Khalid Omer Siddiqui

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Honouring our dear colleague and friend

We are saddened to share that our friend and colleague died suddenly in Bauchi, Nigeria, on 7th January 2024, while working on his PhD project about adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Bauchi. Khalid began his PhD studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care at McGill in September 2022, but his links with CIET and Bauchi go back much further.

After qualifying in Medicine and working in the Aga Khan University hospital in Karachi, in 1996 he joined CIET in Pakistan to coordinate a project on maternal and child health. For the next 25 years, he worked with CIET on projects in many countries and interacted with many CIET colleagues.

Khalid was the local lead on several projects in Pakistan, including the ground-breaking Social Audit of Abuse Against Women (SAAAW) which covered over 23,000 women in all districts of Pakistan and remains the only nationally representative survey of violence against women in the country. Another project provided an unbiased evaluation of the impact of devolution of public services in Pakistan on the intended beneficiaries. Khalid led a project to examine the patient and population impact of a hospital improvement initiative in Bangladesh; this was the basis of his Masters in Epidemiology at the Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero in Acapulco, Mexico.

We also remember Khalid from CIET surveys about gender, gender violence, and HIV risk in ten countries in southern Africa in 2007. His work in Bauchi and Cross River States in Nigeria began in 2006. He continued to support several projects in Bauchi State, creating an exceptionally strong local team in collaboration with the NGO Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN), training and supporting many government officers who advanced in their careers to senior posts.