Dr. Yasmin RashidGenral Secretary PTI Punjab
Born: N/A
Profession: Gynaecologist
Affiliation(s): PTI




Pakistan Tehreek – e – Insaf



Currently Running For

Office: PTI Punjab General Secretary

State: Pakistan

Party: Pakistan Tehreek -e- Insaf


Dr. Yasmin Rashid is a Pakistan Tehreek – e- Insaf Punjab General Secretary. She retired from the Government Service in 2010 as a Professor & Head of the Obstetrics & Gynaecology Department, King Edward Medical University, Lahore.


MBBS Fatima Jinnah Medial College Lahore 1978

MCPS College of Physician & Surgeons Pakistan 1981

MRCOG Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynecology London. 1984

FRCOG Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynecology London. 1999

FCPS College of Physician & Surgeons Pakistan 2010


– Professor & Head of the Obstetrics & Gynaecology Department, King Edward Medical University, Lahore. (2003-2010 Retirement from Government service).

– Program Manager, Punjab Safe Motherhood Initiative Project (2004-2010)

– Program Manager, Punjab Thalassaemia Prevention Project (2009-2010)

– Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore.

(1999 – 2003)

– Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Rawalpindi Medical College. Rawalpindi

(July 1996 – 1999)


• Reproductive Health Research Unit

Initiated the first research unit on reproductive health in the country at Lady Willingdon Hospital, Lahore. This research unit is now conducting several national and international researches in reproductive health

• Related to Fetal Medicine

Initiated the subspecialty of Feto Maternal Medicine in Pakistan in 1994. Facilities like Inutero Blood Transfusion, prenatal diagnosis, fetal blood sampling, etc are provided to the patients during pregnancy.

• Related to Alzheimer’s Disease

Established Alzheimer’s Pakistan, the national organization working on Alzheimer’s Disease. Through Alzheimer’s Pakistan services like awareness, trainings, support to families and day care center has been initiated in the country.

•Related to Thalassaemia

Developed the facility of Prenatal Diagnosis of Thalassaemia at Genetic Level by Chorionic Villus Sampling. Performed the first test in Pakistan regarding the disease. Since then have provided the facility to more than eight hundred couples. Pakistan is the first Muslim country to start the facility of Prenatal Diagnosis. Established the first centre for the affected children in a government hospital in 1995 at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Lahore.


• Young Champion Project for Girls Education in Lahore (2009 –to date)

Heading the Young Champion Project for Girls Education project in Lahore in collaboration with UNICEF and School Education Department. The project is being implemented in connection with the United nations girl education initiative (UNGEI), which is also being implemented in South Asian Region. The project aims to enroll marginalized children in government schools through a volunteer force of youngsters, who are simultaneously also being trained to become community leaders.

• Establishment of Temporary Learning Centers in District Muzaffargarh (2010 -ongoing)

Heading the project in flood hit district of Muzaffargarh. So far 161 Temporary Learning Shelters (TLC) have been set up in collaboration with UNICEF and district government and approximately 21,096 children have been enrolled in schools. Nearly 425 teachers of all these government schools are also trained to effectively provide education in the current situation and to provide psycho-social support to children.

• Social mobilization on Maternal & Child Health through Community action process(2011 -ongoing)

Heading the project in 12 union councils of flood hit district of Rajanpur. The project is being run in collaboration with UNICEF and district government and provides health services to mothers and children through social mobilization and community action process.

• Global Health Workforce Alliance & WHO project on Supporting Human Resources Development in Medical Schools in Pakistan (2009 -2011)

Headed the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) & WHO project to support human resources development in Pakistan to overcome human resources in health (HRH) crisis through massive skills development for medical students and medical graduates on health leadership and related themes.

• Punjab Safe Motherhood Initiative Project (2004 -2010)

Program Manager, Punjab Safe Motherhood Initiative Project, FUNDED BY Government of Punjab and supported by UNICEF – This project is considered as the solution to the manning of peripheral hospitals by health personals properly trained in the management of Comprehensive Emergency Obstetrics Care (EMoC) services . The project involves the rotation of post graduate doctors from tertiary care hospitals on monthly basis so as to provide 24 hours EMoC. Project has shown excellent results.

Also supervised the replication of the Safe Motherhood Initiative Projects in two more rural districts in Punjab namely Nankana District through Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore and Chakwal District through Rawalpindi Medical College. MNCH Program is also initiating this project in different districts of Punjab province.

• Punjab Thalassaemia Prevention Project (2009 -2010)

Project Director, Punjab Thalassaemia Prevention Project, FUNDED BY Government of Punjab– Beta Thalassaemia is the commonest inherited disorder in Pakistan with six percent prevalence rate. The project aims to screen Thalassaemia carriers in the province and provide prenatal diagnosis to carrier couples. This project is considered to be the only solution to the problem of Thalassaemia in Punjab as treating all the Thalassaemic patients in all times to come is not possible for a country like Pakistan. The project headquarter is based at Lady Willingdon Hospital Lahore with regional offices in Rawalpindi, Multan and Bahawalpur.

• Advocacy and Social Mobilization for Women’s Health (2004-todate)

Heading the UNICEF funded project executed through JSCD in the districts of Kasur and Sheikhupura. The project focuses on the advocacy and social mobilization on women’s health. The project also focuses on water and sanitation.

• Outreach Program at Skardu District Hospital. (1998-todate)

The program involves providing facility of obstetric and gynaecological operations to the people of Baltistan since 1998 through regular medical camp at District Headquarter Hospital Skardu. This very remote area is located in the Karakuram Mountain range, where there is no specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology available in the entire district.

• National Plan Of Action On Maternal Health (2004)

Developed the National Plan of Action (NPA) on Maternal Health for the Central Asian State of Turkmenistan. The NPA has been developed for five years on the behest of UNICEF and Government of Turkmenistan.

• Pak Initiative for Mothers & Newborns

Project Manager, Pak Initiative for Mothers & Newborns, funded by PAIMAN (USAID) and supported by Government of Punjab– This project is designed to provide advocacy, awareness and safe motherhood & Newborn services in two union councils of Jhelum District.

• Strengthening Maternal Care And Referral services in the Target Areas of Lahore and Sheikhupura (2000-2003).

Headed the above mentioned UNICEF pilot project as Project Manager, this collaborative program with UNICEF involved a tertiary care hospital attached to a medical school with primary health care facilities in Lahore and a nearby district. This was first of its kind and because of its success now been adopted by the government as the Safe Motherhood Initiative

• Advocacy and Social Mobilization for Women’s Health (1998-2005)

Headed the UNICEF projects for Social Welfare Department, Government of Punjab and JSCD. The projects focused on the advocacy of issues related to women health, and also included issues like gender sensitization, violence against women, women and girl child rights and violence against women.


o Operations and action research on training and capacity building in reproductive health and family planning in PRSP target districts. This operational research was funded by David Lucile & Packard Foundation

• Operational research on the deployment of newly trained Community Midwifes in the community of district Skeikhupra and Kasur. This operational research was funded by UNICEF, MNCH Program and PAIMAN.

o Verbal autopsies of maternal deaths in district Sheikhupura, funded by Planning and Development Department, Government of the Punjab

• Principal Investigator of RELEASE TRIAL on retained placentas conducted in collaboration with University of Liverpool, UK and funded by Higher Education Commission (HEC).

o Development of Counselling tool for prenatal diagnosis of Thalassaemia in Pakistan funded by Planning and Development Department, Government of the Punjab.

• Principal Investigator of SIMPLE TRIAL on recurrent abortions conducted in collaboration with University of Liverpool, UK and funded by Higher Education Commission (HEC).

• Supervisor of two ongoing collaborative research program on Gene Location of inherited disorders with University of LEEDS, and University of CAMBRIDGE, UK. During this research, multiple genes have been found (for the first in the world) of diseases like Microcephaly, blindness, etc.


• All is done by Allah’. Understandings of Down syndrome and prenatal testing in Pakistan. Soc Sci Med. 2011 Apr

• Genetic Heterogeneity for Recessively-Inherited Congenital Cataract-Microcornea with Corneal Opacity. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Apr

• Iatrogenic vesicovaginal fistula. J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2010 Jul

• Homozygous FOXE3 mutations cause non-syndromic, bilateral, total sclerocornea, aphakia, microphthalmia and optic disc coloboma. Mol Vis. 2010 Jun

• Umbilical vein oxytocin for the treatment of retained placenta (Release Study): a double-blind, randomised controlled trial The Lancet. 2010 Jan

• Genotype-phenotype correlation for leber congenital amaurosis in Northern Pakistan. Arch Ophthalmol 2010 Jan

• Molecular confirmation of the causes of inherited visual impairment in Northern Pakistan. J Coll Ph Surg Pak. 2009 Dec

• Mutations in the Beta Propeller WDR72 Cause Autosomal-Recessive Hypomaturation Amelogenesis Imperfecta. Am J Hum Genet. 2009 Nov

•Genetic and epigenetic analysis of recurrent hydatidiform mole

Hum Mutat. 2009 May

•Null mutations in LTBP2 cause primary congenital glaucoma

Am J Hum Genet. 2009 May

• Loss of the metalloprotease ADAM9 leads to cone-rod dystrophy in humans and retinal degeneration in mice. Am J Hum Genet. 2009 May

• A missense mutation in the nuclear localization signal sequence of CERKL (p.R106S) causes autosomal recessive retinal degeneration Mol Vis. Oct 2008


•Prenatal diagnosis of beta-thalassaemia by chorionic villous sampling.

J PMA 2007 Nov

•Mutations in LCA5, encoding the ciliary protein lebercilin, cause Leber congenital amaurosis. Nat Genet. 2007 Jul

•Regional and ethnic distribution of Beta thalassemia mutations and effect of consanguinity in patients referred for prenatal diagnosis. J Coll Ph. Surg Pak 2007 Mar

•An SCN9A channelopathy causes congenital inability to experience pain Nature. 2006 Dec

•Refinement of the locus for hereditary congenital facial palsy on chromosome 3q21 in two unrelated families and screening of positional candidate genes Eur J Hum Genet. 2006 Dec

• MORM syndrome (mental retardation, truncal obesity, retinal dystrophy and micropenis), a new autosomal recessive disorder, links to 9q34. Eur J Hum Genet. 2006 Feb

• A centrosomal mechanism involving CDK5RAP2 and CENPJ controls brain size. Nat Genet.

2005 May

• The importance of seeking ALMS1 mutations in infants with dilated cardiomyopathy. J Med Genet. 2005 Feb

• Mutations in microcephalin cause aberrant regulation of chromosome condensation Am J Hum Genet. 2004 Aug

• Protein truncating mutations in ASPM cause variable reduction in brain size

Am J Hum Genet. 2003 Nov

• dentification of a locus (LCA9) for Leber’s congenital amaurosis on chromosome 1p36 Eur J Hum Genet. 2003 May

• Progression of phenotype in Leber’s congenital amaurosis with a mutation at the LCA5 locus. Br J Ophthalmol.

2003 Apr

• Autosomal recessive primary microcephaly: an analysis of locus heterogeneity and phenotypic variation. J Med Genetics

2002 Oct

• Identification of microcephalin, a protein implicated in determining the size of the human brain Am J Hum Genet. 2002 Jul

• A new pedigree with recessive mapping to CHED2 Locus on 20P13 British Journal of Ophtha. 2001

• A fifth locus for primary autosomal recessive microcephaly maps to chromosome 1q31. Am J Hum Genet. 2000 Dec

• Prenatal diagnosis of beta-thalassaemia in Pakistan: experience in a Muslim country. Prenatal Diagn. May 2000

• A case for comprehensive antenatal screening for blood group antibodies. J Pak Med Assoc. 1999 Oct

• Prenatal diagnosis of haemophilia-A: a basis for the Pakistani families. J Pak Med Assoc. 1999 Oct

• The second locus for autosomal recessive primary microcephaly (MCPH2) maps to chromosome 19q13.1-13.2. Eur J Hum Genet. 1999 Oct-Nov

• Down’s syndrome: prospects for prevention by antenatal diagnosis J Pak Med Assoc. 1999 Mar

• Primary Autosomal Recessive Microcephaly (MCPH1) Maps to Chromosome 8p22-pter”. Am. J of Human Genetics 1998

• Prenatal Diagnosis of Beta Thalassaemia Mother & Child March 1996

• Fetal Lung Maturity in Diabetic Mothers Pak. J of Med. Research 1994

• Macrosomia. A clinical appraisal of 104 cases Pakistan J of Health 1995

• Prevalence of Bacteria in Induced Septic Abortions Pak. J of Path. June 1994

• Neonatal Hyperbilirubinaemia associated with Oxytocin induced labor Pak. J of Med. Res July 1988


• President, Jahandad Society for Community Development (since 2001)

• Patron, Alzheimer’s Pakistan (since 2000)

• Elected Board Member, Alzheimer’s Disease International (since 2009)

• Secretary General, Thalassaemia Society of Pakistan. (since 1994)

• Secretary General, Thalassaemia Federation of Pakistan (since 2004)

• Secretary General PTI Punjab (since 2010)

• President Pakistan Medical Association Lahore. (2008-2010)

• Chairperson Taskforce for Women Development Government of Punjab. (1998-2002)

• Chairperson Committee for Women Health, Social Welfare Department Punjab. (1998-2000)

• President Pakistan Medical Association Centre. (1998-2000)



Personal Interests

Table Tennis, Lawn Tennis, Basketball, Swimming.


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