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WGO Training Center in Karachi, Pakistan


The WGO-AKU Training Centre provides residential training courses to trainees from Pakistan, Central Asia (and other areas of the world) in the theory and practice of gastroenterology; these courses are designed to supplement and enhance training provided in the home country and do not attempt to provide a complete training in gastroenterology. The courses are based on a defined curriculum developed jointly by WGO through its committee on Education and Training and experts from AKU and Pakistan to reflect the health care needs of this area and based on a caring and ethical approach to patient care. Didactic components review both basic science relevant to gastroenterology, as well as the latest concepts of gastrointestinal disease, in both formal lectures and small group interactive seminars. Practical instruction in endoscopy and other clinically-important procedures is provided through interactive video- and electronically-based programmes, as well as live patient demonstrations.

Main Objectives / Goals:

  • To promote the highest standards in gastroenterology and endoscopy training in the region.
  • To foster interactions between international and regional experts in the field of gastroenterology
  • To expose young gastroenterologists-in-training to the most current knowledge in gastroenterology
  • To promulgate best practice guidelines in gastroenterology and endoscopy
  • To develop a curriculum for training in gastroenterology based on current science, ethical principles and relevant to local and regional health care needs


The centre is equipped with the latest endoscopic facilities along with oesophageal manometery and Ph recording.

Areas of Training:

Upper and Lower GI endoscopies, diagnostic and Therapeutics

  • Endoscope Disinfection
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis B
  • Functional Bowel Problems
  • Acid Peptic Disorders
  • Endoscopy Nurses Training
  • Endoscopy Technicians


  • Professor S.M. Wasim Jafri
  • Aga Khan University Hospital
  • Department of Medicine
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Stadium Road
  • 74800 Karachi
  • Pakistan
  • E-mail:

Further Information:

For more comprehensive information on the Karachi Training Center, including trainee application process, course offerings, and other details, please refer to the downloadable pdf:

Karachi Training Center Information Packet ( pdf file )

Images of Karachi, Pakistan:

  • Training Center Director, Professor Wasim Jafri Training Center Director, Professor Wasim Jafri [click to enlarge]
  • Chronic Liver Disease Workshop Participants, 2005 Chronic Liver Disease Workshop Participants, 2005 [click to enlarge]
  • Participants at the 2010 Workshop Participants at the 2010 Workshop [click to enlarge]
  • Acid Peptic Diseases and Functional Gut Disorders Acid Peptic Diseases and Functional Gut Disorders [click to enlarge]
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