Habib Ahmed Afsar
Intermodal Expressive Arts Practitioner and Public Health Specialist
MA - Intermodal Expressive Arts Coaching Consulting & Education
MSc - Health Systems Management
FCPS - Community Medicine
MBBS - Medicine & Surgery

Health, whether of an individual, community or organization, is a holistic construct that enjoys an intimate inter-play between the physical, mental, social and spiritual domains. It is not a static status in as much as it is impossible to avoid the occasional flu or occasionally feeling depressed or stuck. Health, in this broader construct is as much about coping with difficult situations as it is in maintaining a balanced status. The healthiest of us, in fact learn and thrive from our difficulties.

Art, as a tool has the tremendous capacity to access all these domains. Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, we can increase awareness of the self and others, cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences and enhance cognitive abilities. Most importantly, in the process, we can enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art and experiencing beauty. There is ample scientific evidence of the efficacy of using the arts in many sectors that include health, education, conflict resolution and peace building, organizational management, communication, international development and so forth.

My expertise and interests revolve around health and human development through individual and social change using the arts as a tool. For more information about my work integrating the arts and public health as well as some of my own art please visit www.habibafsar.wordpress.com

Habib Afsar · 2012 · habib@notmail.org