Dr Laila Surani was a visitor at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing from 9 October 2023 to 9 December 2023.
Laila has earned her PhD in assessing the quality of life of 50+ older adults in Karachi, Pakistan, from the University of East London and an MSc in public health from the Queen Mary University of London.Dr Laila has 20 years of work experience in the public health sector in Pakistan and 11 years of experience in developing a sustainable NGO sector on Active and Healthy ageing and advocacy on ageism in Pakistan. Her interests are in community engagement, community development, gender inequality, wellbeing, the ageing process, and Active and healthy ageing.
Dr Laila is currently highly engaged in teaching BSC honours MSc public health and supervising BSc and MSc students in different universities in London. Also, she is actively involved in writing and reviewing research grant proposals for national and international agencies on the Active ageing and capacity building of caregivers working in Pakistan's old-age homes.
Her work at the institute would focus on the Implementing 'HEMSS'-( Healthy Life, Empowerment, Mental and psychosocial comfort, Social Protection and Spiritual Enrichment) model at the community level for the 50+ population.