• 1 H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry
    International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences
  • 1 Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research
    International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences
  • 1 Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman Laboratories (TWC)
    International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences
  • 1 LEJ National Science Information Center
    International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences
  • 1 ICCBS Group Photograph
    International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences
  • 1 LEJ Nanotechnology Center
    International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences
  • 1 Prof. Dr. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Auditorium
    International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences
  • 1 HEJ Library
    International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences
Project Objective
The Project

One of the most striking findings of the ethnobotanic surveys, conducted during 2007-2011 in the province of Sindh, was very high prevalence of skin diseases, and related disorders. The high onset of skin diseases in Sindh was largely due to poverty, lack of clean water, poor sanitary conditions, malnutrition, insect, vector and inadequate access to specialized dermatological treatments. The most common skin diseases we observed during the survey included scabies, impetigo, superficial fungal infections, leishmania, and a variety of ulcers due to poor quality of food and water, negligence and lack of treatment. We also witnessed some chronic skin diseases, like psoriasis, that people just had not gotten checked out or treated because there was no doctor in the area. The most depressing thing that we noticed was in most of the areas they don’t have a female physician. Women have to travel four to six hours away from their homes to visit a female physician. Similarly, it was noted that rural population of the Province of Sindh is using a large number of plant remedies for the treatment of skin disorders.

This current project focuses on epidemiological study of the increasing emergence, high prevalence, and spread of multi-drug resistant (MDR) skin diseases in the province of Sindh. It addresses wide spread infectious diseases caused by fungal and bacterial pathogens, with significant morbidity and mortality in a large segment of the population, and a high economic cost due to resistance. The anticipated results of the study are highly relevant to society in terms of reducing the burden of diseases and sufferings in impoverished population of rural areas, and in terms of reducing medical costs associated with treating opportunistic infections. In this study, ethnobotanical medicinal practices in Sindh against the skin diseases will be collected, documented, scientifically evaluated, and publicized for IPR protection.

 

 

 

Project objectives

Aim of this project is to conduct ethnobotanical and ethnopharmacological survey of medicinal plants practices, infectious skin diseses in sindh.

Following are the main objectives of this study:

Ø  To collect ethnobotanical data related to skin infections.

Ø  To collect samples from the patients by microbiologist, this will be then examined in detail.

Ø  To collect/ purchase plants and herbs that will be mentioned by the local people and a full scientific evaluation of their claim will be done.

Ø  To compile a data base for traditional medicine use for the treatment of skin infections. Scientific data and a monograph will be published.

 

 

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