How we started

The North to North Partnership for Health is a strategic health link between NHS in  Yorkshire and Humber, North West and Scotland to the north of Pakistan.  In October 2005, a major earthquake hit northern Pakistan killing 75,000 people and leaving thousands injured and homeless. There was an immediate and huge response from the Yorkshire and the Humber and North West regions, both of which have large populations with ancestral links to the affected area. The earthquake devastated the local healthcare system and the NHS in Yorkshire and the Humber and the North West played a key role in the emergency response.

Dialogue continued between the two NHS regions and the Government of KPK and Punjab on establishing a long term strategic partnership between our provinces/regions. In May 2007, we visited KPK to explore this with the Provincial Government’s Department of Health, leaders in KPK’s main hospitals, universities, the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), and local voluntary organisations.

We wish to develop a long term partnership of equals with focused outcomes and supporting existing arrangements. The benefits to KPK will be in supporting achieving WHO sustainability goals by 2030. The benefits to the NHS will include better understanding and engagement with local communities of Pakistani (as well as other developing countries) origin and developing better skills for managing emergency responses (such as an influenza pandemic).

You can read the report of that visit by clicking on the link.


Our aims

  • To understand and explore ways to strengthening current healthcare quality, management and public health (including health protection) in the Pakistan health system
  • To explore the primary and secondary care interface in the governmental, private and NGO sectors.
  • To identify opportunities for collaboration with PHE and NHS Scotland with health agencies in Pakistan.

How we are organised

N2N is a charitable trust (registration number 1123805).


Professor Mahmood Adil

Medical Director - Information Services Division (Scotland) & Health Protection Scotland NHS National Services Scotland

Mahmood is chair and co-founder of N2N Health Partnership.

He has 25 years of clinical, public health and executive management experience and delivered on senior leadership positions in the NHS and USA (Yale University). He is also adviser on healthcare improvement to a number of countries globally. Currently, his responsibilities encompass to develop the best health intelligence for Scotland and build partnerships for the use of these valuable data/digital assets in improve outcomes nationally and internationally. He also chairs the Research & Innovation Group of the ISD.

Prior to joining NSS, he was the National Quality and Efficiency Advisor at the Department of Health (England) and led initiatives which created value in the NHS.

He is an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School, Institute of Directors and the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (USA). He has higher qualifications in medicine, paediatrics, public health, economics, management and health informatics fields.

Professor Paul Johnstone

Regional Director (North) for Public Health England

Professor Paul Johnstone is the regional Director (North) and an executive director for Public Health England. Previously he was Director of Public Health for NHS North of England (2011-2013) and then Regional Director of Public Health for Yorkshire & Humber (setting up its first regional team 2002-11). Since joining the NHS in 1983, Paul has worked as a hospital doctor, GP and executive director. His research interests are in evidence based healthcare, primary healthcare, health inequalities and global health.

Paul has also extensive international experience, working with refugees in Pakistan and Sudan, then for DFID and a health adviser in the West Indies. Recently he worked in Sierra Leone for PHE as senior technical advisor for WHO and led work advising the Government in re-establishing its health protection role at the end of the Ebola crisis. This work also led to a multi-million pound DFID funded project to support the country’s long term construction.

Mr Abdul Razzaq

Abdul Razaq, Director of Public Health and Protection, Suffolk County Council

Abdul Razaq is Director of Public Health and Protection at Suffolk County Council since August 2016 and former Director of Public Health at Trafford Council since 2003. Abdul has twenty years of Public Health experience and has held senior positions within Local Government and the NHS over the last decade.
His extensive experience and portfolio includes leading on areas within Greater Manchester devolution programmes such as dementia, cancer early detection and awareness, viral Hepatitis and Public Health intelligence.

Abdul has held the positions of chair of the North West Directors of Public Health Network and was the North West region Executive lead of the national Association of Directors of Public Health as previously held the position of Chair of the Greater Manchester Directors of Public Health.
At a national level, Abdul sits on the Public Health England Obesity Priority Programme Board and was Chair of Food Active, a North West collaborative on tackling key determinants of unhealthy food leading to non communicable disease. He is interested in developing the new dimension of commercial determinants of health from global policy to local action.

Abdul is supporting efforts for the eradication of polio in Pakistan by working with Public Health England on developing Public Health capacity on national disease surveillance. His other areas of experience include extensive work in Health Promotion and Health Protection, tackling health inequalities in communities of interest and need, addressing the social determinants of health, joint commissioning of mental health and older people services and clinical audit to improve the quality of local services.

Dr Andrew Furber

Dr Andrew Furber is the Centre Director for Public Health England in Yorkshire and the Humber. He was previously Director of Public Health (DPH) for Wakefield Council and President of the UK Association of Directors of Public Health. He was previously DPH in North Lincolnshire and a Consultant in Public Health in Sheffield and within the regional public health team.

Andrew originally trained as a GP before working in international development for 7 years latterly with the Department for International Development. His international work ranged from training village health workers to advising on national policy. He is on twitter at @FurberA.

Mr Sabir Hussain

Finance Manager - Strategic Projects (Regions and Centres) for Public Health England (PHE)

Sabir is the Treasurer for N2N Health Partnership.

He has worked in the Civil Service for over 20 years and has 15 years of Business and Finance management experience in Public Health, working at a regional level for Department of Health and Public Health England (PHE).

Sabir’s current role in PHE is to undertake validation and assurance work on the Ring-fenced Public Health grant allocated to Local Authorities and provide a Finance Business Partner role for several business units in PHE.

Sabir holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Applied Accounting and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

In his spare time Sabir enjoys martial arts and travelling with family and friends.


Ms Azariah Jenney

Azariah provides project management, administration and communications support to the North to North Health Partnership since 2016

Azariah has a Master’s Degree in Global Public Health, Law and Governance from Queen Mary University in London. Since graduating, she has worked as a civil servant in public health at a North Regional level for Public Health England and in Global Health at Department of Health and Social Care, on a £50m Global Innovation Fund to tackle Anti-microbial Resistance for the benefit of lower and middle income countries.

Azariah’s current role is working in the National Health Inequalities team at Public Health England.

Azariah enjoys travelling, climbing and fencing in her spare time.