March 2021

Improving water quality for millions: Study UK Alumni Awards success

Photo credit: Namra Mansoor

Dr Hifza Rasheed (PhD 2018) has been awarded the Professional Achievement Award in the British Council Study UK Alumni Awards in Pakistan.

The British Council award, which celebrates outstanding alumni around the world, follows Hifza’s work to improve water quality for millions of people across the Punjab province of Pakistan.

Thanks to her research work and development projects, Hifza is helping to drive progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 – to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Hifza, who has worked for the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) since 2002, completed her PhD in the School of Geography at Leeds in 2018. Her research focused upon exposure to chemical forms of arsenic, and helped to highlight the need for arsenic free water for millions of people in the Punjab province. Combined with 19 years of experience as a water and wastewater expert, Hifza has truly been able to make a difference.

Much of Hifza’s work focuses on water and food safety, water supply, monitoring of water resources, wastewater profiling, exposure risk assessment and technology development. She has been instrumental in improving awareness and drawing the attention of Government to issues such as waterborne diseases, improving safe water access, climate resilient water safety plans, and chemical and biological risk modelling.

Despite her success, Hifza will not rest on her laurels. She continues her work to promote clean water and sanitation in Pakistan and encourage actions on water quality and quantity issues at all levels, facilitating the adoption of water smart approaches on an environmentally sustainable basis.

Alumni can find out how to enter the Study UK Alumni Awards here.

Further information: UN Sustainable Development Goal 6

In 2019, UN updates outlined that despite progress, billions of people still lack safe water, sanitation and handwashing facilities. More efficient use and management of water are critical to addressing the growing demand for water. Hifza’s work is a crucial part of this process in Pakistan.