Dr Sara Rizvi Jafree

Dr Sara Rizvi Jafree

Assistant Professor

PhD & MPhil (Institute of Social and Cultural Studies, University of the Punjab, PK)
BSc Honors (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)
Room # 123, Business and Social Sciences Building
Ext: 346

Dr. Jafree’s areas of interest lie in public health, minority studies, and social policy development. She has received funding for projects related to microfinance poverty alleviation, intergenerational learning between the elderly and youth, and digital health literacy access for women at primary healthcare level. She is currently pursuing an online Post-Doctorate Fellowship from the University of Oxford, UK, and planning to write her next book on Social Policy. Dr. Jafree is also working on a multifaceted nation-wide project related to COVID-19 and its effect on maternal health indictors.


– Women, Healthcare and Violence in Pakistan, Oxford University Press 2018




– The Sociology of South Asian Women’s Health, Springer, 2020





Impact Factor, Peer-Reviewed Research Publications

  1. 1. Jafree SR, Bukhari N, Muzamill A, et al, (2021) Digital health literacy intervention to support maternal,
    child and family health in primary healthcare settings of Pakistan during the age of coronavirus: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial, BMj Open, 11:e045163. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-0451632.Rizvi Jafree, S., Mahmood, Q. K., Burhan, S. K., & Khawar, A. (2021). Protective Factors for Life Satisfaction in Aging Populations Residing in Public Sector Old Age Homes of Pakistan: Implications for Social Policy. Journal of Aging and Environment, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/26892618.2021.1887042

    3. Jafree, S. R., & Anwar, N. (2020). Social Protection for Socioeconomically Vulnerable Women of Pakistan-During Covid-19 and Beyond. Pakistan Journal of Women’s Studies: Alam-e-Niswan, 27(2), 75-85. DOI: 10.46521/pjws.027.02.0079

    4. Mahmood, Q. K., Jafree, S. R., Jalil, A., Nadir, S. M. H., & Fischer, F. (2021). Anxiety amongst physicians during COVID-19: cross-sectional study in Pakistan. BMC Public Health, 21(1), 1-10;

  2. 5. Rizvi Jafree S., Zakar R, Ahsan H, et al. (2021) Impact of microfinance health interventions on health-related outcomes among female informal workers in Pakistan: a retrospective quasi-experimental study. BMJ Openhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-043544
  3. 6. Rizvi Jafree, S., ul Momina, A., & Naqi, S. A. (2020). Significant other family members and their experiences of COVID-19 in Pakistan: A qualitative study with implications for social policy,  Stigma and Health, APA; http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/sah0000269
  4. 7. Mahmood, Q.K., & Rizvi Jafree, S. (2020) Pakistani Youth and Social Media Addiction: the Validation of Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, Springer
  5. 8. Rizvi Jafree, S. (2020) Determinants of depression in women with chronic disease: Evidence from a sample of poor loan takers from Pakistan, Journal of Community Psychology, WILEY
  6. 9. Mahmood, Q.K., & Rizvi Jafree, S. (2020) The Psychometric Validation of FCV19S in Urdu and Socio-Demographic Association with Fear in the People of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province in Pakistan, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, Springer
  7. 10. Rizvi Jafree, S., Burhan, S.K.  (2020) Health challenges of mothers with special needs children in Pakistan and the importance of integrating health social workers, Social Work in Health Care, Taylor & Francis
    11. Rizvi Jafree, S. (2020). The Triple Burden of Disease, Destitution and Debt: Pakistani Women Microfinance Borrowers Health Challenges, Health Care for Women International, Taylor & Francis
  8. 12. Rizvi Jafree, S. (2020). Informal Congregational Social Workers and Promotion of Social Welfare in Sermons: A study of Shia Women Religious Scholars of Pakistan, Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, Taylor & Francis
  9. 13. Rizvi Jafree, S., Zakar, R., Mustafa, M., & Fischer, F. (2018). Mothers employed in paid work and their predictors for home delivery in Pakistan, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, Springer, 18(1), 316.
  10. 14. Rizvi Jafree, S., Zakar, R., Zakar, M. Z., & Fischer, F. (2017). Assessing the patient safety culture and ward error reporting in public sector hospitals of Pakistan, Safety in Health, Springer, 3(1), 10.
  11. 15. Rizvi Jafree, S. (2017). Workplace violence against women nurses working in two public sector hospitals of Lahore, Pakistan, Nursing Outlook, Elsevier, 65(4), 420-427.
  12. 16. Rizvi Jafree, S., (2016). Microfinance loan services, community and wellbeing- A case of women borrowers from Pakistan. The Microfinance Review, 8(1), 8-89.
  13. 17. Rizvi Jafree, S., Zakar, R., Zakar, M. Z., & Fischer, F. (2016). Nurse perceptions of organizational culture and its association with the culture of error reporting: a case of public sector hospitals in Pakistan, BMC Health Services Research, Springer, 16(1)
  14. 18. Rizvi Jafree, S., Zakar, R., & Zakar, M. Z. (2015). Factors Associated with Low Birth Weight of Children Among Employed Mothers in Pakistan. SPRINGER, Maternal and Child Health Journal19(9), 1993-2002.
  15. 19. Rizvi Jafree, S., Zakar, R., Fischer, F., & Zakar, M. Z. (2015). Ethical violations in the clinical setting: the hidden curriculum learning experience of Pakistani nurses. SPRINGER, BMC Medical Ethics16(1), 16.
  16. 20. Rizvi Jafree, S., Zakar, R., & Zakar, M. Z. (2015). Gender segregation as a benefit–a qualitative study from Pakistan. WILEY, Journal of Nursing Management23(8), 983-993.
  17. 21. Rizvi Jafree, S., & Ahmad, K. (2013). Women microfinance users and their association with improvement in quality of life: Evidence from Pakistan, The Research Institute of Asian Women, Asian Women29(4), 73-105.
  18. 22. Rizvi Jafree, S., & Ahmad, K. (2013). Women borrowers of microfinance: an urban Lahore study. Journal of Third World Studies30(2), 151.

Conference Paper

  • Rizvi Jafree, S., Burhan, S.K.  Special Needs Parents of Pakistan: Identifying Policy to Reduce Risks of Sexual Abuse in Special Needs Children; SAFER SOCIETY FOR CHILDREN Conference on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention February 28th – February 29th 2020, Safer Society for Children (SSC) is a collaboration between Information Technology University, Pakistan and the United States Embassy, Islamabad

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