Dr. Mudassar Hussain is the Deputy Director of the Provincial Disease Surveillance and Response Unit at the Directorate General of Health Services in Sindh, Pakistan. He is a medical doctor, a qualified public health professional, and an experienced field epidemiologist. He has multiple qualifications from high-ranked institutions including the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree from Pakistan and certification from CDC Atlanta USA in Field Epidemiology (FELTP).
Over the past nine years, he has worked for the Department of Health and had diverse experience in public health, including disease surveillance, outbreak response, management of health systems, data analysis and interpretation, monitoring & evaluation. He has been credited to have investigated the first-ever outbreak of multidrug-resistant typhoid fever in Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan, in 2017. During the Pandemic, he strategically worked with the Department of Health on regional and provincial level tasks directed by the National Command and Operation Center, Pakistan, regarding COVID-19 containment and its immunization.
In addition, he serves as a Provincial Master Trainer for both public and private sector INGOs (WHO, USAID, Jhpiego, Public Health England (UK-HSA), etc.) to build health care workers’ capacity. To date, he has trained more than 300 public and private health workers in Sindh Province, Pakistan, in disease surveillance, outbreak investigation, infection prevention and disease control. A substantial number of articles and abstracts based on his research have appeared in peer-reviewed journals and he has presented his work at national and international conferences.
He is a member of several global public health networks, including the Middle East, Eurasia, and Africa Influenza Stakeholders Network (ME'NA-ISN), the Training Program in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET), and the Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET).
As part of his future research, he is also interested in monitoring and epidemiological investigation of different infectious diseases, in particular antimicrobial-resistant pathogens, and their interventions to control public health emergencies.