Document Type : Editorial
Jinnah Sindh Medical University Karachi, Pakistan
During recent years, there has been an emerging, upward trend in research and publication of studies on the effects of Ramadan fasting on the healthy population as well as on the populace diagnosed with various diseases and conditions. To publicize the outcomes of these research works, many awareness programs, symposia and conferences are being organized globally. International coordination groups, such as ‘Diabetes and Ramadan: International Alliance’ have been established to coordinate the efforts and investigations of researchers involved in this work. Periodicals like ‘Journal of Nutrition, Fasting and Health of Iran’ are playing a pivotal role in disseminating research outcomes related to the effects of Ramadan fasting. Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU), Karachi under the visionary leadership of the Honorable Vice Chancellor, Prof. Syed Muhammad Tariq Rafi, annually organizes, just before the month of Ramadan, an awareness program regarding diet and drug adjustment for conditions such as pregnancy, diabetes, renal diseases, and coronary artery disease. Furthermore, every alternate year, JSMU organizes an ‘International Biennial Conference’ on Ramadan and Health. These conferences are organized to disseminate studies conducted on the effects of Ramadan fasting and these studies are presented by Pakistani speakers as well as by invited foreign speakers. The third issue of the conference, titled ‘3rd Pakistan International Conference on Ramadan and Health’ will be held from 23rd to 25th August’ 2019.