Introduction

Pakistan Medical Association

Pakistan Medical Association Karachi is a platform that is open to all those people who are willing to make a positive difference in the health sector of Pakistan. Pakistan Medical Association Karachi is a platform that is open to all those people who are willing to make a positive difference in the health sector of Pakistan.

The Pakistan Medical Association was established in 1948 in Dacca. It was inaugurated by the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The Speech of Quad-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, on the inauguration ceremony of Pakistan Medical Association in March 1948.

"I have learnt with great interest that the Pakistan Medical Association has been formed and is going to be inaugurated on Saturday the 27th March, 1948 in Dhaka. This Association, I hope, will serve earnestly to organize the medical profession in Pakistan on a high level befitting our State. It can render many services if it is well organized and efficient. For example, it can help to speed up medical relief of which we stand in very great need indeed at present. It will also keep medical and social contact with similar interests in other parts of the world for exchange of views and ideas from time to time, and thereby establish better understanding in solving medical problems peculiar to various countries and Pakistan. I wish Pakistan Medical Association all success. - Pakistan Zindabad"

Message to the Pakistan Medical Association, Dhaka on the 26th March, 1948

It was later moved to Karachi to provide opportunity for its rapid development and growth, which became its permanent headquarters.

In Karachi a detailed Constitution was drafted and approved. The Association was registered under the Registration of Societies Act XXI of 1960 and branches were established all over Pakistan.

The first All-Pakistan Medical Conference was inaugurated by Mr. Liaquat Ali Khan at Karachi. A beginning was made by inviting medical delegates from different countries of the world to attend our Biennial Conference. A tradition was laid down for international cooperation which has since grown with the passage of time.

It was during this early period that Sir Alexander Flemming, the discoverer of Penicillin, visited Pakistan as the guest of the Medical Association. The first honorary membership of the Association was conferred on him. Sir Alexander Flemming gave a talk on "How Pakistani Children can grow to be the Research Workers of tomorrow" at Rainbow Court Y.M.C.A.

In 1948 the Pakistan Medical Association Journal started its publication as an official organ of the Pakistan Medical Association.

Pakistan Medical Association is the founder-member of the World Medical Association, and has always taken active and constructive part in its activities. Pakistan Medical Association is also an active member of confederation of Medical Association of Asia and Oceania. In 1961 at the request of British Medical Association Mutual affiliation between British Medical Association and Pakistan Medical Association was achieved. In November 1966 a joint meeting of British and Pakistan Medical Association was held at Karachi. The Pakistan Medical Association was an active member of the Commonwealth Medical Association and took keen interest in its development and growth. The Association has taken active part in the first and second 3rd and 4th World Conference on medical education. The World Medical Association had decided to hold the Third World Conference on medical education in Pakistan. However, in view of the fact that Pakistan has no diplomatic relations with Israel, the Third World Conference could not be held in Karachi.

@Pakistan Medical Association, Dhaka on the 26th March, 1948