early initiations of first Antenatal care visit and associated factor among mothers who gave birth in the last six month preceding birth in Bahir Dar Zuria Woreda North West Ethiopia. Reproductive Health.
  6. Factors that impact on the timely treatment of obstetric fistulas in Malawi: The Perspective of healthcare providers Reproductive Health. Reproductive Health 2018.
  7. Qualitative evaluation of a novel device designed for use in pregnancy by healthcare workers in low-resource settings. Reproductive Health 2018.
  8. ‘Reproductive behavior of twins’. Reproductive Health. 2018.
  9. Obstetric fistulae in Southern Mozambique: Incidence, obstetric characteristics and treatment. Reproductive Health 2018.
  10. Kangaroo mother care: opportunities and implications for rural Pakistan. Journal of Pakistan Medical Association 2017.
  11. The CRADLE Vital Signs Alert: qualitative evaluation of a novel device designed for use in pregnancy by healthcare workers in low-resource settings. Reproductive Health 2017.
  12. Using Social Autopsy to Understand Maternal, Newborn, and Child Mortality in Low-Resource Settings: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Reproductive Health 2017.
  13. How are inpatient mortality and uncured discharges determined in China? Status: Awaiting to be published. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health 2017.
  14. Health-care utilization and associated factors in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Status: Published. (Available online at http://tinyurl.com/peerreview2017-1). Global Health Action. 2017.
  15. Strategies for improving healthcare seeking for maternal and newborn illness in low and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Zohra Lassi, Philippa F Middleton, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Caroline Crowther. Status: Published. (Available online at http://tinyurl.com/preview2016-2). Global Health Action. 2016.
  16. Development and Implementation of a Newborn Medicine Program in a Resource-Limited Setting. Anne Hansen, Michelle Labrecque, Hema Magge, Richard B Mark Munyaneza, Evrard Nahimana, Merab Nyishime, Assumpta Mwali. Status: Published. (Available online at http://tinyurl.com/preview2015-2). Global Health Action 2015.
  17. Health seeking behaviour among adolescents in Soweto, South Africa. Kennedy Otwombe, Janan Dietrich, Fatima Laher, Stefanie Hornschuh, Busisiwe Nkala, Lucy Chimoyi, Matamela Makongoza, Angela Kaida, Glenda E. Gray, Cari L. Miller. Status: Published. (Available online at http://tinyurl.com/preview2015-1). Global Health Action 2015.
  18. Trends in the treatment patterns and medication persistence of chronic myeloid leukaemia in Taiwan 1997-2007: a longitudinal population database analysis.Chao-Sung Chang, Yi-Hsin Yang, Chien-Ning Hsu and Min-Ting Lin, 12:359. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-359. Status: Published: 16th October 2012. (Available online at https://tinyurl.com/preview2014-1-review-notes). BMC Health Services Research. 2014.

Publications & Conferences

PUBLICATIONS:

  1. Siddiqui M B, Ng CW, Low WY. (2018). “Methodologies of Verbal autopsy and Social autopsy tools, adopted by VASA studies in exploring under-five mortality determinants”. International Journal of Endorsing Health Sciences Research (IJEHSR). 6(3). 43-55. https://doi.org/10.29052/IJEHSR.v6.i3.2018.43-55. (Available online at: https://tinyurl.com/VASA-METRev-7-2018).
  2. Siddiqui M B, Ng CW, Low WY, Noushad S, Ahmed S. (2018). “Challenges and acceptance of the use of computer-assisted personal interviews technology for verbal autopsy/social autopsy child mortality survey in urban slums of Karachi, Pakistan”. International Journal of Endorsing Health Sciences Research (IJEHSR). 6(2). 30-42. https://doi.org/10.29052/IJEHSR.v6.i2.2018.30-42. (Available online at: https://tinyurl.com/VASA-CAPI-6-2018).
  3. Siddiqui M B, Ng CW, Low WY. (2017). “Need to validate Verbal Autopsy/Social Autopsy (VASA) integrated tool for developing countries to assign biological and social reasoning of child mortalities”-Editorial Note. International Journal of Endorsing Health Sciences Research (IJEHSR). 5(3). 01-03. https://doi.org/10.29052/IJEHSR.v5.i3.2017.01-03. (Available online at https://tinyurl.com/ValidateVASA-5-2017).
  4. Siddiqui M B, Ng CW, Low WY. (2017). “To identify, the non-biological causes of child mortalities in developing countries, Social Autopsy tools should be based on “The Pathway to Survival Conceptual Framework”-Editorial Note. International Journal of Endorsing Health Sciences Research (IJEHSR). 05(1). 01-04. https://doi.org/10.29052/IJEHSR.v5.i1.2017.01-04. (Available online at https://tinyurl.com/TPtoSCFforSA-4-2017).
  5. Siddiqui M B, Ng CW, Low WY, Syed S, Ahmed S, Noushad S, Ali A, Fatima K, Mirza M. (2016). “A Verbal/Social Autopsy (VASA) Child Mortality Inquiry to Investigate Under-Five Mortality Determinants in Slums of Karachi, Pakistan: A Mix Methods Interventional Study”. International Journal of Endorsing Health Sciences Research (IJEHSR). 4(4), 01-11. https://doi.org/10.29052/IJEHSR.v4.i4.2016.01-11. (Available online at http://tinyurl.com/VASA-TA-3-2016).
  6. Siddiqui M B, Noushad S, Ng CW, Low WY, Ahmed S. (2016). “Prevalence and Characteristics of Stress Among Bereaved Parents After the Death of Their Under-Five Children in The Urban Slums of Karachi, Pakistan”. International Journal of Endorsing Health Sciences Research (IJEHSR). 4(3), 33-40. https://doi.org/10.29052/IJEHSR.v4.i3.2016.33-40 (Available online at: http://tinyurl.com/VASA-stress-2-2016).
  7. Siddiqui M B, Noushad S, Ng CW, Low WY (2016). “Social Autopsy is a dire need for investigating child mortality in Pakistan”-Editorial Note. International Journal of Endorsing Health Sciences Research (IJEHSR). 4(2), 01-04. https://doi.org/10.29052/IJEHSR.v4.i2.2016.01-04. (Available online at: http://tinyurl.com/SAEN-1-2016).
  8. Soofi SB, Haq I, Khan MI, Siddiqui MB, Mirani M, Tahir R, Hussain I, Puri MK, Suhag ZH, Khowaja AR, Lasi AR, Clemens JD, Favorov M, Ochiai RL, Bhutta ZA. “Schools as potential vaccination venue for vaccines outside regular EPI schedule: results from a school census in Pakistan” (2012). BIOMEDCENTRAL (BMC) Research Notes 2012, 5:6 doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-5-6.Published: 06th January 2012. (Available online at: http://tinyurl.com/Typhoid-Schools).

CONFERENCES:

INTERNATIONAL

  1. 2014: Malaysia: 46th Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH), Kuala Lumpur.

NATIONAL

  1. 2018: Pakistan: 6th International Conference on Endorsing Health Science Research (ICEHSR-18); TOWARDSSDGS EXPLORING THE HEALTHY POSSIBILITIES. On 7th April 2018 at ICCBS, University of Karachi, Pakistan.
  2. 2017: Pakistan: 5th International Conference on Endorsing Health Science Research (ICEHSR-17); CHANGING GEARS FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH, 25th March 2017.
  3. 2016: – Sindh Institute of Reproductive Medicine 2017 Conference, 11th & 12th February 2017.
  4. 2016: Pakistan: 4th International Conference on Endorsing Health Science Research (ICEHSR-16); HEALTHCARE-MISSION TO VISION, 9th April 2016 at Malir University Karachi.
  5. 2016: PAK-CHINA MEDCONG, 2016. An initiative for Joint Pak-China Medical Corridor. PMA. 08th to 10th January 2016, Marriot Hotel, Karachi, Pakistan.
  6. 2010: Opportunities for Newborn Survival in Pakistan: Held at The Aga Khan University, in collaboration of Ministry of Health-Pakistan and Save The Children. January 16, 2010.
  7. 2010: Pakistan: Opportunities for Newborn Survival in Pakistan: Held at The Aga Khan University, in collaboration of Ministry of Health-Pakistan and Save The Children. January 16, 2010.
  8. 2010: Pakistan: Vaccinology in developing countries: January 17th 2010. Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, The Aga Khan University-National Institute of Health Fogarty Infectious Diseases and Child Health Research Training Programme.
  9. 2009: Pakistan: Childhood Pneumonia & Meningitis-Recent advances: held at Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan, January 31, 2009, with the collaboration Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Expert (PACE) and the HIB Initiative.