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Dr. Lubna Samad

Dr. Lubna Samad is a paediatric surgeon based in Karachi, Pakistan, with over 25 years of clinical experience. She is the Director of Global Surgery at IRD and is the Chair for the Board of Directors of IRD Pakistan. Her experience in public sector hospitals in Pakistan has informed her understanding of the many individual, social and institutional barriers that result in poor access to, and provision of, quality surgical care. She has led the development of the National Vision for Surgical Care in collaboration with Pakistan’s Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, aimed at incorporating surgical care delivery within the country’s health plan. She has also contributed to the development of Pakistan’s Universal Health Coverage Benefits Packages. As a Director at IRD Global and Chairperson Board of Directors IRD Pakistan, she has contributed to developing innovative strategies to overcome health delivery challenges in the Global South. She is a member of the Global Surgery Foundation’s leadership team and has remained actively involved through the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery and G4 Alliance platforms, thus contributing to the global momentum to provide care to the neglected surgical patients.