Dr. Faraz Khalid's Profile

Dr. Faraz Khalid is an accomplished health financing specialist with over eleven years of experience in social health protection in the Eastern Mediterranean region. He has been recently consulting with World Health Organization, Prime Minister National Health Insurance Program and United Nations International Children Emergency Fund for health financing assignments in Pakistan, Lebanon, Jordan, and Morocco.

In addition to his medical training, he completed his PhD in Global Health Policy and Management on a Fulbright Scholarship from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, U.S., and Master’s in Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was an Emerging Voice for Global Health in 2016 and has been recently awarded Dean’s Scholastic Award and Best Doctoral Dissertation Award for 2017.

As a health financing technical analyst, he has reviewed health social protection models of lesser developed countries, analyzed health financing data from equity and efficiency perspectives, assessed health systems performance, synthesized baseline survey reports, assessed political, institutional, cultural, and historical bottlenecks for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) reforms, investigated health systems progress towards UHC, and have assessed performance of sub-national health systems for UHC.

Abstract

Fulbright, Prayer and Interfaith Harmony

I will read my open letter addressed to President Mike Fitts of Tulane University and will share his response. In ten minutes, I will share my story of how a simple request for a space to pray led to the formation of an interfaith community promoting harmony, understanding and friendship among people of different beliefs and backgrounds.

I was placed at Tulane University located in America’s deep south in 2014. I knew early on that it had a relatively small Muslim student population, and had some fears that my visibly traditional Islamic garb (beard, cap, and shalwar qameez) would bring on some stereotypes thoughts. However, I was certainly not prepared for what came next! What happened was a true testament of the power of inter-faith dialog as well as the acceptance, tolerance, and diversity on U.S. campuses.

All my fears and reservations became opportunities - when my classmates saw me pray in the office, they urged me to contact Student Affairs for a prayer area. The Student Affairs administration was only just willing - their curiosity both piqued and assuaged with their insightful inquiries on the timings and frequency of salah. Student Affairs allotted a room to the Muslim students - not only that, they went out of their way to Google Islamic mosque/prayer area ambiances and made us feel home as much as possible. Our prayer area lead to the establishment of an Interfaith prayer room, which later became a hub of interfaith dialog and harmony. My Islamic outlook, for which I had been warned about in Pakistan, became a source of pride in the US - it was a symbol of inclusion and diversity on the campus.

I have recently returned to Pakistan and have been approached by many young professionals with apprehensions about how their traditional Islamic appearance may hurt their chances of success abroad. I reassure them that this is a perfect opportunity for them to dispel any myths and misconceptions that the world might carry about us.


Dr. Faraz Khalid
Health Financing Consultant
UNICEF/Prime Minister National Health Insurance Program

Fulbright PhD
2009-2014
Tulane University

 

 

 

 
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