Twin opeds on addressing corruption

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October 4, 2017
Dr. Sania Nishtar publishes two opeds in The News International describing the ramifications, costs and dynamics of corruption in general and underscores the importance of some of the evidence based measures relevant to pakistan to address them. These articles can be accessed here:
The Corruption Imperative https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/231091-The-corruption-imperative?src=ilaw
The Road to anti-corruption https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/234424-Road-to-anti-corruption

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Advisory Board meeting of the EAT initiative

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September 20, 2017: Dr. Sania Nishtar attended the advisory board meeting of EAT in New York on the sidelines of the 72nd UNGA. An initiative of the Stordalen Foundation and the Stockholm resilience center, EAT is focused is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today: providing the growing global population a healthy and nutritious diet within safe environmental limits.

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Impact Summit of the World Economic Forum

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September 19, 2017:  On the occasion of the Sustainable Development Impact Summit, the World Economic Forum held a session on “Public and Private Collaboration to Close the Gap on Financing for NCDs”. The session gathered business leaders, government, academia and civil society to share examples on how innovators have successfully deployed resources and capital towards impact on the NCD agenda, around the world. Sania Nishtar was one of the panelists and shared the manner in which Heartfile Health Financing is helping save lives in Pakistan.

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Sun Lead group meeting in New York

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September 18, 2017: Dr. Sania Nishtar is a member of the SUN Lead Group and attended the Lead Group meeting in New York at the UNICEF headquarters on September 19, 2017. SUN is a global movement to end malnutrition in all its forms by 2030. The SUN Movement Lead Group has the overall responsibility for the Movements progress towards achieving its objectives.

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Launch of the Access to Treatment for NCDs Alliance

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September 18, 2017: the global NGO Path in collaboration with a number of partners from the public and private worlds is leading the establishment of a new alliance aiming to promote “Access to Treatment for NCDs”. The alliance was launched by Sir George Alleyne in a Ceremony in New York on the sidelines of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly. In her keynote speech at the event, Dr. Sania Nishtar underscores the importance of access to treatment both in financial and geographic access terms and drew on personal experiences, calling for higher visibility to be accorded to international NCD initiatives.

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The Lancet Commentary on “The NCD cooperative”

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September 18, 2017
Dr. Sania Nishtar outlines the reasons of failure to address non-communicable diseases and makes a strong call for an appropriate institutional mechanism to address them in this powerful Lancet commentary. http://thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)32481-9/fulltext

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European Public Health Alliance’s (EPHA) 8th annual conference

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September 7, 2017: The European Public Health Alliance hosted its 8th annual meeting in Brussels this year on September 7, placing a key question at the heart of the deliberations: How to spark change for chronic disease prevention? Dr. Sania Nishtar was the keynote speaker at the event and presented a number of policy recommendations to break the deadlock on chronic diseases. The conference deliberations will soon be posted on https://epha.org/

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Keynote address at the Circulatory Summit in Singapore

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July 13, 2017: Dr. Sania Nishtar was the closing keynote speaker at the 2nd Global Summit on Circulatory Health held in Singapore this week. The meeting was hosted by the World Heart Federation. Sania Nishtar spoke about her recent experience as nominee for WHO Director General and drew on her insights after having met with ministers of health and high-level delegations from over 190 countries. She dilated on the need for mainstreaming NCD prevention and control in country health systems planning and elaborated on the huge need to do so, which was highlighted during her interactions with country delegations.

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Great applause for Sania Nishtar’s WHO DG election campaign

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May 23, 2017: After an intensive 18 month election campaign for the position of WHO Director General, Dr Sania Nishtar was defeated by Tedros Adanhom of Ethiopia in the final election which was held at the World Health Assembly on May 23rd, 2017.

In a dignified final campaign newsletter, Sania Nishtar accepts defeat gracefully. She conveys here deepest gratitude to all those who supported her, wished the new WHO DG all the best and referred to her candidacy and her nomination as an “extraordinary privilege”. Sania Nishtar draws attention to her efforts aimed at having initialized an international movement for change in drawing attention to some of the root causes facing the UN system as outlined in her final Op-Ed in the campaign  and reiterated in her final speech at the World Health Assembly. She also recalled her efforts to promote “new deal” for WHO, one where she envisaged institutionalizing transparency and accountability as central tenets to delivering institutional reform, and hoped that these efforts would help catalyze a movement within WHO.

Her candidacy was widely hailed both internationally and in Paksitan as is evidenced by the Endorsementsand Newsletters

Visit WHO webpage about the election

View Documentary about the election campaign

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WHO Director-General final election in Geneva

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May 23, 2017: all the three nominees for the position of Director-General of WHO, Sania Nishtar, David Nabarro, Tedros Adanhom,were invited to speak at the World Health Assembly, addressing delegations and ministers of health from 194-member state countries. The text of Sania Nishtar’s speech can be accessed here.

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Article in BMJ about the WHO DG election process

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May 19, 2017: In her final op-ed before the vote for WHO DG, published in the BMJ, Sania Nishtar discusses her approach to the campaign, which will have an important bearing on implementing her vision for a new WHO, if elected a week from now. Fingers crossed!

WHO DG candidate’s event in Fiji

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April 25, 2017: Sania Nishtar spoke at a candidates’ event organized by the government of Fiji and the Pacific Islands forum during the Pacific Heads of Health meeting which was held on April 25. This event was organized for candidates of WHO DG. She also met with volunteers and government officials, got to wear a traditional dress and learnt about the challenges facing Fiji and the Pacific region.

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WHO DG candidate’s event in Quito

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March 31, 2017: At the beautiful UNASUR headquarters in Ecuador on March 31, Sania Nishtar met Member States from the South America region and put forward her vision for accelerating reform within the WHO. Along with the other two finalists for WHO DG, David Nabarro and TedrosAdanhom, she spoke at a press conference and a panel discussion for WHO DG nominees.

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Fifth Newsletter of Sania Nishtar’s WHO DG Campaign

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In this final newsletter before the election, public health legends, Sir George Alleyne, along with eight other global health leaders: Sir Cary Cooper, Prof. Pekka Puska, Dr. Robert Beaglehole, Dr. Ruth Bonita, Prof. Alexandre Kalache, Dr. Mohamed Abdi Jama, Prof. Fareed Minhas, and Prof. Samad Shera have come forward strongly to support Sania Nishtar’s candidacy. Read more. Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired and Prof. Terence Gibson, Sidney Smith Junior and double Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy have written why she is most suitable candidate. Read fifth newsletter herehttp://www.sanianishtar.info/newsletter-5-may-20-2017/

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Fourth Newsletter of Sania Nishtar’s WHO Director-General Election Campaign

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May 4, 2017:  Pakistan’s rich and diverse civil society stand behind Sania Nishtar’s candidacy with aletter to Member States of the World Health Assembly urging them to support the candidacy. The letter was signed by 122 civil society organizations and can be accessed here. As Sania Nishtar starts her 17-country trip-to Europe, the last leg on the election tour, eminent leaders from Europe such as Pekka Puska announce their endorsement as well. Read fourth newsletter here.

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Third Newsletter of Sania Nishtar’s WHO Director-General Election Campaign

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April 27, 2017: Support for Sania Nishtar’s candidature for WHO soars as stalwarts such as Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired, Harvard former dean of public health school Barry Bloom and Musimbi Kanyoro, head of the global Fund for Women endorse her candidature. One of the most significant endorsements came as a letter of support from the Steering Committee of the Emerging Markets Symposium Initiative of the Green Templeton College, Oxford University. The collective voice of these experts is a huge win for the campaign. Read third newsletter here.
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Second Newsletter of Sania Nishtar’sWHO Director-General Election Campaign

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April 19: This week Sania Nishtar is touring Asia and the Pacific. Robert Beaglehole and Ruth Bonita one of the most respected health experts who have formerly worked at WHO at leadership positions have come forward to endorse her candidature. Sir Trevor Hassel, Sir Cary Cooper, and one of the former WHO Assistant Director-Generals, Abedi Jama have also reiterated their strong support for her candidacy. Prof. Fareed Minhas from Pakistan has explained why she is the best choice. Read the second newsletter here.

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First Newsletter of Sania Nishtar’sWHO Director-General Election Campaign

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April 10, 2017: The first campaign newsletter has just been launched and can be accessed here. As Sania Nishtar tours Latin America and the Caribbean meeting heads of state and ministers of health and foreign affairs to promote her candidature, experts and respected personalities from across the region come forward to support her campaign, including the Sir George Alleyne, Darwin Labarthe, Beatriz Champagne and many others.

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Political leadership for global health

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March 6. 2017: I her capacity as nominee for Director General of WHO, Dr. Sania Nishtar participated in an event at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, with a focus on Political leadership for global health. The footage of the event can be accessed.
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Political leadership for global health

DG WHO Nominees at Science Po in Paris

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February 10: on February 10 the three  WHO DG nominees, Dr Sania Nishtar, Dr Tedros Adhanom and Dr David Nabarro were invited to Science Po in Paris to interact with students, faculty and members of the civil society. Science Po is France’s prestigious 150 year-old international research university. The nominees were asked to speak about the future of health and the role of WHO. Dr Jean-Marie Le Guen, France’s Minister of State for Development and Francophonie of France, closed the meeting with his closing speech, reaffirming France’s commitment to global health. 

Sania Nishtar with the other two WHO DG nominees at Science Po I. Paris, February 2017

Prince Mahidhol Award Conference

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February 3, 2017: In her capacity as one of the three nominees for Director-General of the World Health Organization, Sania Nishtar joined the two other nominees for a dinner discussion at the opening dinner of the Prince Mahidhol Award Conference in Bangkok on February 3, 2017.

Prince Mahidhol Award Conference, Opening Dinner Panel, 2017

Nominated for WHO DG

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January 25, 2017: Dr. Sania Nishtar is one of the three candidates who have been nominated for Director-General of the World Health Organization by the Executive Board of the organization.

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Winds of Change at WHO

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January 25, 2017: Just published: blog by Juan Carlos Negrette,  Director, Global Health at the University of Utah about the WHO DG election http://healthsciences.utah.edu/globalhealth/news/2017/01/winds-of-change-at-who.php

Reception in Geneva

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January 22, 2017: Minister of Health of Pakistan, Saira Afzal Tarar, and Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Tehmina Janjua hosted a reception at Pakistan house in honor of the Ministers and WHO Executive Board Members attending the WHO Executive Board meeting, a day ahead of the WHO DG Election. Dr. Sania Nishtar, Pakistan’s Candidate spoke at the event about her vision for a new WHO.

Reception at Pakistan house in Geneva, January 2017

Sania Nishtar at Davos

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January 19, 2017: Dr. Sania Nishtar moderated the session on the Future of Health and Healthcare at the 2017 Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. The first morning session on the first day of the meeting kicked off an exciting series of discussions on the future of health and healthcare at Davos. During the meeting, she also participated in a number of other events.

2017 Annual meeting in Davos, Panel on Future of Health and Healthcare

World Innovation Summit for Health 2016, Doha, Qatar

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November 30, 2016: The 2016 World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) was held in Doha from November 29 to 30, 2016. The invitation only event was attended by experts from all around the world. The conference is now recognised as a major international event in global health. Dr. Sania Nishtar participated in the conference as a panellist in the plenary session “Global Diffusion of Healthcare Innovation”. The Panel was moderated by Mishal Husain. H.E. Minister of Health of Oman, Dr Ahmed Mohammed Obaid Al Saidi, was also one of the panelists.

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Shanghai Global Conference on health promotion

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November 25, 2016: The 9th Global Conference on health promotion was held in Shanghai from November 21-24.  Dr. Sania Nishtar, was part of the Pakistan delegation to this invitation-only meeting. Along with the Minister of Health of Pakistan, H.E. Saira Afzal Tarar, Dr. Nishtar held several meetings on the margins of the conference to create awareness about her candidature for Director-General of the World Health Organization.

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World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Future Councils

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November 14, 2016: The World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Future Councils—the world’s foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking on the future—met in Dubai on November 13-14, 2016. This initiative comprises 35 Councils, which focus on challenges that are global in nature. The Future of Health and Healthcare is one of the Future Councils and is co-chaired by Dr. Sania Nishtar, along with Dr. Andre Goy, a celebrated US based oncologist. Both the co-chairs convened a meeting of their council in Madinat Jumeriah conference centre over the two days and chalked a plan for the way forward.

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Chatham House Candidates’ event, London

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November 3, 2016: The Chatham House in London, held a Forum on November 3, 2016 where candidates for Director-General of the World Health Organization had the opportunity to respond to non-governmental stakeholders, medical professionals, academics, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. Framed as “Question Time: Electing the Next Director-General of the World Health Organization”, the event was moderated by Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet and was co-chaired by David Heymann, Head and Senior Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House and Suerie Moon, Director of Research, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of Geneva. The event can be accessed here: https://www.chathamhouse.org/event/question-time-electing-next-director-general-world-health-organization#sthash.zVw9LaT2.dpuf

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Sania Nishtar at the United Nations Guild event in Geneva

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November 1, 2016: Sania Nishtar was the keynote speaker at the United Nations Women’s guild morning event at the Palais de Nations in Geneva held on November 1, 2016. The event was hosted by Ambassador Tehmina Janjua, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative in Geneva. Dr. Nishtar spoke about the role of women in Pakistan and the importance of women’s empowerment more broadly.

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WHO Director-General election: Candidates’ Forum

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November 2, 2016: As part of the process to elect a new Director-General, WHO in Geneva at its headquarters held a Candidates Forum where candidates for Director-General were interviewed and presented their visions. Dr. Sania Nishtar participated in the forum as one of the six candidates. Footage from the event can be accessed here:

http://www.who.int/dg/election/candidates-forum/en/

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Gulf Cooperation Council Health Ministers meeting in Riyadh

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On October 13, 2016, Dr. Sania Nishtar attended the 80thGulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Health Ministers meeting in Riyadh to present her candidature for Director-General of the World Health Organization. She also discussed matters of global health with six ministers of health from the GCC region.

WHO WPRO Regional Committee meeting, Manila, Philippines

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October 13, 2016: Pakistan Embassy in Manila hosted a breakfast event on the occasion of the WHO Western-Pacific Region (WPRO), Regional Committee meeting on October 12, 2016 to promote the candidature of Dr. Sania Nishtar for WHO Director-General. The event was well attended by a large number of ministers from the WPRO region and especially from the pacific region. Dr. Sania also attended the WPRO Regional Committee meeting and held bilateral meetings with a number of ministers and visiting delegations.

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WHO EMRO Regional Committee meeting, Cairo, Egypt

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October 6, 2016: Pakistan’s Minister of Health H.E. Saira Afzal Tarar hosted a reception on the occasion of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO) Regional Committee meeting in Cairo on October 4, 2016, aimed at promoting the candidature of Dr. Sania Nishtar for WHO Director-General. Dr Sania also attended the EMRO Regional Committee meeting and held bilateral meetings with a number of ministers and visiting delegations.

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WHO PAHO Regional Committee meeting, Washington

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September 28, 2016: Dr. Sania Nishtar attended theWHO PAHO Regional Committee meeting fromSeptember 24-28 in Washington to create awareness about her candidacy for WHO Director-General. She also met a number of ministers of health from the WHO Americas region and members of visiting delegations from countries and apprised them about her candidacy. On the margins of the meeting, the Pakistan Embassy in Washington hosted a lunch event where Dr Sania Nishtar presentedher vision for WHO and the 10 Pledges for Action. The event was very well attended by minsters and senior leaders.

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WHO EURO Regional Committee meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark

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September 15, 2016: The Pakistan Embassy in Copenhagen hosted a breakfast event on the margins of theWHO European Region (EURO), Regional Committee meeting in Copenhagen on September 13, 2016 where Dr Sania Nishtarunveiled“A New Vision for WHO” and the associated 10 Pledges for Action. The event was well attended by ministers of health and members of the delegations attending the WHO EURO meeting. Dr Sania also met a number of ministers of health and members of the visiting delegations from European countries and apprised them about her candidacy.

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WHO SEARO Regional Committee meeting, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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September 10, 2016: In her capacity as candidate for Director-General, World Health Organization, Dr. Sania Nishtar participated in the WHO South-East Asian Region (SEARO) Regional Committee meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka from September 5-8, 2016. During the meeting, she had the opportunity to present her candidacy to Ministers of Health from the WHO SEARO region and other delegates attending the meeting.

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WHO AFRO Regional Committee meeting, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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August 28, 2016: In her capacity as candidate for Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Sania Nishtar participated in the WHO African Region Regional Committee (AFRO) meeting from August 19-23, 2016. During the meeting, she had the opportunity to present her candidacy to ministers of health from the WHOAfrican region and other delegates attending the meeting.

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World Economic Forum’s GAC on Mental Health

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World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Mental Health (2014-2016) has recently released a guide for Workplace Mental Health; the guide can be accessed here. Sania Nishtar served as Vice chair of the Council and promotes these seven actions towards a mentally healthy organization.

 

Disseminating research findings: Heartfile and IDRC

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June 2, 2016: Heartfile hosted an event in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Canada) to disseminate preliminary findings of the evaluation of Heartfile Health Financing. The eventwas attended by a wide range of audience from academia, government of Pakistan, developing partners, health sector and civil society. Dr. Sania Nishtar, President Heartfilechaired. Mr. Werner Leipach, Country Director Asian Developing Bank highlighted issues around financial risk protection and innovative health financing initiatives being imperative in progressing towards Universal Health Coverage.

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World Congress of Cardiology in Mexico

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June 4, 2016: The Global Summit on Cardiovascular Health was recently held at the World Congress of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Health (WCC 2016) on June 4, 2016. Dr. Sania Nishtar was one of the featured speakers at the event and her talk, relayed through the video, can be accessed here6

Second meeting of the IAP in Geneva

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May 27, 2016: The Independent Accountability Panel appointed by the UN Secretary-General, chaired by Dr. Sania Nishtar met on May 27th in Geneva for their second meeting to deliberate on its first report. The meeting was attended by all the IAP members. The IAP is tasked to produce an annual comprehensive synthesis report on the state of the health of women, children and adolescents. The IAP is to provide the global community with the best available evidence on progress towards achieving the objectives of the Global Strategy and the relevant Sustainable Development Goals, and to make recommendations on overcoming barriers to progress.

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ECHO side event during the World Health Assembly

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May 26, 2016: On the occasion of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, the World Health Organization hosted a side event at the Palais de Nations on Ending Childhood Obesity. Titled, “Securing the Future of our Children”, the session was organized by the Permanent Missions of Ghana, Malaysia and Mexico and was co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of New Zealand and Zambia. Co-chairs of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, Dr. Sania Nishtar and Sir Peter Gluckman gave the introductory presentations. The event was chaired by Professor Fiona Bull. In addition to the Co-Chairs, speakers at the event included the Minister of health of Malaysia, and the Vice Minister of Health of Mexico.

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Announcement of Dr. Sania Nishtar’s candidacy in Geneva

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May 25, 2016: On May 25th, the Minister of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar and Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Tehmina Janjua, hosted a reception at the Palais de Nations to formally announce the candidacy of Dr. Sania Nishtar for the post of Director General, World Health Organization at the occasion of the World Health Assembly.

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Dr. Sania Nishtar at Women Deliver

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May 17, 2016: In her capacity as Chair of the Independent Accountability Panel, Dr. Sania Nishtar participated virtually in a ‘hearing style session’ at the Women Deliver conference, which was held in Copenhagen,to elicit views and recommendations from the audience on the work of the panel.Her message was read out by Carmen Barosa, also a member of the IAP.This hearing style session was aimed at sharing information on the work of the Independent Accountability Panel.

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Candidacy for WHO DG: Announcement in Pakistan

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May 10, 2016: The Advisor to the Prime Minster on Foreign Affairs, H.E. Sartaj Aziz and the Minister of Health, H.E. Saira Afzal Tarar, co-hosted a reception on May 10, 2016 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan to formally announce the candidacy of Dr. Sania Nishtar for the post of Director General, World Health Organization. The event was well attended by a large number of Ambassadors from all over the world serving in Pakistan.

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Industry Encouraged to Participate in Sustainable Value Creation

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April 27, 2016: Food Industry Asia hosted its 6th Annual General Meeting on 27 Apr 2016, in Singapore. Dr Sania Nishtar was a key note speaker on this occasion. Her talk relayed through video conference can be accessed here.

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The first IAP meeting

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March 1, 2016: Only three weeks after being appointed, Sania Nishtar convened the first face-to-face meeting of the Independent Accountability Panel in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 1st and 2nd of March.

The overarching objective of the IAP is to provide an independent and transparent review of progress on the implementation of the 2016-30 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health (the Strategy) and to identify and advocate the necessary actions to ensure achievement of the Strategy’s goals. The IAP is a key institution in the Strategy’s Unified Accountability Framework (UAF). details about IAP will be posted on their website soon

Sania Nisthar Chair of the IAP with five other members of the panel in Johannesburg

Sania Nishtar’s video message at the CSW side event on nutrition

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March 21, 2016: At the 60th Annual Commission on the Status of Women, WHO, FAO and UNICEF hosted a side event to highlight why good nutrition for all, and women in particular, is essential to achieve the SDGs. By showcasing specific examples of effective nutrition interventions, the event demonstrated how societies can become healthier, smarter, more sustainable and more equal by investing in women’s nutrition. Speakers at the event included H.E. Mrs. Esther Lungu, First Lady of Zambia; permanent representatives of the mission of Brazil and Senegal in New York and officials from WHO, FAO and UNICEF. Dr. Sania Nishtar’s video message was relayed at the event which focused on “Investing in women’s nutrition for healthy, smart and more sustainable societies”.

Sania Nishtar speaking about nutrition at the CSW event in New York 2016

Dr Sania Nishtar to chair a UN international accountability panel

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February 16, 2016: We are pleased to announce that our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar has been selected to chair the UN Secretary-General’s  Independent Accountability Panel (IAP), which is part of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, launched in September last year to help further the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda. The strategy builds on 15 years of progress under the Millennium Development Goals and is the most influential global movement today, on women, children and adolescents’ health. Since the new framework of the SDGs now demands results and real action, “accountability” is the pulse of the any new SDGs’ linked initiative. It is here that the Independent Accountability Panel assumes great importance as it is mandated and “empowered to command attention from the global community” and to “to monitor, review and act” in the interest of women, children and adolescents’ health, globally. Other members of the IAP include Alicia Eli Yamin (Harvard University, USA) Jaime Sepulveda (Mexico), Carmen Barroso (Brazil), Pali Lehohla (South Africa), Elizabeth Mason (UK), Vinod K. Paul (India), Giorgi Pkhakadze (Ukraine), and Dakshitha Wickremarathne (Sri Lanka).

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The WHO ECHO Commission Report Launch

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Co-Chairs of the World Health Organization Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, Sir Peter Gluckman, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and our President Dr. Sania Nishtar have presented the Commission’s final report to the Director General of the World Health Organization on January 25 in Geneva. Together the two of them led a two-year process, which involved face-to-face meetings with more than a hundred countries in six continents, two online consultations, hearings with non-state actors and four meetings of the Commission itself to provide a report, details of which were featured by Time, Newsweek, the Guardian and many other international news avenues in late January. The consensus on the difficult and multi-dimensional issue of childhood obesity achieved through this report and the consultative process that preceded it, now paves the way for global action to address the alarming levels of childhood obesity and overweight globally. The report can be accessed here

The WHO ECHO Commission Report Launch

The Emerging Markets Symposium at Oxford University

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Every year, for the last seven years, the Green Templeton College in Oxford hosts the Emerging Markets Symposium to promote solutions to high priority problems of human welfare in emerging market countries. The symposium “brings together authoritative and influential leaders from governments, the public and private sectors and academe to address critical sectoral issues”. Previous Symposia have focused on Health and Healthcare (2009); Urbanisation, Health and Human Security (2011), Tertiary Education (2012) Gender Inequality (2013), Maternal and Child Health (2014) and Ageing (2015). The 2016 symposium held from Jan 7 to 10 focused on the Future of Young People in the Emerging Markets. Our president, Sania Nishtar attended the symposium, both in her capacity as member of the Steering Committee of the initiative as well as a participant.

The Emerging Markets Symposium at Oxford University

The Emerging Markets Symposium at Oxford University

Partnership Building for NCDs at World Health Organization

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December 9, 2015: The World Health Organization Dialogue on Strengthening International Cooperation for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Control was held in Geneva on November 30, and December 1, 2015. Our President Sania Nishtar was one of the keynote speakers at the event and spoke about the imperative of linking demand for resources (financial technical and human resources) to available supply in order to support national responses to Non-Communicable diseases, prevention and control. Further details about the meeting can be accessed here

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Our President Sania Nishtar, as one of the keynote speakers at the The World Health Organization Dialogue on Strengthening International Cooperation for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Control held in Geneva.

The Fourth ECHO Commission Meeting

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December 8, 2015: The fourth and final meeting of the World Health Organization’s Ending Childhood Obesity Commission was held in Geneva on November 30, to December 1, 2015. Our President attended the two-day meeting in her capacity as co-chair of the commission. Further details about the commission can be accessed here.

Our President, Sania Nishtar in Geneva at the fourth and final meeting of the World Health Organization’s Ending Childhood Obesity Commission

The Fourth Climate and Health Summit 2015

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December 7, 2015: The fourth Climate and Health Summit was held on December 5, 2015, on the middle weekend of the 21st Conference of Parties negotiations in Paris. Focused on best practice sharing and emphasizing the need for investment in communities and health systems, the meeting concluded with a set of declarations.

Our President Sania Nishtar was a speaker at the concluding session of the conference and spoke about the role of public policy in shaping the post 2015 landscape.


Our President Sania Nishtar was a speaker at the concluding session of the fourth Climate and Health Summit.

Keynote at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit

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November 25, 2015: The World Cancer Leaders’ Summit, an annual high level convening hosted by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) was held in Istanbul on November 18, 2015. The meeting “provides an important forum to secure a coordinated, multileveled global response to address the spiraling cancer epidemic”. UICC is a Geneva based apex body with a membership of 900 organizations across 155 countries.

Since the summit was held immediately after the UN’s pronouncement of the Sustainable Development Goals with their focus on partnerships as a key lever of delivery, its theme centered on international collaboration.

Our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar was the keynote speaker alongside the Minister of Health of Turkey at the event. Her talk focused on conflict of interest management, which she explained in an interview “is the bedrock on which partnerships need to be framed”. Her detailed views on the subject can be accessed here: http://goo.gl/NzEbQM


Dr. Sania as the keynote speaker at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit

Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity: the European Regional Consultation

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October 29, 2015: The Ending Childhood Obesity Commission recently held its European regional consultation in Malta on October 29 and 30. The meeting was organized by the World Health Organization EURO regional office and the Government of Malta and was attended by countries from the region. This consultation is the last in a series of regional consultations, the Commission is holding globally to seek regional perspectives on the issue. The meeting was chaired by our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar, who co-chairs the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity along with Sir Peter Gluckman, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Sania Nishtar Co-Chair of the ECHO Commission in Malta at the EURO Regional Consultation

World Economic Forum meeting in Dalian

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October 6, 2015: Our President, Sania Nishtar recently moderated two events at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian. Panelists at the session on The Future of Healthcare included Minister Subramaniam of Malaysia, Daljit Singh of Fortis Healthcare in India, Prof. Thomas Insel from the National Institute of Mental Health, USA and Ron Gutman from Healthtap. Dr.Sania Nishtar was also the facilitator at another session on “Gender parity”. Both these sessions are part of the World Economic Forum’s global transformation and challenge stream of work.

Dr. Sania Nishtar was also the facilitator at another session on “Gender parity”. Both these sessions are part of the World Economic Forum’s global transformation and challenge stream of work. Her views as a moderator can be accessed here: http://www.heartfile.org/blog/4199

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Our President Sania Nishtar recently moderated two events at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian

Global premier of the documentary ‘Choked Pipes’

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September 29, 2015: The global premier of the documentary based on Sania Nishtar’s book, “Choked Pipes” and her work subsequent to that in Pakistan, was held in New York on September 22 as a side session of the United Nations’ 70th General Assembly. The event was hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation and was oversubscribed. The screening of the documentary was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Michael Myers, Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation. Panelists included Prof. Linda Fried, Dean of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; Nata Manabde, Executive Director of the WHO office at the UN headquarters in New York; Director of the film, Randall Wright and Sania Nishtar. The documentary highlights an alternative third health systems model, which along with the existing Beveridge and Bismarck systems can help achieve Universal Health Coverage in Mixed Health Systems. Prof. Fried referred to the model as a ‘stealth reform’ in terms of its ability, both to provide universal health coverage as well as overcome existing distortions of mixed health systems. Complete Documentary video link

CP_NY_2015 The global premier of the documentary based on Sania Nishtar’s book, “Choked Pipes” and her work subsequent to that in Pakistan, was held in New York on September 22 as a side session of the United Nations’ 70th General Assembly

Dr Sania Nishtar resumes her role at Heartfile

Pandemic Financing Stakeholders Meeting

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September 28, 2015: The World Bank hosted the Pandemic Financing Stakeholders Meeting in Washington on September 21 and 22, 2015. The meeting was convened “to examine options for strengthening global financing for pandemics to help countries and global partners respond more effectively to disease outbreaks”. The meeting considered a range of existing and new instruments for financing pandemic response and its discussions are meant to feed into the UNSG’s High-Level Panel and other ongoing reviews of the global pandemic financing and response. Our President, Dr Sania Nishtar gave the opening speech on the “Current State of Global Financing for Pandemic Response – Overview and Gaps” at the event.

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Dr Sania Nishtar gave the opening speech on the “Current State of Global Financing for Pandemic Response – Overview and Gaps” at the Pandemic Financing Stakeholders Meeting in Washington hosted by The World Bank on September 21 and 22, 2015.

 

Choked Pipes documentary: sneak preview

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September 18, 2015: A sneak preview of the documentary based on our President, Sania Nishtar’s Oxford University Press-published book Choked Pipes, was held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on September 11, 2015. The ‘sneak preview’ was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Andrew Jack from Financial Times. The panel included Prof. Sir Andy Haines, Prof. Martin McKee of European Public Health London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Joseph Kutzin, Co-ordinator of Health Systems Financing, and our President Dr.Sania Nishtar of Heartfile. As described by Rockhopper TV, the creators of the documentary, “In this landmark documentary, Dr Sania Nishtar—one of the leaders of a new movement in Global Health proposing the reform of entire health systems—leads award-winning director Randall Wright on a journey through the health system of her native Pakistan, where 73% of the population have no financial health coverage”. The documentary has been made by Rockhopper TV, who have been involved in making award-winning broadcast documentaries, for TV channels as diverse as the BBC, PBS, Showtime, ITV, Discovery, National Geographic and national broadcasters around the world.Click here to view the Trailer

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A sneak preview of the documentary based on our President, Sania Nishtar’s Oxford University Press-published book Choked Pipes

ECHO regional consultation in Mexico

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August 28, 2015: The Ending Childhood Obesity Commission recently held its PAHO regional consultation in Mexico on August 26 and 27.  The meeting was organized by the World Health Organization PAHO regional office and was attended by countries from the region. This consultation is the third in a series of regional consultations, the Commission is holding globally to seek regional perspectives on the issue. The meeting was chaired by our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar, who co-chairs the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity.

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Planetary Health Commission Report launched in Islamabad

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July 31, 2015: The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health released its seminal report on June 16 in New York. The report, Safeguarding Human Health in the Anthropocene Epoch, provides the “first ever comprehensive examination of evidence showing how the health and well-being of future generations is being jeopardised by the unprecedented degradation of the planet’s natural resources and ecological systems”. It calls for “immediate global action to protect the health of human civilization and the natural systems on which it depends”. Subsequent to the global launch, other launches were held in Los Angeles and South Africa while still others are planned in Chile, China, Kenya, Australia, Abu Dhabi and Malaysia, each hosted by a respective commissioner. The Pakistan launch was held in Islamabad on July 24 and was hosted by Dr. Sania Nishtar, one of the 15 commissioners on the Planetary Health Commission. Details about the launch can be accessed here.

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Planetary Health Commission Report

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July 17, 2015: The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health, launched its report Safeguarding Human Health in the Anthropocene Epoch, in New York on July 16, 2015. The Report provides the first ever comprehensive examination of evidence showing how the health and well-being of future generations is being jeopardised by the unprecedented degradation of the planet’s natural resources and ecological systems. It calls for immediate, global action to protect the health of human civilization and the natural systems on which it depends. The report was written by a Commission of 15 leading academics and policymakers and was chaired by Sir Andy Haines. Our President, Sania Nishtar was one of the 15 Commissioners. The Report will also be launched in Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Islamabad, Kuala Lumpur, Nairobi, Melbourne, Beijing, Santiago and London. The Islamabad launch is planned for July 24.

ECHO – EMRO Regional Consultation

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July 07, 2015: The Ending Childhood Obesity Commission recently held its regional consultation in Cairo on July 2.  The meeting was organised by the World Health Organisation Eastern Mediterranean region office and was attended by countries from the region. This consultation is the second in a series of regional consultations, the Commission is holding globally to seek regional perspectives on the issue. The meeting was chaired by our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar, who co-chairs the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity.

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WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

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June 25, 2015: The third meeting of WHO’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity was held in Hong Kong on June 22 and 23rd. Our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar co-chaired the commission meeting along with co-chair Sir Peter Gluckman, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

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To Save Humanity: What matters most for healthy future

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June 9, 2015: Edited by Julio Frenk and Steven Hoffman, “To Save Humanity: What matters most for healthy future” is a compilation of thought-provoking essays authored by global leaders in health. The book includes 100 short essays on today’s most pressing topics. Contributors include luminaries, former presidents, and celebrated dignitaries from all sectors of society, including Margaret Chan, Bill Clinton, Jim Yong Kim, Michael Bloomberg and several others including our president, Dr. Sania Nishtar. Together, they urge the case for humanity and focus attention on the issues that will impact global health and development the most. Our President’s chapter in the book is on “Fusion Fund for Health” making a strong call for the need to protect people from catastrophic expenditures on healthcare. The book , preview here, is an important input into the post-2015 global agenda.

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Women Leader’s summit 

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May 23, 2015: “I am a staunch believer of the importance of effectively functioning institutions and good governance and have a habit of circling every issue back to that point…Many of us are convinced that the problems of inequality in relation to women’s participation in economic life are rooted in our patriarchal culture and feudal norms, and I do not disagree with that. But I do want to emphasize that in the worksite setting, there are systematic barriers to the participation and growth of women in the workforce…and that institutional enablers can play a very significantly role in making women’s talents mainstream”. This is an excerpt from our president Sania Nishtar’s keynote speech at a recent Women’s Leadership Summit. The full text of her speech can be accessed here.

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Collective disease security

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May 09, 2015: “The Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa was unprecedented in both its scale and impact”. This is the opening statement of a recent article in The Lancet authored by many global health leaders, including David L Heymann, Lincoln Chen, Keizo Takemi, Thomas R Frieden, our president, Sania Nishtar and others. Titled “Global health security: the wider lessons from the west African Ebola virus disease epidemic” the paper, which calls for stronger health systems, can be accessed here.

Seminar on UHC at ADB’s Annual meeting in Baku

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May 05, 2015: The Seminar series alongside the Asian Development Bank Board meeting in Baku featured a session on Universal Health Coverage:  “Revealing the financial solutions for UHC”. The seminar aimed to explore ways in which developing countries in Asia and the Pacific could achieve financially sustainable universal health coverage. Participants discussed new tools for increasing financing for health services and ways in which a finance ministry could navigate the political minefield associated with raising and allocating taxes. The Heartfile health financing model was discussed as one of the options for overcoming the financial access barrier for the poor in the realm of UHC. A The Seminar was moderated by Stephen P Groff, Asian Development Bank Vice president for Operations. Panelists included Kiyoshi Modera, Vice President, Japan International Cooperation Agency; George Gotsadze, Director, Curatio International Foundation, Georgia; Rajiv Mehrishi, Secretary Finance, India; and Sania Nishtar, President Heartfile, Pakistan.

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Global Philanthropy Forum

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April 24, 2015: The Global Philanthropy Forum was held in Washington from April 21-23. Hosted by Jane Wales, the Forum focused on “Disruptors and Decision makers” this year. With a focus on business, philanthropy and government, the forum brought together leaders from all three constituencies to deliberate on solutions to daunting problems at the intersection of public, private and social sector work. Challenges as a result of “broken, and malign, systems” were at the core of the discussion. the session on Non-Communicable diseases centred on innovative approaches to diagnosis and treatment. Sania Nishtar and Rajesh Punjabi from Liberia were the two session experts, who led the discussion in a problem-solving format.

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WHO GCM dialogue on NCDs

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April 23, 2015: The World Health Organisation hosted the meeting of the Global Coordinating Mechanism on NCDs from April 20-21 in Geneva. The dialogue focused on ways “to encourage the inclusion of the Non-Communicable diseases in development cooperation agendas and initiatives, internationally agreed development goals, economic development polices, sustainable development frameworks and poverty reduction strategies”. Dr. Sania Nishtar was the opening Keynote Speaker at the event and talked about the “Global Burden of NCDs—realising the commitments to include NCDs in development cooperation agendas and initiatives”.

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18th Amendment article

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April 12, 2015: Five years on, learning from the implementation of the 18th amendment are still needed to guide the reform process. Our recent opinion can be accessed here.

The 2015 Harvard Pakistan Forum

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March 30, 2015: The Harvard Pakistan forum was held in Boston on March 28 and 29. The title of the meeting “rediscovering a nation” and the guiding principles of “Unity, faith and discipline” were inspirational. Our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar was one of the three keynote speakers, alongside Ishrat Hussain and Hussain Dawood. Her talk focused on Health and Governance.

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The Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

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March 27, 2015: The World Health Organization’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity has commenced its regional consultations and hearings. The first in the series, the Western Pacific Region Consultation was held in Manila on March 24. Our President, Sania Nishtar, Co-chair of the Commission led the consultation. The commission has recently opened its Interim report for an online consultation. An accompanying Commentary in The Lancet authored by co-chairs, Sir Peter Gluckman and Sania Nishtar along with Timothy Armstrong from the WHO Secretariat highlights the global burden of childhood obesity and underscores the need for effective strategies to tackle childhood and adolescent obesity in different contexts around the world.

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Heartfile Retreat 2015

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February 4, 2015: Heartfile’s annual retreat took place on 3rd February at Monal, Islamabad. The annual organizational plan for 2015 was discussed, followed by an award ceremony where our President Dr. Sania Nishtar distributed shields and cash prizes to high performers of 2014. The organization staff later went on an excursion on hiking trails of the Margalla hills.

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WHO Commission on ending Childhood Obesity

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January 19, 2015: The second meeting of the WHO Commission on ending Childhood Obesity was held in Geneva on Jan 13 and 14, 2015. Our President Dr. Sania Nishtar attended the meeting as Co-Chair of the Commission.

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Planetary Health Commission

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January 15, 2015: The Lancet-Rockefeller Planetary health Commission held a peer review meeting in New York on January 14-16. The Commission is mandated to analyze evidence of the impact of environmental changes on human health and to improve understanding of these challenges and potential policy responses. Our president Dr. Sania Nishtar, attended the peer view meeting in her capacity as a Commissioner of the Lancet-Rockefeller Planetary Health Commission.

Heartfile Health Financing support event in Karachi

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January 9, 2015: Karachi-based supporters of Heartfile Financing, Haamid Jaffer, Saeed Allawalla and Haroon Qasim held an event in Karachi on January 8, featuring a talk by our president Sania Nishtar about Heartfile Financing to mobilize support for the initiative. The link to the documentary shown at the event can be accessed here.

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Dr. Sania Nishtar at an international seminar in Mexico

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December 09, 2014: An International Seminar on Public Policies Against Childhood Obesity and Overweight was recently held in Mexico City. The event was hosted by the School of Public Administration of Mexico City (EAPDF) and the Regional Center for the Americas of the METROPOLIS International Training Institute (MITI). Our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar was the Keynote speaker at the event. Her talk was relayed through a video link and was simultaneously translated in Spanish. The video relay can be viewed  here.

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ICN2 in Rome

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November 21, 2014: Hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the Second International Conference on Nutrition,  an inclusive inter-governmental meeting on nutrition, was held in Rome from November 19-21. The two main outcome documents of the conference are the Rome Declaration on Nutrition: a political commitment document, and the Framework for Action: a technical guide for implementation. Ministers from 193 countries met in Rome for the first time in 22 years to look at ways to tackle malnutrition.

The meeting was held not only to evaluate the progress made following the first international conference in 1992 but mainly to formulate member countries’ political commitment to addressing malnutrition and other crucial issues related to food, agriculture and health care. Post-2015 and Non-communicable diseases (NCD) featured on discussions as well. Our President was invited as a special guest to speak about NCDs in the post 2015 development agenda in the Roundtable session. The text of her statement can be viewed here

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World Economic Forum in Dubai

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November 13, 2014: The Summit on the Global Agenda 2015 was held in Dubai from November 9-11. The event is the world’s largest brainstorming event, which annually convenes over 1000 thought leaders from around the world for the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils, which are comprised of more than 80 groups of experts from around the world. Experts explored the latest developments in business, society and technology, to provide a better understanding of the fundamental transformations impacting our world. They collaborated in interactive workshops to provide innovative recommendations on some of the most pressing global challenges. Our president, Dr Sania Nishtar attended the Summit as a member of one of the health councils. Her Oped in The News with reflections on the Summit with regard to Pakistan can be accessed here

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Nossal Institutes 10th Annual Global Health Forum

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October 22, 2014: The Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne’s 10th Annual Global Health Forum is underway today. The theme of the forum is “Health security and economic growth in Asia-Pacific – challenges for Australian aid?” The forum is being held at an opportune time since the Australian aid agency, AusAID has recently integrated with Australia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event featured a special video presentation by our President, Sania Nishtar, who spoke about four strategic areas that need consideration in discussions on foreign assistance in a context where priorities are likely to shift post-2015, when the MDGs come to term and a new era for development partnerships, dawns. The video presentation can be viewed here.

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Keynote at the Pakistan Innovation Conference

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October 17, 2014: Pakistan Innovation Foundation’s first National Conference on Innovation was held on Oct 16th, 2014 at Serena Hotel in Islamabad. Pakistan Innovation Forum was a by-invitation-only conference, which brought together leaders from the industry, business, academic, and government sectors, as well as innovators and entrepreneurs. The foundation has recently floated a number of innovation challenges and is recognized as a reputed innovation-focused civil society agency in the country. Our President, Sania Nishtar gave the keynote address at the conference and talked about the policy and institutional challenges of innovation, referring particularly to her insights as former Federal Minister of Science and Technology, the national stewardship agency responsible for S&T and innovation.

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Childhood Obesity Commission Hearings with non-state actors

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October 15, 2014: The World Health Organization’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity held its first set of  hearings with the private sector and non-governmental organizations in Geneva on October 13 and 14. of Our President Sania Nishtar the Commission co-chair attended the meetings on both days. The hearings are part of the ECHO commission process. Details can be accessed at the World Health Organization website.

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A toast to Universal Health Coverage

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September 29, 2014: Management Sciences for Health hosted a unique reception in honour of Universal health coverage on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly in New York last week. The reception was part of series of events, which were held throughout the week to advocate for the inclusion of UHC targets in the Sustainable Development Goals framework. A group of global health thinkers offered a “toast to UHC”, at the Riverpark on Wednesday, September 24.  Amongst the toasters were Ariel Pablos Mendez, Michael Myers, Laurie Garriett, Tim Evans, Jeff Sturchio, Minister of Health of Rwanda, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and our president Sania Nishtar. It was remarked that the “event was UNGA week’s most entertaining global health event.

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Global Access to Pain Control and Palliative Care

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September 26, 2014: The Harvard Global Equity Initiative-Lancet Commission on Global Access to Pain Control and Palliative Care (GAPPCP) held its first meeting in New York on September 23rd on the side-lines of the UN general assembly. Commissioners including Felicia Knaul, Julio Frenk, Richard Horton, Dean Jamison, Rifat Atun and our president, Sania Nishtar attended the first commission meeting. The Commission aim to identify opportunities for incorporating pain control and palliative care within health reforms to strengthen health systems and achieve effective universal health coverage and propose health systems strategies that harness national and global platforms.

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Universal Health Coverage: from the health worker lens

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September 25, 2014: This year’s opening meetings of the UN General Assembly marked a pivotal moment in global health, as formal negotiations began on the post-2015 development framework. Ensuring the place of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the post-2015 health agenda requires on-going advocacy from the many stakeholders. Within this context a high level event was hosted by Columbia University in New York on September 23rd. Invited speakers included Jim Campbell, Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Minister of Health of Zambia, Michael Myers, and our President Sania Nishtar. Experiences were shared from around the world about converge and entitlements in UHC from the health worker lens and the manner in which progress is being made in different parts of the world in expanding coverage through modifications in the outreach and mandate of health workers.

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Delivering on UHC: why the time is now

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September 24, 2014: The Rockefeller Foundation hosted a UN general assembly side session on Universal health coverage on September 22 in New York to reiterate the importance of investing in UHC. Recalling that 1 billion people have never received basic healthcare and that 150 million suffer from financial catastrophe in the process of paying for healthcare, the need for urgent action was reiterated. H.E. Fumio Kishida, H.E. Annick Girardin, H.E Phuangketow, Seth Berkley, Richard Horton, Ties Boerma, Tim Evans and our president Sania Nishtar spoke at the event.

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Dr. Sania Nishtar’s Keynote at the First National Conference on Social Franchising

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August 29, 2014: Pakistan played a pioneering role in Social Franchising back in the 1990s with the application of social franchising approaches in family planning. Therefore, the First National Conference on Social Franchising, which was hosted by Marie Stopes Society in Bhurban this week, had much to reflect on with regard to leveraging past experiences to scale up this model as a way of reaching out to Pakistan’s underserved population. Our President, Sania Nishtar was invited as keynote speaker to talk about the broader health systems and reform perspective of social franchising. Aptly, she termed population explosion a human security threat. The daily Express Tribune, highlighted her quote “Security agencies have to become the biggest stakeholders to resolve the problem of population explosion [in Pakistan]”. At the meeting she mooted the idea of a Declaration, which got shaped as the Bhurban Declaration.

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Youth ASK Leadership Conclave

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August 13, 2014: ‘The Youth Ask Leadership Conclave 2014,’ concluded on Sunday, August 10, 2014 in Islamabad. The conclave was organized by Rutgers WPF, Pakistan, under the programme ‘Access, Services and Knowledge,’ funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its purpose was to provide young people with a common platform through which they can acquire knowledge for community leadership. The event led to a Charter of Demand, which was shared with the media. Out president, Dr. Sania Nishtar gave the keynote speech at the opening of the event. More information about the event can be accessed here.

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Understanding why it was critical to establish Pakistan Ministry of Health

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August 12, 2014: “Sometimes, the rationale of a policy decision becomes apparent long after the actual decision itself. The imperatives created by the polio travel conditionality will help us understand why it was critical to reestablish Pakistan’s Ministry of Health”. This was the opening statement of an Op-ed, which recently appeared in the News International. The author, our President Sania Nishtar explains, using the Polio travel conditionally as an example, why she established Pakistan’s Ministry of Health during her tenure as Federal Minister in 2013. More details about the establishment of the ministry can be accessed on Page 49 in her enclosed Handover Papers.

The WHO ECHO Commission

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July 22, 2014: The WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, which was announced at the World Health Assembly earlier in May held its first meeting in Geneva on July 17-18, 2014. Our President Sania Nishtar, co-chairs the Commission with Sir Peter Gluckman, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand. The Commission has been requested by WHO to produce a consensus report specifying which approaches are likely to be most effective in different contexts around the world to overcome the global obesity epidemic, where numbers are climbing fastest in developing countries.

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The Future of Planetary Health

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July 21, 2014: At a jointly hosted meeting at the Bellagio Centre in Lombardy, Italy, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Lancet convened a select group of thought leaders “to identify critical strategies and innovative inventions, drawing energy from the recognition that the heath of planets, people, cities, ecosystems and businesses are intricately intervened”. The meeting focused on the critical intersection of human and planetary well-being. Our President, Sania Nishtar was one of the invited thought leaders.

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NCDs Alliance Event on NCDs and post-2015

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July 18, 2014: On July 11, the NCD Alliance, Government of Sweden and CARICOM hosted a panel discussion on the sidelines of the UN high level review on NCDs in New York at the UN Headquarters. The theme of the event was “delivering solutions, accountability and results” on July 11, 2014. The panel included Dr. Howard Koh, Dr Margaret Chan, Sir George Alleyne, Anders Nordstorm, and James Hospedalis. Our President, Sania Nishtar moderated the session.

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NCDs review at the UN Headquarters

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July 16, 2014: The President of the United Nations General Assembly John W Ashe, convened a high level meeting to review progress achieved in the prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases since the 2011 Political Declaration on NCDs. The frame of reference was post-2015 and the focus was on scaling up multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder response to NCDs. Our president, Sania Nishtar joined Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Sectary of State, US Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Lochen Naido, President UNODC and Mario Ottilgo of IFPMA for the roundtable on partnerships. Her comment on the Heartfile blog about the meeting can be viewed here. The webcast of the event can be accessed here.

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Ministerial Health Leaders Forum

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June 27, 2014: The Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School jointly organized the Ministerial Health Leaders Forum from June 1-5 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Forum is the flagship component of the Ministerial Leadership in Health Program, co-hosted by both the schools. 11 serving ministers of health from all over the world participated in the program as the 2014 leaders. Our president, Sania Nishtar was amongst the select group of experts who were invited to participate in the meeting as resource persons alongside the Harvard faculty.

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Pakistan’s Runaway Urbanization: What Can Be Done?

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June 5, 2014: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has developed a strong brand for publications on Pakistan. As part of their Asia Program and Comparative Urban Studies Project in collaboration with the Fellowship Fund for Pakistan, their latest publication, titled ‘Pakistan’s Runaway urbanization: What can be done?’ provides readers with insights into the challenges of Pakistan’s rapid urbanization and the policy imperatives which emerge in that context. Edited by Michael Kugleman, the Publication features an array of chapters by Pakistani experts, including a Chapter on Health authored by a group of Heartfile authors. The publication can be accessed here.

Dr. Sania Nishtar at the EAT Stockholm Forum

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May 27, 2014: The EAT Stockholm Forum was held on 26-27 of May, 2014 with opening remarks by HRH Prince Charles and Keynote address by President Bill Clinton. First in its series of conventions, the EAT Forum presented lectures, talks and inter-disciplinary panel discussions where global leaders of science, politics and business shared and discussed challenges and opportunities in linking food, health and sustainability. In a panel, “Who are the new change makers”, moderated by Anthony Costello, our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar was joined by Sunita Narain, Helena Helmersson, Vandana Shiva and Dr. Corinna Hawkes to lead the discussions.

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Harvard Health Leaders’ Ministerial Roundtable

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May 26, 2014: Last week our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar participated in the Harvard Health Leaders’ Ministerial Roundtable, which was held in Geneva on May 18. The Forum convened the 2012 and 2013 alumni of the Ministerial Leadership in Health Program and hosted a facilitated discussion on the achievements and challenges of ministerial leadership in implementing health policy priorities. Sania Nishtar gave the keynote remarks after a presentation by Harvard Professor Bill Hsiao on the comparative international experiences in the implementation of Universal Health Coverage.

Sania Nishtar to co-chair a WHO commission

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May 20, 2014: It is with great pleasure that we refer to World Health Organization’s announcement, yesterday at the World Health Assembly in Geneva about the establishment of a new high-level Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. Our President, Dr Sania Nishtar, has been appointed to co-Chair the new Commission along with Sir Peter Gluckman, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand. Among the Commissioners are global experts and distinguished opinion leaders. The Commission and its working groups will meet several times over the year and is expected to produce a report in early 2015 outlining a plan of action and accountability to address global childhood obesity. WHO’ press release on the subject can be accessed here. For further details are posted on the WHO commission website.

Editorial in the Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal

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March 14, 2014: The Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal is the flagship health periodical of the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean region. In its February 2014 issue, our president, Dr. Sania Nishtar authored the editorial, titled, Health in the post-2015 agenda: three considerations in moving forward,accessible here.

The Maternal Thread of Life

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March 12, 2014: Project Syndicate has posted today, our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar’s Viewpoint, related to the key message of the Emerging Market’s Symposium, which was held in Oxford, UK earlier in January this year. The 2014 Symposium focused on maternal and child health and nutrition. Your comments and views are welcome through the Heartfile eForum, where it has been cross posted.

Governance: going granular

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February 14, 2014: Discussions on the empirics of governance and corruption are limited in conveying the real impact of poor governance at the granular level—a level, which can indicate the quantum of human suffering as a result of poor governance and corruption. The health sector is deeply impacted as a result of entrenched corruption. This week we post a true story of a family afflicted by corruption on our eForum Blog with a view to raising awareness about four key entry points to anti-corruption reform in Pakistan. These have been cross posted in The News International and the Huffington Post.

2014 World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos

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January 27, 2014: Each year, world leaders and academics from across the globe congregate in Davos at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting to deliberate on global issues. This year, the forum was themed, “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business”. Our President Sania Nishtar was also amongst the participants. In particular she was amongst the 60 global leaders who were invited to attend the “Health and Economic Growth Summit ”, also attended by Prime Minister of Norway, and the President of Estonia, President of Finland and Ministers of health and finance from many countries. Sania Nishtar was also a discussion leader along with Omar Ishrak, CEO of Medtronic on the session on “Health Systems Leapfrogging in the Emerging Economies ”.

2014 World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos

2014 World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos

Sudan’s International Conference: Roadmap to Universal Health Coverage

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January 27, 2014: The Government of Sudan is adopting different modalities for providing health coverage for its citizens. Within this context, the World Health Organization, Sudan Office, National Health Insurance Fund, the European Union and their partners this year co-hosted the International Conference on Roadmap to Universal Health Coverage from 25-26 January, 2014 in Sudan. Our president, Dr. Sania Nishtar connected via a videolink to talk about innovations in financing critical to achieving universal health coverage in mixed health systems. The title of her talk was  “Beyond Bismarck and Beveridge: financial innovations to achieve UHC”.

The Emerging Markets Symposium at Oxford University

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January 21, 2014: The annual Emerging Markets Symposium, a distinctive tradition of the Green Templeton College of the Oxford University, themed on Maternal and Child health and Nutrition this year, was held from January 9-12 at Egrove Park, Oxford UK. Each year, the Symposium brings together authoritative and influential leaders in public and private sectors from all around the world to reflect on different issues in the Emerging Markets. This intensive three-day meeting concluded with actionable recommendations in the penultimate session of the symposium, “What Should be Done”. This session was chaired by our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar along with Suman Bery, Tsung-Mei Cheng, and Serra Kirdar-Meliti. Dr. Sania Nishtar was also a plenary speaker with Dr. Rifat Atun, Peter Bourne and Uwe Reinhardt, chaired by David levy.

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Dr Sania Nishtar listed in the top twenty Most Influential Women in Science in the Islamic World

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January 20, 2014: The Muslim-Science.Com is an online journal, dedicated to “the revival of scientific, and science-based innovation and entrepreneurial culture in the Islamic World”. In 2014, it has launched its first list of ‘Top-20 Most Influential Women in Science in the Islamic World’ which encompasses 20 women from all over the world for their outstanding achievements as Pioneers, Shapers and Emerging Champions. In recognition of Dr. Sania Nishtar’s policy advocacy contributions to the development of science and innovation of the Islamic World, she has been listed as the Shaper amongst the top 20. More details can be viewed here.

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Governance in Pakistan, 2014

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January 10, 2014: With the new year, come new hopes and new challenges for governance of the country. One way to ensure excellence in leadership performance is through transparency and accountability in decision-making. Our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar urges on this singular prerequisite through her recent article simultaneously published in The News International and in Huffington Post. Your comments and views are welcome through Heartfile eForum.

International Anti-corruption Day

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December 10, 2013: On the occasion of its third annual Anticorruption Day Celebrations, the Asian Development Bank Governance and Public Management Community of Practice planned week-long events to raise awareness about the importance of integrity and anti-corruption amongst staff and stakeholders. The  events culminated with the main event on December 9 at the ADB headquarter in Manila, Philippines. The event was focused on ADB’s internal anticorruption campaign, “iACT: I fight corruption”. Our President, Dr Sania Nishtar was invited as the keynote speaker along with President of the Asian Development Bank, Takehiko Nakao and Philippine Congresswoman Leni Robredo. The text of her speech can be viewed here.

Sania Nishtar in Manila making the key note speech at global anti corruption day with President ADB

International Anti-corruption Day

Regional Meeting on accelerating progress towards Universal Health Coverage

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December 10, 2013: A regional meeting on “Accelerating progress towards universal health coverage: global experiences and lessons for the Eastern Mediterranean Region” was hosted by the WHO Regional Office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 5 to 7 December 2013. The Conference aimed to share international experiences with regional policy- and decision-makers to assist them in devising a clear vision for health system reform to achieve the goal of Universal Health Coverage. At the occasion, our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar gave a plenary talk on “Innovations in health financing for Universal Health Coverage”.

Global Agenda Council Summit

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November 28, 2013: The Summit on the Global Agenda is the world’s largest brainstorming event, which annually convenes over 900 thought leaders from globally recognized expert communities for the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils. This year, council members, including our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar met at the Global Agenda Summit in Abu Dhabi from November 18-20. The summit was hosted by the World Economic Forum in partnership with the Government of the United Arab Emirates. In recognition of the transformations that businesses, economies and societies are facing, members at this year’s Summit focused on ways of transforming new models into sustained processes in order to develop solutions for a greener and more socially inclusive world.

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Global Agenda Council Summit

Bulletin of the World Health Organization

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November 27, 2013: Launched in Recife, Brazil, this month, the Bulletin of the World Health Organization was a themed issue with a focus on Universal Health Coverage. The launch was held to mark WHO’s Third Global Forum on Human Resource for Health and thus the theme of the issue was human resources for universal health coverage. Featuring twenty-five articles, the Bulletin explores the efforts, work plans, successful engagements and challenges in involving the human resource towards achieving universal health coverage. Our president, Dr. Sania Nishtar was a lead author with Johanna Ralston, World Heart Federation on the Bulletin’s paper: Can human resources for health in the context of non-communicable disease control be a lever for health system changes?

GAVI Alliance holds its keynote Board meeting

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November 27, 2013 The GAVI Alliance held its Board meeting in Cambodia on November 21-22, 2013 to identify the new vaccines to be added to the organization’s portfolio of support. The GAVI Alliance Board is intended to provide a platform for strategic direction and policy-making that will oversee the operations of the Alliance and monitor program implementation. At the occasion, our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar presented the Committee Chair Report as the Evaluation Advisory Committee Chair. The Board Meeting this year was featured by Cambodia’s Prime Minister, Hun Sen, representatives from donor and developing countries, civil society organizations, vaccine manufacturers and other stakeholders in global immunization. The minutes can be accessed here.

Pakistan’s Galloping Urbanization

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November 13, 2013: Over the years, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has developed a strong brand for publications on Pakistan. On November 6th, 2013, through its Asia Program and Comparative Urban Studies Project and the Fellowship Fund for Pakistan, the Center held its latest conference, Pakistan’s Galloping Urbanization in Washington DC. Hosted by Robert Hathaway  and Michael Kugleman, the seminar invited eminent Pakistani scholars including our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar who presented her paper on Urbanization and Public Health. The Center will publish her findings in its subsequent volume on urbanization in Pakistan, which will be a compendium of research contributions by the scholars present at the conference, including Mohammad Qadeer, Tasneem Siddiqui, Murtaza Haider, Nadeem Ul Haque, Ahsan Iqbal, Aun Rahman and Nadeem Hussain.

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NCDs: Closing the gap

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November 12, 2013: The disease burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is exceptionally high in the developing world with 80% of deaths caused by NCDs occurring in low and middle income countries alone. Within that context, the John Hopkins University press has recently released a new book, titled Noncommunicable Diseases in the Developing World: Closing the gap. Edited by Jeffrey L. Sturchio and Louis Galambos, the book features several chapters by NCD experts that seek to provide the reader with recommendations and actions based on the authors’ experiences and their review of the NCD situation in the developing world. One of these chapters, “Sectoral Cooperation for the Prevention and Control of NCDs” was co-authored by our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar and Sir George Alleyne.

Thought leaders talk at UNICEF

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October 3, 2013:  Our President Sania Nishtar was at UNICEF headquarters in New York last week for a “Conversation with Thought Leaders” in their Series. The objective of the Conversations event is to convey, through discussions with leading thinkers a better understanding of global trends shaping the contemporary world and its future. The Conversations foster a debate with UNICEF staff and beyond, and help position its work within this broader context.

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Healthy Planet, Healthy People:Building Synergies for Sustainable Development

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September 26, 2013:  The United States Government, Permanent Missions of CARICOM to the United Nations, the NCD Alliance and the NCD Roundtable jointly hosted a side event in New York, on the margins of the UN Special Event on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) early this week. This high-profile multi-stakeholder dialogue – Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Building Synergies for Sustainable Development was opened by HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan and featured a vibrant panel discussion on bridging health, NCDs and sustainable development. Richard Horton, editor of the Lancet moderated this full and dynamic panel, where our president, Sania Nishtar joined Ambassador Jimmy Kolker, Sir George Alleyne, Marie-Paul Kieny, Sarah England and Lisa MacCallum for discussion on the exiting next steps towards the post-2015 global health agenda, where NCDs are likely to be featured more prominently than they have been in global health priorities.

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Butchers Galore

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September 2, 2013: healthcare quality regulation has been an orphan area in Pakistan’s public policy. In our recent Oped, and blog-post, the suffering of an unfortunate woman have been highlighted to make a case for urgent policy action.

Best Investments for Health Promotion

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August 27, 2013: The 21st IUHPE World Conference on health promotion commenced in Pattaya, Thailand on August 25. Jointly hosted by the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) and Thaihealth, the four day conference focuses on “The best investments in health promotion”. Our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar, gave the keynote speech at the opening of the event. Michael Sparks, President of the IUHPE, termed the keynote speech as “the perfect start to a conference on investing well in health: clear and inspiring“. The text of this speech can be accessed here.

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Global Handbook on Non-communicable Diseases and Health Promotion

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July 31, 2013: The Global Handbook on Non-communicable Diseases and Health Promotion has just been published by Springer. Edited by David V. McQueen, the book has a long list of contributors with expertise in various aspects of NCD global policy and practice. The Chapter on “NCDs and Civil Society: A History and a Roadmap” has been authored by our President, Sania Nishtar with Johanna Ralston of the World Heart Federation. Further details can be viewed here.

ECOSOC High-level Segment in Geneva

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July 30, 2013: Our president, Sania Nishtar joined the UN ECOSOC High-level Segment 2013 Panel Discussion on Universal Health Coverage, earlier this month through a videolink. The event video can be viewed on UN Web TV with her comments accessible here.

ECOSOC High-level Segment in Geneva

ECOSOC High-level Segment in Geneva

9th World Congress of the International Health Economics Association

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July 24, 2013: iHEA Congresses are well established fora, which convene global experts in health economics each year. This year, the Congress was themed Celebrating Health Economics. It was held in Sydney, Australia on July 7-13, 2013. Heartfile participated in two sessions at the event. In the session “What can we learn from public sector based approaches to the challenge of universal health coverage in Asia and Africa?”, organized by Barbara McPake, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Dr. Faraz Khalid, Heartfile presented “The purpose, design and impact of Health Equity Funds: health financing mechanisms to protect the poor and pave the way to universal coverage”. In the other session “Beyond Bismark and Beveridge: innovative financing mechanism for UHC” Dr. Sania Nishtar participated through video message, which can be viewed here.

Sania Nishtar at the International Health Economics Conference, Australia

9th World Congress of the International Health Economics Association

Turkey Ministerial Conference on Universal Health Coverage

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July 18, 2013: With the increasing global traction for Universal Health Coverage, the Ministry of Health, Turkey collaborated with the Imperial College London, The Lancet and Istanbul Medipol University to launch the Lancet Series on Turkey at the Turkey Ministerial Conference on Universal Health Coverage on June 27-28, 2013. The meeting featured major stakeholders from OECD, World Bank and the World Health Organization. Our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar moderated the Ministerial panel on Managing Emergencies in the Context of Universal Health Coverage. Other panelists included Dr. Ala Alwan, WHO RD for the EMRO region and the Ministers and Secretaries of Health of Turkey, Romania and Indonesia. Podcast of the panel is available here.

Sania Nishtar at the Ministerial Conference on Universal Health Coverage in June 2013 held in Istanbul

Turkey Ministerial Conference on Universal Health Coverage

Eight Global Conference on Health Promotion, Helsinki, Finland

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June 24, 2013: The World Health Organization in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland hosted the Eighth Global Conference on Health promotion: Health in All Policies on June 12, 2013. This high level meeting of experts and policy makers was held to support Member States in developing and strengthening policies across sectors while taking into account the health implications of decisions and actions. Our president, Dr. Sania Nishtar chaired a plenary panel. Webcast can be viewed here and the Conference Statement can be viewed here.

Sania Nishtar in Helinski at the 2013 health promotion Conference

Eighth Global Conference on Health Promotion

Ministers and Accountability

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June 21, 2013: We practice what we preach. Our president, Sania Nishtar voluntarily submits her decisions and actions during her tenure as Federal Minister for accountability and transparency. Her latest Op-Ed on the subject can be accessed here.

Dr Sania Nishtar resumes her role at Heartfile

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June 19, 2013: After a successful stint as Federal Minister in Pakistan’s Caretaker government, Sania Nishtar has resumed responsibilities as President Heartfile. While in office she had charge of four ministerial portfolios, Education, Science and Technology, Information Technology and Health. One of her main achievements was to re-establish Pakistan’s Health Ministry. Her Handover Papers to the next government, in her own words “provide the underlying rationale for the decisions I took while in office, and are meant to be a measure of how I performed. Through the Handover Papers I am holding myself accountable to the people”. We are delighted to have her back in office.  She has also shared a key reflection in a wallpaper message to all government functionaries when she left office.

66th World Health Assembly

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June 3, 2013: Dr. Sania Nishtar, in her capacity as the Federal Minister with three portfolios and the government’s focal person on health headed Pakistan’s delegation to the annual 66th World Health Assembly, hosted by the World Health organization in Geneva, Switzerland from May 20-28, 2013. The World Health Assembly, which is the supreme decision-making WHO body, drew on Ministers and officials from 194 Member states that congregated to undertake annual review of the activities of WHO and set new set priorities for the future. The Health Assembly this year focused on discussing specific health topics like non-communicable diseases, universal health coverage, women and children’s health, as well as the programme budget, administration, reform and management matters of WHO. More details can be viewed in the press release here and the video can be accessed here

The statement of Minister Sania Nishtar, Pakistan’s Leader of the delegation to the 66th World Health Assembly

Pakistan Lancet Series launch

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May 21, 2013: As Pakistan begins its voyage in reforming its healthcare infrastructure, Heartfile and Aga Khan University jointly hosted the launch of the Pakistan Lancet Series at Comstech Auditorium in Islamabad on May 17, 2013. The series titled Health Transitions in Pakistan was revealed by Dr. Richard Horton, Chief-in-Editor of the Lancet. The Series Editors, Dr. Sania Nishtar, Federal Minister, Government of Pakistan and Prof. Zulfiqar Bhutta, the founding director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University were joined at the panel by Dr. Richard Horton, Prof. Tazeen Jaffar of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore and Dr. Abdul Ghaffar, Executive Director of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, WHO, Geneva. The meeting opened with a video message by Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO who praised the formation of the health division in Pakistan. The four papers published were then presented by the panelists.

Pakistan Lancet Series launch

Pakistan Lancet Series launch

Heartfile endorses the Cervical Cancer Global Crisis Card Launch in Pakistan

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May 13, 2013: Cervical cancer kills an estimated 275,000 women every year and 500,000 new cases are reported worldwide. Cervical Cancer-Free Coalition, a US-based research and advocacy group released their first Cervical Cancer Global Crisis Card globally on Friday, May 10, 2013. According to this report, Pakistan was ranked seventh in cervical cancer death statistics. The press release for the cervical cancer global crisis card upon its Pakistan launch can be viewed here which quotes Dr. Sania Nishtar’s concerns profusely who calls for an immediate intervention post elections.

Friends of Heartfile Leaders’ Network

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March 19, 2013: Pakistanis are renowned for their zealous generosity and their charitable contributions towards humanitarian causes.  Rana Allawala and Saeed Allawala, both friends of the Heartfile Leaders’ Network, hosted a fundraiser for Heartfile Health Financing in Karachi on March 3, 2013. Justice (R) Nasir Aslam Zahid was the chief guest at the event, and our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar was the keynote speaker. The event called on a selected gathering of Karachi’s eminent movers and shakers willing to lend support to Heartfile Health Financing, our social protection program, which protects the poorest of the poor from medical impoverishment.

Post 2015 dialogue

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March 15, 2013: The High Level Dialogue on Health in the Post 2015 Development Agenda was hosted by the governments of Botswana and Sweden in collaboration with WHO and UNICEF on March 4-6 in Gabarone, Botswana. The convening culminated the six month long global thematic consultation on health in the post-2015 development agenda. Our president, Sania Nishtar was one of the 47 delegates invited to the High Level Dialogue on Health. Her views on the subject can be viewed here on the Heartfile blog.

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Third Meeting of WHO ICG NCD Expert

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February 27, 2013: The World Health Organization hosted a meeting of the Informal Consultation Group (ICG) of Experts on NCD on February 11-12 in the WHO Headquarter in Geneva. The meeting was held to review progress made in global initiatives for NCD prevention and control, to solicit inputs on WHO’s draft global action plan for NCD prevention and control 2013-20, and to discuss the possibilities and opportunities of NCD integration into the post-2015 UN development agenda. Our president, Dr. Sania Nishtar participated the meeting as a member of the ICG group of experts.

Lancet Series on Non-Communicable Diseases

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February 19, 2013: World’s renowned experts, eminent scientists and academics have contributed towards the latest series of the Lancet, Series 4 on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs),  launched on February 11, 2013. The Series builds on the High Level Meeting on NCDs convened by the United Nations in 2011 and on its previous series in 2010, 2007 and 2005. The Series, coordinated by Robert Beaglehole, aims to bring more evidence in the public domain, as the post-2015 agenda planning is underway. It also proposes cost-effective interventions to accelerate progress to avert millions of deaths, worldwide, by 2025. In this Series, our president, Dr. Sania Nishtar co-authored a viewpoint, ‘Improving responsiveness of health systems to non-communicable diseases with Prof. Rifat Atun of Imperial College, London as the lead author. This paper focuses on developing health systems in response to non-communicable diseases in the midst of challenges incurred by them.

Sania Nishtar in Davos

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January 29, 2013: Our President Sania Nishtar attended the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013 in Davos from January 22 to 26. Amongst other things, she was a panellist in the session “Religion and Politics” and spoke about the impact of religion on development. She was also the official Rapporteur for the session on “the Future of Health”. Official rapporteurs was a new role introduced by WEF at their annual meeting this year to capture select sessions, building upon high-level topic expertise of the rapporteur. Her insights on the session and conversation with the session moderator webcast by WEF can be viewed here. Additionally, she was a discussion leader on another event at the Forum which focused on human capital.

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The Emerging Markets Symposium at Oxford University

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January 18, 2013: The Emerging Markets Symposium this year was themed Gender Inequality in Emerging Markets, held on January 11-13, 2013 at the Egrove Park, Oxford UK. It was hosted by Green Templeton College. Each year, the Symposium brings together authoritative and influential leaders in public and private sectors from all around the world. This intensive three-day meeting concluded with actionable recommendations. With 49 participants, a number of sessions were held, one of which was on Women’s Leadership, chaired by Madeline Kunin. Speakers at this session included Baroness Goudie, Serra Kirdar Meliti, Mona Lena Krook and our president, Dr. Sania Nishtar.

Global Burden of Disease Study

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December 31, 2012: The Lancet and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington co-hosted the launch of the Global Burden of Disease, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010 on December 14, 2012. The meeting featured a series of panel discussions on the subject. The fourth session of the launch, centered around comparative risk assessments was chaired by our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar. Panelists included Prof. Srinath Reddy, Sir Richard Peto, Prof. David Leon, Stephen Lim and Majid Ezzati. The podcast of the full meeting can be viewed here and for highlights of the session, you can visit the Heartfile eForum.

Manchester Roadshow

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November 27, 2012: The British-Pakistan Foundation held a Roadshow on November 16th, 2012, to raise awareness within the UK Pakistani Diaspora about the ‘third sector’ activity in Pakistan in terms of civil society contribution towards the development agenda in Pakistan and to present successful health sector examples to the diasporas. Asif Rangoonwala, Chairman BPF made the opening remarks for the panel, which was moderated by Suniya Qureshi, BPF Executive Director. The panel included Mr. Shoaib Sultan Khan, Representative RSPN; Saquib Hameed, Executive Director LRBT; Moazzam Malik, Director West Asia DFID; Dr. Mohammed Iqbal, Representative APPSUK, Dr. Zafar Iqbal, Representative Medic Liverpool FC and our president Sania Nishtar, who showcased the work of Heartfile.

World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council Summit

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November 14, 2012: The Summit on the Global Agenda is an annual global brainstorming that brings together members of the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils. In its fifth session this year, over 700 expert members of the Network of Global Agenda gathered at the Summit to address over 70 areas of global interest. The webcast of the Summit can be accessed here and the executive summary can be viewed here.  Our President, Sania Nishtar attended the meeting as a member of the Council on Wellbeing and Mental Health.

International action on counterfeit medicines

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November 14, 2012: The paper titled “How to achieve international action on falsified and substandard medicines” published today (November 14th, 2012) in the British Medical Journal calls for a treaty on falsified medicine. Amir Attaran, Associate Professor in the Faculties of Law and Medicine at the University of Ottawa was the lead author of this paper. One of the key attributes of this paper was the scale of international consensus it garnered amongst international development, public health and legal experts. Our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar was one of the co-authors.

World Economic Forum: Health Collaboration as a Bridge

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November 12, 2012: The World Economic Forum on India 2012 was held from November 7-8, 2012 in New Delhi where leaders were invited to share their ideas on India’s development. One of the sessions “Health Collaboration as a Bridge”, looked at nurturing cross-border relationship through health and building partnerships. Panelists from the Indian side included Dr. Naresh Trehan, Chairman, Global Health Private, India; Prof. K Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), India and Pretha C. Reddy, Executive Chairman, Apollo Hospital Enterprise. Our president, Sania Nishtar, and Jahangir Khan Tareen, Former Minister of Special Initiatives, Government of Pakistan were the panelists from the Pakistan side. The synopsis can be accessed here.

Sania Nishtar at the World Economic Forum in India

Our president Sania Nishtar attended the World Economic Forum on India 2012 which was held from November 7-8 2012

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Heartfile Financing Satellite Event in Beijing

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November 11, 2012: Heartfile and International Development Research Centre (IDRC) jointly hosted a Satellite event on the occasion of the 2nd Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Beijing on November 3, 2012 at the Beijing International Conference Centre. The event was organized as a consultation, with the purpose of soliciting peer views on Heartfile Health Financing’s evaluation strategy. Panelists included Sharmila Mhatre (IDRC), Dr Abdul Ghaffar (WHO), Dr. Johanthan Quick (MSH), Dr. Babak Pourbohloul in addition to Dr Faraz Khalid and Dr. Sania Nishtar, from Heartfile.

Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Beijing

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November 11, 2012: The Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research was held from October 31st till November 3rd, 2012 in Beijing which was attended by over 1,700 representatives from more than 100 countries and 760 institutions. The final Plenary on Post-2015 development goals: Framing the issues, prioritizing health and using the evidence was chaired by Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet and the plenary speakers included Joseph Kasonde, Minister of Health of Zambia; Anders Nordström, Ambassador for Global Health, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden; Bob Emery from USAID; Toomas Palu, from the World Bank and our president, Sania Nishtar. The Webcast for which can be accessed here.

Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Beijing

Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Beijing

The New Wings of Development

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November 05, 2012: Our president, Dr. Sania Nishtar recently published her views on Development and how Pakistan fits into the post-2015, Millennium Development Goals agenda. Her article has been published in the Huffington Post on October 31st, 2012 and in The News on November 5, 2012.

World Health Summit, 2012

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October 29, 2012: This year, the 4th World Health Summit was held on October 21-24 in Berlin, Germany. The 2012 Summit was themed “Research for Health and Sustainable Development,” and focused on finding innovative solutions for NCDs and conditions of global concerns, including unhealthy lifestyles. The three-day interactive event featured a number of “multi-stakeholder panels” under patronage of Angela Markel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar was a panelist at the session on “Governance for a Healthy Planet: Are we building new silos? How to combine the priority health agendas? MDGs, NCDs, SDH”. The session was chaired by Ilona Kickbusch and Anders Nordström. Other panelists included Kate Gilmore, Bjorn Oddens, and Marleen Temmermann.

Webcast of the Tokyo session on ‘The Case for Investing in Health’

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October 16, 2012: This year, Program of Seminars at the 2012 World BANK/ IMF Annual Meetings in Tokyo featured a Global Health Session on “Making the Case for Investing in Health, Again!”. The session was moderated by Andrew Jack of the Financial Times and opening comments were made by Akihiko Tanaka (President, JICA). Panelists included Maria Kiwanuka (Minister of Finance, Uganda), Christopher Murray (Director, Institute for Health metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington), Haruo Naito (President & CEO, Eisai Co.) and our President, Sania Nishtar. The webcast of this seminar can be viewed here.

Webcast of the Tokyo session on 'The Case for Investing in Health

Webcast of the Tokyo session on ‘The Case for Investing in Health’

Bellagio Meeting on Complex Health Systems Analysis

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October 9, 2012: The application of complex systems modeling has progressed dramatically over the past decade and there has been a growing interest in utilizing these methods to evaluate existing public health measures or design new intervention/control programs. Despite these advances, these models have not been fully employed in the broader context of health systems research. Recently our president, Dr. Sania Nishtar co-hosted the captioned retreat with Dr. Babak Pourbohloul in Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy on September 25-28, 2012, where two groups of experts:  health systems experts and mathematicians were brought together to explore a new interface bridging disciplines. The meeting concluded with a statement, which can be accessed here.

Bellagio Meeting on Complex Health Systems Analysis

Bellagio Meeting on Complex Health Systems Analysis

Planning Commission’s Exploratory Session on Heartfile Health Financing

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September 24, 2012: The Planning Commission held a meeting to explore the prospect of collaborating with Heartfile Health Financing (HHF)—Heartfile’s innovative social protection program, which aims to help the poorest of the poor in Pakistan from catastrophic shocks. The meeting was chaired by the Deputy Chairman, Mr. Nadeem Ul Haq. Participants included stakeholders representing various ministries of  the Government of Pakistan in addition to a number of development partners and expert. Our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar gave a presentation on the HHF system which stirred an interest in its potential for up-scaling and its potential for collaborations. The Planning Commission has devised to form a Working Group to follow up on this consultation.

EMRO High Level Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases

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September 14, 2012: The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health and the WHO East Mediterranean Regional Office jointly organized an International Conference in Riyadh September 10-12. Participants including government and non-government stakeholders in the region had the opportunity to re-assess their commitment for prevention and control of NCDs. The Conference issued a “Riyadh Commitment” which emphasized on the participants’ desire to making the UN General Assembly Political Declaration on NCD Control and Prevention a success story in the EM Region. Our President, Sania Nishtar was a plenary speaker and gave a global overview of NCDs.

Sania Nishtar speaking in Riyadh at a WHO event

EMRO High Level Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases

Physicians for peace in Hiroshima

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September 7, 2012. The 20th IPPNW World Congress was recently held in Hiroshima, Japan. The host organization, the “International Physicians for Preventing Nuclear War” is the Nobel Peace Prize-winner union of physicians around the world. The congress themed this year, “From Hiroshima to Future Generations” supported its commitment towards global peace building. Dr. Sania Nishtar was a plenary speaker in the session titled “World without Structural Violence and Human Security”. Her talk centered on the intersections between human security and peace.

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Sania Nishtar speaking at a peace conference in Hiroshma

Global Health Policy Summit

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August 23, 2012: The Institute of Global Health Innovation at the Imperial College London and the Qatar Foundation hosted this year’s Global Health Policy Summit on August 1, 2012 in London. The Summit was held at the Guild Hall; leaders from all over the world with a common aim of creating an active global community of health innovators and reformers were presented with an opportunity to collaborate to tackle the challenges facing healthcare systems. Dr. Sania Nishtar was a panel speaker at the summit’s Innovative Delivery Models session at the Summit.

 Sania Nishtar in London for the WISH meeting

Global Health Policy Summit

Learning from HIV experience: An NCDs and health systems perspective

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August 07, 2012: The World Health Organization and UNAIDS organized a joint high level satellite meeting, the International AIDS Conference on July, 22nd 2012 in Washington, D.C. The session focused on the health systems’ challenges related to the management of chronic conditions with a particular focus on HIV and NCDs. Among others, Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO participated in the session, moderated by Richard Horton. Dr. Sania Nishtar made the opening presentation at the session.

Learning from HIV experience: An NCDs and health systems perspective

Learning from HIV experience: An NCDs and health systems perspective

Interview with The Entrepreneurs

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August 02, 2012: Dr. Sania Nishtar was interviewed by a premium media brand, monocle 24 for their radio show, The Entrepreneurs which has up to 50,000 listeners per episode. In her interview, Dr. Nishtar spoke about the unique Heartfile Health Financing program which allows healthcare access to the “poorest of the poor” through its technology interfaced health financing program. To listen to the full interview, click here and skip to 19 minutes 53 seconds.

The London Launch of the Heartfile Leaders’ Network

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July 27, 2012: After a successful June 11 launch in Washington the Heartfile Leaders’ Network has also been launched in London at a reception at the House of Lords on July 11. Dr. Peter Bourne, Former Assistant Secretary-General at the United Nations and former special assistant to Jimmy Carter, spoke at the reception to mark the London launch; Prof. Sir Eldryd Parry, Prof. Rifat Atun, Richard Blewitt and many prominent members of the Pakistani diaspora joined the reception and pledged their support for Heartfile.

The London Launch of the Heartfile Leaders' Network

The London Launch of the Heartfile Leaders’ Network

Event at the House of Lords in London

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July 26, 2012: Pakistan was in the spotlight at the House of Lords in London on July 11. The seminar, “Innovative Financing for the Poor: Pakistan at the Cutting Edge” featured a discussion on the Heartfile Health Financing program. The event was hosted by Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, and was moderated by Dr. Richard Horton, Editor of the Lancet. Dr. Sania Nishtar was the keynote speaker, alongside panelists Prof. Sir Eldryd Parry, Prof. Rifat Atun and Richard Blewitt of HelpAge International. The event was succeeded by a reception in the Attlee Room at the Lords where the London Launch of the Heartfile Leaders’ Network took place.

Event at the House of Lords in London

Event at the House of Lords in London

Polio in Pakistan: Who’s to blame?

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July 23, 2012: Jennifer Brookland profusley quoted Dr. Sania Nishtar’s insights in her article “Polio in Pakistan: Who’s to blame?”, published on a popular International Development web-portal, DEVEX. Pakistan along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, remains one of the three countries world-wide where Polio is still an endemic. Read here.

High level meeting on Child Survival: a Call to Action

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June 29, 2012: The captioned meeting was convened in Washington, DC on June 14-15 by the Governments of the United States, India and Ethiopia. It was organized in close collaboration with UNICEF in order to bring together decision makers and thought-leaders to identify the smart investments to collectively end preventable child deaths. Our president, Dr. Sania Nishtar was a panelist in the session on “How to Reach Every Child with Essential Services: Coverage with quality and equity” and talked about ways of getting everyone on board, and engaging private health care providers in child survival.

High level meeting on Child Survival: a Call to Action

High level meeting on Child Survival: a Call to Action

Aspen Institute event for Heartfile

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June 22, 2012: Partners for a New Beginning (PNB) hosted the Washington launch of the Heartfile Leaders Network on June 11, 2012. The Network is being established to support the work of Heartfile Health Financing and the Sania Nishtar Health Fund. Event details can be viewed here.
Partners for a New Beginning is a network operating in ten countries around the world where local projects and priorities are identified by local chapters. The Secretariat strategically matches these projects with US and international partners. The Aspen Institute in Washington serves as the Secretariat for Partners for a New Beginning. Our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar is a member of the PNB Pakistan Chapter.

Aspen Institute event for Heartfile

Aspen Institute event for Heartfile

WHO health systems research strategy

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June 14, 2012: The 2nd Meeting of the Advisory Group of the World Health Organization’s Global Strategy for Health Systems Research was held in Boston at the Harvard Inn on June 11-12. The meeting was hosted by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. Our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar attended the meeting as a member of the Advisory Committee.

GAVI’s 2012 Washington Board meeting

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June 13, 2012: Our president, Dr. Sania Nishtar recently attended the Board Meeting of the Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative (GAVI) in her capacity as the Chair of the Evaluation Advisory Committee of GAVI and presented the committee update

Rockefeller Foundations centennial

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June 12, 2012: View a recently released video, which features the work of our president, Dr. Sania Nishtar. The video was shot during the Rockefeller Foundation’s 2011 innovation forum. Click here to view.

Pakistan Lancet Series: Stakeholders’ Consultation

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May 05, 2012: Heartfile hosted the Pakistan Lancet Series Stakeholders’ Consultation in Islamabad on April 20. The meeting was hosted by our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar and Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta. Dr. Richard Horton, Editor of the Lancet and Dr. Pamela Das, Series Editor joined through a video link. The objective of the Pakistan Lancet Series is to identify evidence-based critical actions, which can be institutionalized as a priority to reform Pakistan’s health system within the context of the opportunity created by the devolution reform and against the backdrop of the prevailing macro-economic, geo-strategic and capacity constraints the country is facing.

Forum 2012 in Cape Town

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May 01, 2012: Forum 2012, the new order in Global Forum for Health Research meetings, was recently held in Cape Town from 24 to 26 April 2012. The meeting was hosted by the Geneva based COHRED Group under the theme of “Beyond Aid: Research and Innovation as key drivers for Health, Equity and Development”. Our President, Sania Nishtar was a panelist in two sessions on “Innovative Models of Healthcare Delivery” and “Women and Science and Technology” and chaired the session on “Strengthening Networks and Partnerships in Research Innovation”. The webcast can be viewed here.

 Forum 2012 in Cape Town

Forum 2012 in Cape Town

GAVI’s Board retreat in Oslo

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April 30, 2012: The Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative (GAVI) is a global public-private partnership focused on saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health by increasing access to immunisation in poor countries. The Alliance Board recently had a retreat in Oslo on April 16-17, which was attended by our President Dr. Sania Nishtar, who chairs GAVI’s global Evaluation Advisory Committee.

April Meetings on Wellbeing in New York

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April 13, 2012: The recent ‘twin’ high level meetings on Wellbeing and Happiness, in New York, the first hosted by Jeffery Sachs on April 1 at the Columbia University and the second by Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley of Bhutan at the UN General Assembly on April 2 were important initial steps in the global response to the challenge of elaborating measurements of happiness and wellbeing. Beyond that they served as an important step on the path to new sustainable development goals, which will hopefully include measurement of wellbeing after the 2015 end-date of the MDGs. Our president, Sania Nishtar attended both the events. The webcasts of the events will be available shortly.

Sania Nishtar with Prime Minister of Bhutan in New York at the Happiness meeting at the UN

April Meetings on Wellbeing in New York

HIGH-LEVEL EXPERT MEETING ON HEALTH PRIORITIES

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March 09, 2012: The new Regional Director of the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the World Health Organization convened a high level expert meeting on health priorities in Cairo on March 1-2 just after assuming office. Heartfile President, Dr. Sania Nishtar was amongst the select group of experts invited to reflect on the WHO reform process and priorities for its scope of work in the future.

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SUBSTANDARD DRUGS

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March 06, 2012: 125 deaths were recently reported in Pakistan as a result of fatal bone-marrow suppression subsequent to contaminated substandard drug intake. These drugs were available to the poor free of cost from a public cardiology pharmacy. Our analysis of the situation has just been published in The Lancet and in the News International.

NCDS OPED IN THE UN MAGAZINE

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February 24, 2012: Our recent co-authored comment in UNA-UK’s New World magazine titled “The global push against non-communicable diseases” can be accessed here.

BMJ HIGHLIGHTS THE PAKISTAN DRUG DEATH ISSUE

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Februray 17, 2012: The British Medical Health Journal (BMJ) recently highlighted the issue of contaminated drugs in Pakistan that led to the deaths of 120 people. In a statement to the journal, our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar commented that this should be a wake up call. “There are only a handful of testing laboratories in the country” and that “…while the standard operating procedures for quality testing may have been articulated, the infrastructure to implement them does not exist”.

THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM’S LEVERAGE IN HEALTH

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February 07, 2012: Read about our recent comment in the Huffington Post about the World Economic Forum’s niche as a convening space for health sector stakeholder engagement. This is a much needed capacity in the current global economic environment where global solutions can best be achieved by exploiting public-private synergy.

WOMEN IN THE WORLD FOUNDATION

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February 06, 2012: The Women in the World Foundation has featured a story on “Two Doctors Overcoming Obstacles to Accessing Healthcare”, focusing on the work of our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar. Click here to read article.

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM 2012, DAVOS

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February 02, 2012: WEF’s Annual Meeting in Davos was focused on “The great transformations: shaping new models”. Our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar was one of the panelists at a session on Innovative Development Models. Other panelists included: Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development of the United kingdom; Seth F. Berkley, Chief Executive Officer, GAVI Alliance, Switzerland; Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman, President and CFO, Merck & Co., USA; Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Geneva; Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary General, UN Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva. The panel was moderated by John McArthur of the United Nations Foundation, USA.

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DAVID AND LUCILE PACKARD FOUNDATION’S PARTNERS MEETING

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February 14, 2012: Dr. Saba Amjad and Yasir Abbas Mirza represented Heartfile at the recent Packard Foundation’s partners meeting, which was held at JW Marriott in Dubai on January 27-28. The meeting focused on compliance training and program overviewOur president, Dr. Sania Nishtar talked on challenges and opportunities of health and population in the changing context in the post 18th-Amendment scenario.

Sania Nishtar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Partner meeting

DAVID AND LUCILE PACKARD FOUNDATION’S PARTNERS MEETING

ARTICLES ON HEALTH DEVOLUTION IN PAKISTAN

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January 17, 2012: Due to popular demand, we have compiled an archive of Heartfile’s articles on the devolution of the health portfolio and the abolition of the health ministry in Pakistan as a result of the 18th Constitutional Amendment. These can be accessed here.

INNOVATIVE FINANCING

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December 26: 2011: Abu Dhabi recently hosted the World Health Care Congress Middle East where a plenary session on Innovative Financing Models for Global Health Care Challenges was featured as part of the Congress’ emerging trends theme. The panel included Robert Filipp, (Founder, Innovative Finance, Geneva); Dr. Paolo de Santis, (Partner, McKinsey & Co., Rome); Wassim Mourtada, (CEO Envision ALR, Abu Dhabi); Helmut M. Schüehsler, (Managing Partner, TVM Capital, Munich) and Heartfile Founder and President, Dr. Sania Nishtar.

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GLOBAL AGENDA COUNCIL 2010, WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

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December 24, 2011: The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council, with its focus on global risks and the means of their mitigation, was held in Dubai, from November 30–December 1, 2010. This year, the Chronic Disease Council had a strategic role to play in convening members to deliberate on strategies to address the chronic disease challenge in view of the upcoming UN General Assembly special session on chronic non-communicable diseases in September, 2011. Dr. Sania Nishtar attended the meeting as a member of the Council on Chronic Diseases.

Sania Nishtar at the Global Agenda Counil meeting of the World Economic Forum in 2011

NCD RESEARCH AGENDA SETTING

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December 19, 2011: As a follow up to the UN high level summit on NCDs, a WHO EMRO consultative meeting was recently held on “Building Regional NCD Research Agenda and Enhancing Implementation of NCD Action Plan.” The meeting, which was held in Dubai, from 11 to 13 December 2011 concluded with a set of research priorities and was well attended by researchers and policy makers from all over the WHO EMRO region. Heartfile president, Dr. Sania Nishtar attended the meeting as the invited expert from Pakistan.

2ND ANNUAL PUBLIC HEALTH CONFERENCE ON HEALTH SYSTEMS

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December 14, 2011: Heartfile Health Financing was featured as a key theme in discussions at the 2nd Annual Public Health Conference on Health Systems held at the Health Services Academy in Islamabad. The focus was on “Public health in the wake of recent reforms in Pakistan.” Dr. Sania Nishtar was invited to speak at the opening plenary and Dr. Faraz Khalid gave a program overview in one of the concurrent sessions.

ASIA’S HEALTH REFORM CONFERENCE

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December 12, 2011: University of Hong Kong in collaboration with Elsevier, hosted the Health System Reform in Asia Conference 2011 on Dec 9-12 in Hong Kong. Dr. Sania Nishtar’s plenary talk at the conference, relayed via a video link can now be accessed here.

PARTNERSHIP PLENARY IN ISTANBUL

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December 09, 2011: One of the plenary sessions at the recent meeting of the Global Chapters of Partners for a New Beginning, in Turkey on December 2, focused on Partnerships. Our President, Sania Nishtar was on the panel and shared with the panel and the audience Heartfile’s approach to partnership building.

PARTNERSHIP PLENARY IN ISTANBUL

PARTNERSHIP PLENARY IN ISTANBUL

PAKISTAN: INNOVATIVE FINANCING FOR HEALTH

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November 21, 2011: Huffington Post UK launched a new Impact section on issues, charities and making a difference on Friday November 18, 2011, the same day as the BBC’s Children In Need campaign. Our comment on Innovative Financing for health in Pakistan was displayed on the front page of the Impact section available to more than four million Huffington Post readers in the UK with around 35m for the site worldwide. Read here

WHO BULLETIN PUBLISHES A REVIEW OF CHOKED PIPES

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November 07, 2011: The review published in the November issue of the WHO Bulletin states that the “book provides a timely spotlight on the investment needed to develop effective, transparent and pro-poor health systems” and that it has “something to offer for both the local and global audience” Click here to access the article in PDF format

WHO BULLETIN PUBLISHES A REVIEW OF CHOKED PIPES

PAKISTAN AND POLIO

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November 5, 2011: Follow our recent comment on the Polio situation in Pakistan in the Huffington Post

HEARTFILE’S ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR FLOOD AFFLICTED

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November 05, 2011: Heartfile has made assistance available for victims of the recent flood through the Heartfile Health Financing program. The program currently provides assistance to patients who are prone to catastrophic expenditures on healthcare. View details

INTERVIEW IN ASIAN SCIENTIST MAGAZINE

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November 01, 2011: This month’s issue of Asian Scientist magazine carries an interview of Dr. Sania Nishtar about the new Sania Nishtar Health Fund and what inspired her to start Heartfile Health Financing. To read the interview please click here.

LAUNCH OF THE SANIA NISHTAR HEALTH FUND

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October 27, 2011: The Sania Nishtar Health Fund was launched at an event hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation in New York on September 20, 2011. The fund has been set up to support the work of Heartfile Health Financing and has been created with the Global Innovation Award that Dr. Nishtar received in July from the Rockefeller Foundation. Keynote remarks at the launch were made by Sir George Alleyne, Syed Babar Ali, and Dr. Mehmood Khan. Participating agencies included Partners for a New Beginning at the Aspen Institute, the American Pakistan Foundation, the World Economic Forum and the World Heart Federation. Further details about the Fund can be viewed here.

WORLD CONFERENCE ON THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH

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October 26, 2011: The World Health Organization, at its recent World Conference in Rio de Janeiro, organized a ministerial panel on “Ensuing Equitable Universal Coverage” and convened policymakers and experts to discuss on-ground examples relevant to universal coverage health reform. Panelists included Simon Burns, Minister of State for Health, United Kingdom; Alexandre Padilha, Minister of Health Brazil; Dr Jeanette Vega, Ex Minister of Health, Chile, Margaret Chan, Director General, WHO and our President, Sania Nishtar. The webcast of the session will shortly be available through this portal.

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WORLD CONFERENCE ON THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH

GLOBAL AGENDA COUNCIL, WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

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October, 18, 2011: At the recent captioned meeting in Abu Dhabi, the Global Agenda Council on Health and Well-being 2011, which is one of the World Economic Forum’s 79 Councils, focused on making a case for positioning health and wellness, as the potential fourth bottom line of businesses. The understanding is that performance, social responsibility and commitment to environmental protection are the existing three. Our President, Sania Nishtar, is a member of the council and attended the meeting.

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GLOBAL AGENDA COUNCIL, WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

HEARTFILE’S PAPER AT THE WORLD CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH

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October 14, 2011: Our recent paper, “Heartfile Health Financing: Striving to achieve Health Equity in Pakistan,” has just been published on a World Health Organization hosted website for the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health. The conference commences on October 19, 2011. The paper is part of a series of case studies that present successful examples of policy action aiming to reduce health inequities. The paper can be downloaded here and background details can be accessed here.

A GLOBAL COORDINATING PLATFORM FOR NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

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October 05, 2011: a recent paper co-authored by Eva Jane Lopez of the World Economic Forum and Sania Nishtar from Heartfile outlines the imperative for creating an apex global coordinating mechanism for non-communicable diseases. This is the first publication after the release of the high level political declaration on NCDs, which reinforces one of the declaration’s key recommendations centered on furthering international collaboration on NCD. The paper can be accessed here

COMMUNICATING THE NONCOMMUNICABLE

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September 22, 2011: A special issue of ‘The Journal of Health Communication’ was launched at a side event to the UN high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases in New York on September 19. Both guest editors, Peter Anderson and Dr. Sania Nishtar, are members of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council (GAC) on Chronic Disease and Wellness where at a meeting of this body in 2010 in Dubai, the idea for this special supplement was conceived. The authors of this 205-page journal have engaged in research and dialogue throughout the globe. The issue can be downloaded here and the authors’ introduction to the series can be viewed here.

WORLD AGEING AND GENERATIONS CONGRESS 2011

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September 08, 2011: Seventh in the series, the captioned Congress, which was held in St Gallen in the last week of August, 2011 explored Demography’s intersections with other sectors. Our president Sania Nishtar was a plenary speaker in the session titled “Demography meets Health”.

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WORLD AGEING AND GENERATIONS CONGRESS 2011

HEALTH DEVOLUTION – A WAY FORWARD, PART II

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September 07, 2011: Our final viewpoint on the devolution of the health portfolio from the standpoint of national roles has just been published in The News International (Click here to Download). You can also view the proposed national structure for health in the post devolution situation.

HEARTFILE INDEPENDENCE DAY COMMEMORATIVE VIEWPOINT

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August 24, 2011: Democracy, politics, governance and accountability – historically misunderstood in theory and practice, these attributes of state governance need to be properly addressed in order to improve every aspect of the body politic, especially health systems performance. Our recent Independence Day Commemorative Viewpoint, which focuses on this can be downloaded here.

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HUMAN RIGHTS AND NCDs

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August 19, 2011: In preparation for the UN High Level Meeting on September 19-20, 2011, the NCD Alliance has just released its Human Rights Brief. This has been prepared by its Human Rights Working Group, of which Dr. Sania Nishtar is a member. Ten key recommendations are outlined in the brief including inter alia, implementation for prevention of NCDs, the right to essential medicines and technologies and vulnerable populations,. Click here to view the four page summary and the in-depth paper can be downloaded here

PROMOTING PEACE WITH HEALTH AS AN ENTRY POINT

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August 12, 2011: the recently held debut meeting of the Aman ki Asha Health Committee in Delhi concluded with a declaration and an action plan for the way forward. The meeting was chaired by our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar and Dr. Naresh Trehan from India. The outputs of the meeting now serve as the framing context for pursuing mutual learning, sharing of experiences and exploring avenues for collaboration.

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IAS PRE-MEETING ON HIV AND NCDs, ROME

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August 09, 2011: Hosted by Wafaa El-Sadr, Rifat Atun and Jean Paul Moatti, the above meeting included an afternoon Panel, which was chaired and moderated by our president, Dr. Sania Nishtar.  Panelists included Ambassador Eric Goosby (United States Global AIDS Coordinator), Bart Janssen (Medicines Sans Frontiers), Gottfried Hirnschal (WHO) and Chewe Luo (UNICEF).

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ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATIONS AWARD INNOVATION AWARD

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August 03, 2011:  As part of its first annual Innovation Awards ceremony in New York held on July 7, 2011, the Rockefeller Foundation honored four Global Innovators, amongst them our president Dr. Sania Nishtar, who received the innovation award for her unique contributions to the field of global health. Other award recipients include President Bill Clinton, Jane Weru, executive director of the Akiba Mashinani Trust in Kenya and representatives from the microfinance organization Kiva in the Classroom. The press release from the event and video footages can be viewed.

Awardees of the first Global Innovation Award, New York 2011

Sania Nishtar recieving Global Innovation Award in New York

ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATIONS AWARD INNOVATION

VIEWPOINT ON HEALTH DEVOLUTION: PART1

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August 01, 2011: Our most recent viewpoint on the rapidly evolving situation regarding the abolition of the Ministry of Health and health devolution in Pakistan was published last Saturday. This viewpoint is in two parts with the first raising questions and the second is expected to offer options for the way forward. The author is soliciting your views, which we prefer receiving through our Facebook page. Alternatively, she can be emailed directly at sania@heartfile.org

LEVERAGING HIV FOR NCDS CARE

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July 18, 2011: Many lessons can be drawn from the scale-up of HIV services in low-income countries for institutionalizing care for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Such insights are useful as the international community and domestic policy planners converge during the upcoming UN High Level NCDs Summit this September to draw strategies to address the burgeoning challenge of NCDs. Dr. Sania Nishtar has recently co-authored an article with Miriam Rabkin of Columbia University to draw attention to the potential of such experience sharing. The paper has been published in a special supplement of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, which was released at an event preceding the International AIDS conference in Rome, on July 15, 2011. The article can be downloaded here.

BUILDING PAKISTAN’S HUMAN CAPITAL: A FOCUS ON HEALTH AND EDUCATION

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July 08, 2011: The US Institute of Peace in collaboration with another Washington based think tank, the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding, held a panel discussion on the captioned subject in Washington on June 14, 2010. Panelists included Dr. Sania Nishtar, Dr. Attiya Khan, Naveed Hassan Naqvi and Mr. McCloud (USAID). The session was moderated by Moeed Yusuf (USIP).

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BUILDING PAKISTAN’S HUMAN CAPITAL: A FOCUS ON HEALTH AND EDUCATION

TDR REPORT PREVIEW

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July 6, 2011: Dr. Sania Nishtar chaired the preview of TDR’s IDEAS (Infectious Diseases, Evidence for Action) Report on June 14 at the Global Health Council meeting in Washington. The global report on research priorities for infectious diseases of poverty “offers new ways of improving public health in poor countries, with research as the compelling foundation and driver for policies.”

Sania Nishtar in Washington at the Global Forum meeting chairing launch of a WHO TDR Report

TDR REPORT PREVIEW

DO WE NEED MINISTRIES OF HEALTH: HOW FAR CAN DECENTRALIZATION GO

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June 29, 2011: The World Bank south Asian HNP multi-sectoral Decentralization Study Group hosted a lunch presentation at the World Bank in Washington on June 15, 2011. Our President Dr. Sania Nishtar presented our recent analysis related to the captioned subject with Pakistan as a setting. Julie Mclaughlin chaired the session and Pablo Gotrett was the discussant. The announcement featuring the background can be viewed and the analytical report can also be downloaded.

DO WE NEED MINISTRIES OF HEALTH: HOW FAR CAN DECENTRALIZATION GO

DO WE NEED MINISTRIES OF HEALTH

DRUG REGULATION AND BEYOND

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June 27, 2011: The establishment of a Drug Regulatory Authority is once again on Pakistan’s policy agenda. In principle a step in the right direction, Heartfile examines its implications and suggests some practical recommendations in its recent analysis.

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THE NCDs PAPER: ANSWERING FOUR QUESTIONS

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June 22, 2011: The Lancet NCD Action Group’s recent paper “UN High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases” answers four key questions, which need to be addressed if the UN High-Level meeting on NCDs in September, an opportunity to incite a coordinated global effort against NCDs, is to live up to its potential. Led by Robert Beaglehole and Ruth Bonita, the paper is authored by 11 other experts from around the world including our President, Dr. Sania Nishtar. The paper and its accompanying summary can be downloaded.

UN CIVIL SOCIETY HEARING ON NCDS: VIEW FOOTAGE

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June 21, 2011: During the recent UN General Assembly Civil society hearing on NCDs, which was held in the run up to the September NCDs summit, Dr. Sania Nishtar led one of the three roundtables and spoke about the need to enhance global cooperation, outlining the stakeholders, mechanisms and modalities. The video of the hearing was split up into two separate parts. You can fast forward to the relevant section of the video at 1 hour, 36 minutes to view her comments.

UN CIVIL SOCIETY HEARING ON NCDS

UN CIVIL SOCIETY HEARING ON NCDS

PAKISTAN 2020: A VISION FOR BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE

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June 9, 2011: The captioned report by the Asia Society Pakistan 2020 Study Group, whose members include a mix of individuals, all of whom are leaders in their own separate fields, is now available for download. The report, written by project director, Hassan Abbas, has insights and intellectual contributions from the group including Dr. Sania Nishtar from Heartfile.

Poorest of the poor

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June 06, 2011: Through Heartfile Health Financing, we make assistance available to the poor who cannot afford to pay for healthcare and run the risk of spending catastrophically. Most of the patients we support are the poorest of the poor and we are often confronted with situations where patients need ongoing help beyond healthcare. The case of two patients just supported through our program is illustrative and our summer intern has narrated an account of these cases, which can be viewed here. We are looking for organizations that can help support these patients beyond healthcare and would be grateful if anyone has any ideas in this regard.

Solutions from within

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May 31, 2011: The captioned comment raises the point about broader issues of governance in Pakistan, which are impeding progress in general as well as towards health systems goals. The comment gives a message of hope in relation to societal strengths in Pakistan and also raises the point about the need for capacity and will at the State level  to harness the strength of the society.

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LANCET COMMENTARY AND REPORT RELEASED

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May 5, 2011. Read our commentary in the Lancet “Pakistan prepares to abolish Ministry of Health”, which has just been published on “Online First”. We are also releasing the final version of the accompanying report, “Health and the 18th Amendment: retaining national functions in devolution” today.

Mandate to regulate

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May 5, 2011: Read our recent viewpoint about the challenges and lack of clarity vis-à-vis regulatory prerogatives subsequent to the pronouncement of the 18th constitutional amendment in Pakistan. This ambiguity has implications for health with respect to regulation of human resources, drugs, service delivery and medical education. Click here to read more.

Lancet paper on Non-communicable Diseases

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May 5, 2011. Read our commentary in the Lancet “Pakistan prepares to abolish Ministry of Health”, which has just been published on “Online First”. We are also releasing the final version of the accompanying report, “Health and the 18th Amendment: retaining national functions in devolution” today.

MOSCOW MINISTERIAL MEETING ON NCDS

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May 2, 2011: Heartfile president, Dr. Sania Nishtar attended the First Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and Non-Communicable Disease Control as a member of the International Steering Committee of the conference. She also synthesized outcomes of sessions both during the closing plenary of the ministerial meeting on the 29th as well as the WHO Global Forum on the 27th. The aim of the conference was to “support member states in developing and strengthening policies and programmes on healthy lifestyles and NCD prevention.”

MOSCOW MINISTERIAL MEETING ON NCDS

MOSCOW MINISTERIAL MEETING ON NCDS

Importance of a national role in health

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April 19, 2011: Dr. Sania Nishtar’s interview in The NEWS International about how the 18th Amendment still enables the federal government to retain a national role in health despite provincial devolution can be read here.

 

Comment on Heartfile’s paper on the 18th Amendment

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April 13, 2011: Bill Savedoff, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development, Washington, has commented on Heartfile’s recent paper on Health and the 18th Amendment. Read here

MEDICAL MISSION HALL OF FAME

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April 8, 2011: Sania Nishtar was inducted into University of Toledo’s Medical Mission Hall of Fame.

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Health and the 18th Amendment: Pakistan

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April 05, 2011: The 18th amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan has devolved several subjects including health from the federal to the provincial level. This has far reaching implications for health, changing the entire health systems matrix in Pakistan. Heartfile’s recent paper, Health & the 18th Amendment underscores the importance of a national role for health. The paper is in the public domain and can be downloaded now. Comments if any should be sent to sania@heartfile.org. In addition to this news posting, we have also placed a comment in the newspaper to solicit inputs from a wider audience.

The aftermath of the 2010 Pakistan flood

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April 01, 2011: Through the Health Lens: The Aftermath of the 2010 Pakistan Flood, a Heartfile report done in collaboration with the Institute of Social Policy & Understanding, Washington, can now be downloaded from our website. The 2010 floods were one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the country’s history and the report provides in-depth analysis of the health ramifications and practical recommendations for the future.

Doctor’s movement

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March 29, 2011: Revolutionary fervor from the Middle Eastern revolutions and Pakistan’s 2009 lawyer’s movement appears to be having a snowball effect. Young doctors in the largest province of the country have called a long drawn strike calling for better remuneration. An increasing number of young doctors, groups and associations are galvanizing support for the Young Doctors Association, the apex body which lent impetus to this movement. Their cause is becoming a rallying cry for drawing attention to a number of systemic constraints in relation to human resource issues as they impact young doctors. Our recent opinion explores the broader policy context.

Challenges of Scaling up

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March 24, 2011: We are pleased to be sharing with you our recent piece in the Lancet on the “Challenges of Scaling-up”, which can now be downloaded.

13th Annual Scientific conference ICDDR,B

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March 15, 2011: Sania Nishtar gave a presentation in the opening plenary on “Managing the public-private mix: remedied for the Mixed Health System Syndrome” during the 13th Annual Scientific Conference icddr,b, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

13th Annual Scientific conference ICDDR,B

13th Annual Scientific conference ICDDR,B

13th Annual Scientific conference ICDDR

Heartfile at the NCDs CSM Parallel Event in New York

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February 25, 2011: The global Non Communicable diseases Alliance, a formal alliance of four international federations recently held an event, parallel to the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. The session was focused on a neglected dimension of women’s health and development—non-communicable diseases, an important issue to be deliberated upon in the lead up to the UN Summit. Dr. Sania Nishtar was one of the four panelists at the event and talked about the health systems aspect of women and NCDs.

Heartfile at the NCDs CSM Parallel Event in New York

Heartfile at the NCDs CSM Parallel Event in New York

Consultation on the 18th Amendment

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February 21, 2011: Saeed Allawala hosted a consultation on the impact of the 18th amendment on the pharmaceutical sector in Pakistan. Sania Nishtar was invited to keynote at the occasion. The meeting was also attended by Chairman Pharma Bureau and Chairman Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association.

US-Pakistan Muslim Engagement initiative

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February 19, 2011: Sania Nishtar attends the US-Pakistan Muslim Engagement Initiative on February 17-19, 2011. The event was hosted by the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

NCDs Evidence-Policy disconnect

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February 12, 2011: The World Bank has just released its south Asia report on NCDs—Tackling Noncommunicable Diseases in South Asia. The report highlights the magnitude of disease burden in Pakistan and stresses on the need to step up action to address this challenge. The enclosed comment uses the evidence-policy disconnect in relation to NCDs as a peg to highlight the magnitude of neglect in this respect and draws attention to some needed actions in this space. Comments should be sent to sania@hearfile.org

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Operation polio

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January 29, 2011: Pakistan has launched an emergency plan to step-up efforts towards polio eradication after acknowledging that the country now runs the risk of becoming the last remaining reservoir of endemic poliovirus transmission in the world. This comment explores the nature of systemic constraints, which stand in the way of achieving that goal. Comments on the paper should be sent to sania@heartfile.org

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PLANNING MEETING FOR THE NCDS MOSCOW CONFERENCE

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January 27, 2011: Sania Nishtar attends the planning meeting of the First Global Ministerial Conference on Health Lifestyles and NCD Control, which is to be held in Moscow in April later this year, as a member of the International Steering Committee. The planning meeting was held in Geneva, Switzerland on January 26-27 at the WHO headquarter in Geneva.

WORLD HEALTH REPORT 2010

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January 25, 2011: The Proof-of-Concept paper for Heartfile’s Health Financing project has been published as one of the background papers to WHO’s World Health Report 2010: “Health systems financing, the path to universal coverage”. The paper can be downloaded. Comments on the paper should be sent to sania@heartfile.org

THE EMERGING MARKETS SYMPOSIUM AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY

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January 16, 2011: Sania Nishtar attends the Oxford University hosted Emerging Markets Symposium on Urbanization, health and human security as a expert panelist and speaker. The symposium focuses on challenges for the emerging market countries.

H1N1 OUTBREAK IN PAKISTAN—LESSONS LEARNT

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January 14, 2011: Compared to many other countries in Asia, the outbreak of Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 appeared to be of minor concern to Pakistan. Sania Nishtar analyzes the extent to which that notion was justified, the health system’s response to the outbreak and the capacity of the country to comply with WHO’s International Health Regulations 2005. The paper has been published by the RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies in Singapore, which coordinates the Consortium of Non-Traditional Security Studies in Asia (NTS-Asia). Heartfile has been actively involved in events organised by both the Centre as well as the Consortium. Comments on the paper should be sent to sania@heartfile.org. The paper can be downloaded

OVERCOMING INEQUITIES IN ASIA

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December 22, 2010: The Rockefeller Foundation’s partners’ convening meeting, “Overcoming inequities in Asia”, held in Bangkok from December 14-15, 2010 was an opportunity to elicit and present issues, ideas and solutions relevant to the 21st century development challenges facing Asia. President Heartfile attended the meeting and shared the organization’s new approaches and thinking to address the current unprecedented levels of inequality and consequent social disruptions.

THE LANCET SERIES ON CHRONIC DISEASES

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December 20, 2010: The third Lancet series on chronic diseases can now be viewed. Heartfile is privileged to have had the opportunity to join the series’ group as a co-author on one of the papers, which was themed on the interface of chronic diseases with health systems. The citation appears Samb B, Desai N, Nishtar S, Mendis S, Bekedam H, Wright A, et.al. Prevention and management of chronic disease: a litmus test for health-systems strengthening in low-income and middle-income countries. The Lancet 2010;376(9754): 1785-97.

THE LANCET SERIES ON CHRONIC DISEASES

THE LANCET SERIES ON CHRONIC DISEASES

PAKISTAN DEVELOPMENT FORUM, 2010

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November 30, 2010: There are a number of competing priorities for allocating development assistance in Pakistan, today. Fiscal space has been crowded out in the aftermath of the recent floods, an energy crisis, ongoing war and relentless insurgency. The enclosed comment underscores the salience of some windows of opportunity at the margins of these challenges, using deliberations and pronouncements at the recently held Pakistan Development Forum as a peg.

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LANCET AND W.H.O BULLETIN PUBLISH REVIEWS ON CHOKED PIPES

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November 16, 2010: In a recent review of ‘Choked Pipes’ published in the Lancet, the reviewer uses corruption as a peg to outline the book’s attributes and alludes to the notion of ‘the mixed health systems syndrome’ described in the book as a persuasive idea. WHO Bulletin’s review published in its November issue states that the “book provides a timely spotlight on the investment needed to develop effective, transparent and pro-poor health systems” and that it has “something to offer for both the local and global audience”. Download the Lancet review | Read the Bulletin’s review

DENGUE: MISPLACED FEARS AND POLICY IMPERATIVES

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November 10, 2010: The recent outbreak of Dengue, which is commanding widespread attention in Pakistan, is an important insight into several health and overarching governance issues. This comment discusses the policy imperatives and recalls some facts about Dengue to put things in perspective.

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THE BUDGET PROCESS

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November 08, 2010: Lack of effective parliamentary and civil society engagement in the budget-making process is one of the fundamental process-related anomalies in Pakistan’s budgetary cycle. By drawing on insights from other countries, this comment advocates for change as the fiscal year commences, and flags a number of caveats

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VIEWPOINT ON DISASTER GOVERNANCE

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September 04, 2010: a viewpoint on the attributes of governance and their interplay in disasters has been published in the News International today. This comment flags five governance lessons, evidenced by the response to the recent catastrophic floods in Pakistan.

MEETING IN BELLAGIO, LAKE COMO

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August 20, 2010: Dr Sania Nishtar participated in a leadership level meeting at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy on August 17-20. The meeting was organized by the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and focused on the interaction between health systemsparticipated2 and HIV.

MEETING IN BELLAGIO, LAKE COMO

MEETING IN BELLAGIO, LAKE COMO

FRIENDS, DIALOGUES, POVERTY AND PRAGMATISM

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July 24, 2010: The United States has pledged support to alleviate poverty and improve development outcomes in Pakistan. The comment explores the extent to which such expectations are justified and the prerequisites for leveraging the potential within development assistance.

COMMENT TO MARK WORLD POPULATION DAY

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July 10, 2010: The comment frames population as the denominator of development. It focuses on the potential within the forthcoming Population Policy 2010 to impact outcomes in view of institutional changes introduced by the 18th Constitutional Amendment and the Finance Commission Award.

BUDGET’S SOCIAL FOOTPRINT

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July 3, 2010: The comment explores the potential within the macroeconomic strategies pursued through the Finance Bill 2010/11 – just passed by the parliament – to accrue benefits to the common man. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints

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The Study Group on Health Governance at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy convened a workshop in Singapore to review papers on the contributions of Asia to Global Health Governance

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June 29, 2010: The Study Group on Health Governance is part of the larger initiative on Global Governance by the school. Sania Nishtar, President Heartfile attended the meeting as a special invited guest on June 28-29, 2010.

The problem with BISP health insurance

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June 19, 2010: The government is launching a new health insurance scheme for the poor under the rubric of the federal government’s safety net program. The comment argues that if the priority is to financially risk protect the poor for health in the most cost effective manner, then the government must rethink its current approach. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints

The Regional Conference on Achieving better health equity and efficiency in Middle East and North Africa

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June 07, 2010: Sania Nishtar gives the keynote address at the ‘Regional Conference on Achieving better health equity and efficiency in Middle East and North Africa,’ organized by the MENA Health Policy Forum in Amman, Jordan.

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The Regional Conference on Achieving better health equity and efficiency in Middle East and North Africa

Politics of health reform – Part III

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June 7, 2010: The comment underscores a critical point—health reform has been forced on the Pakistani health system because of changes made outside of it. It outlines how existing opportunities can be capitalized and how the forthcoming budget can be used as an entry point to make fundamental changes as a starting point. Full text is accessible at View other Viewpoints

Viewpoint 78: Politics of health reform – Part I

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Read the first part of the Op-ed on the Politics of health reform – Part I…Read More

Achieving universal health coverage: experiences of Pakistan

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May 14, 2010: Sania Nishtar gives a talk on ‘Achieving universal health coverage: experiences of Pakistan’ at the Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. This is part of the Rockefeller Foundation global initiative on attaining universal coverage.

Pakistan: potential to achieve universal coverage for health

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May 14, 2010: Sania Nishtar has authored a chapter on ‘Pakistan: potential to achieve universal coverage for health’ in a book edited by Eduardo Missoni of the Bocconi University, Milan, Italy. The book is titled ‘Attaining Universal Health Coverage – a research initiative to support evidence-based advocacy and policy-making’ and has been published by EGEA, Italy (2010). This is part of a Rockefeller Foundation-funded programme to increase universal coverage for health.

Expert Working Group on R&D and Financing

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May 13, 2010: Sania Nishtar makes a presentation to the WHO Executive Board committee on the report of the Expert Working Group on R&D and Financing in Geneva, Switzerland.

Expert Working Group on R&D and Financing

Expert Working Group on R&D and Financing

Viewpoint 77: The penchant for provinces

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May 08, 2010: A viewpoint titled ‘The penchant for provinces’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints

Context: The renaming of a province in Pakistan has lent impetus to calls for creation of other provinces by various ethnic groups. Smaller sub-national units can improve governance and service delivery including health. This article explores whether this is a viable option for Pakistan in the current situation when there are so many competing priorities in hand.

Rockefeller Foundation Support to Heartfile Financing

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The Rockefellar foundation donates to Heartfile Health Financing, an mhealth enabled access to treatment initiative established by Heartfile. The donation will be used to treat poor patients at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Review of Choked Pipes by Shafqat Shahzad

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May 6, 2010: Review of ‘Choked Pipes’ by Shafqat Shahzad entitled ‘Transforming healthcare’ was published in The Friday Times, April 30-May 6, 2010. The author focused the discussion on the recommendations for reform. Full text is available here.

Seminar on Choked Pipes in Karachi

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May 5, 2010: Following the Karachi launch of ‘Choked Pipes,’ a technical seminar was held at the Ziauddin University, Karachi. The seminar was hosted by Professor Naeem Jaffery and was attended by a large number of academics. Sania Nishtar gave a talk on the book and interacted with the audience.

Choked Pipes launched in Karachi

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May 4, 2010: ‘Choked Pipes’ was launched in Karachi at a ceremony co-hosted by Oxford University Press, Murshid Hospital, and Heartfile at Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi. The event was marked by unprecedented attendance by intellectuals and received wide media coverage. Press clippings and videos of the event are accessible here.

Choked Pipes launched in Karachi

Heartfile Health Financing goes live

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May 02, 2010: The project has been launched in a pilot setting on March 29, 2010. The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences has been chosen as the first pilot site. Assistance will be made available to deserving patients in Cardiology and Orthopedic wards through our Health Equity Fund.

Choked Pipes on a popular TV show

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April 27, 2010: ‘Choked Pipes’ featured in Kamran Khan Show, a popular primetime programme aired on Geo TV. The programme is reputed for the cutting-edge investigative journalism and unearthing stoires of corruption in the country. The five-minute documentary, which can be accessed here, uses Choked Pipes as a peg to highlight pervasive corruption in the health sector.

Viewpoint 76: Parliamentary empirics

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April 24, 2010: A viewpoint titled ‘Parliamentary empirics’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints

Context: There is an expectation that the Parliament will perform better after introduction of the 18th Amendment. This comment reflects on the important role of parliamentary performance on state functioning and therefore the health sector.

Invited editorial on Choked Pipes

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April 20, 2010: The author of ‘Choked Pipes — Reforming Pakistan’s Mixed Health System’ was invited to write an editorial on the book in the Journal of Pakistan Medical Association in its April issue. The editorial is accessible at Choked Pipes

Book Review of ‘Choked Pipes’ by Dr. M Javaid Khan

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April 11, 2010: Review of ‘Choked Pipes’ by Dr. M Javaid Khan, published in The News International.  The author drew an analogy with an anecdote relating to a British field commander’s strategy in the 1800s to drive home a point emphasized in the book ‘stagnation leads to ruin’—therefore the rationale for reform. Full text is available here.

The WHO Consultation on the Review of International Experience in NCD Prevention and Control

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April 10, 2010: Sania Nishtar attends the WHO Consultation on the Review of International Experience in NCD Prevention and Control as an expert and speaker in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 8-10, 2010

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Viewpoint 75: Sanitizing the Constitution;

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April 09, 2010: A viewpoint titled ‘Sanitizing the Constitution’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints

The comment has been written in the context of the recent 18th Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan, which can create the right framework for better functioning of the state and hence better health delivery.

Viewpoint 74: On national security policy

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April 03, 2010: A viewpoint titled ‘On national security policy’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints

Context: National security is a holistic concept that also includes health security—something which the public health system has limited capacity to cope with. This comment analyzes how lack of policy continuity, amongst other factors, has eroded Pakistan’s efforts towards achieving sustainable state security.

Book Review of ‘Choked Pipes’ by Shahina Maqbool

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March 26, 2010: Review of ‘Choked Pipes’ by leading health journalist Shahina Maqbool was published in The News International, in its March 26, 2010 issue. The author used the international relevance of the publication as a peg for the review and drew attention in particular to a WHO seminar, which was held on March 3, 2010 to raise awareness about the book even before it was formally launched in Pakistan. The comprehensive piece can be accessed here.

Islamabad launch of ‘Choked Pipes’

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March 25, 2010: ‘Choked Pipes’ was unveiled by Oxford University Press at an exceptionally well-attended seminar held at Marriott, Islamabad. Panelists included Sartaj Aziz, former minister for foreign affairs, Ishrat Hussian, director of the Institute of Business Administration, Dr. Khalif Bile Mohamud, WHO Representative in Pakistan, Ejaz Raheem, former minister for health, Amena Sayyid, executive director of OUP, and the author Sania Nishtar. Press clippings and videos of the event are accessible here.

Islamabad launch of ‘Choked Pipes

Islamabad launch of ‘Choked Pipes

Viewpoint 73: National Health Policy 2010

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March 22, 2010: A viewpoint titled ‘National Health Policy 2010’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International on March 22, 2010. Full text is accessible here.

Context: Work on a new health policy has been ongoing for the last two years. This viewpoint outlines some key imperatives to be considered while formulating this policy, which will soon be presented to the Cabinet.

 

Scaling up financing for health

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March 20, 2010: A letter has been published in The Lancet (volume 375)in response to an article on the index subject by Fryatt R, Mills A, et al. The letter is accessible at Publications

Strengthening health systems in Asia conference

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March 18, 2010: Sania Nishtar participates in the ‘Strengthening health systems in Asia conference’ as a panelist through a video link; the conference was held in Singapore on March 18, 2010. Recorded comments accessible at Singapore 2010.

Viewpoint 72: The data-collection challenge

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March 17, 2010: A viewpoint titled ‘The data-collection challenge’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints.

Context: A draft bill to make the Federal Bureau of Statistics an independent body is set for presentation in the next parliamentary session. This comment analyzes the legislation in the context of the needed transformation in the working of the institution to strengthen its ability to collect and use data and evidence for policy.

Choked Pipes – seminar in Geneva

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March 3, 2010: An introductory Seminar was held on Choked Pipes on March 3, 2010 at the WHO headquarter in Geneva. A video of the event can be accessed here.

Introductory seminar on Choked Pipes in Geneva

Introductory seminar on Choked Pipes in Geneva

Seminar on ‘Choked Pipes’ in Geneva

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March 3, 2010: An introductory seminar on ‘Choked Pipes’ was organized by the World Health Organization, at WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. The event was hosted by Dr. Timothy Evans, Assistant Director General, and was co-chaired by him alongside Carissa Etienne, Assistant Director General WHO. After a presentation on the book by the author, a panel comprising four directors of WHO commented on the book. A large audience interacted with the panel. Video of the event is available here.

Book Review of ‘Choked Pipes’ by editor of Blue Chip Mashal Gauhar

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March 2, 2010: Review of ‘Choked Pipes’ by editor of Blue Chip Mashal Gauhar was published in Blue Chip, in its March 2010 issue. The reviewer primarily drew on the endorsements on the back cover of the book to highlight the importance of the publication. Full text is available here.

Viewpoint 70: Civil service reform revisited

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February 27, 2010: A viewpoint titled ‘Civil service reform revisited’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International on February 27, 2010. Full text is accessible here.

The comment is a response to the International Crisis Group’s report on civil service reform in Pakistan. It draws attention to past efforts and the importance of reform in this space to improve state governance.

Viewpoint 69: Separation of powers

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February 20, 2010: A viewpoint titled ‘Separation of powers’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International on February 20, 2010. Full text is accessible here 

Context: Institutional checks and balances can provide critical safeguards against potential abuse of power and can help institutionalize accountability. This comment reflects on a critical attribute of governance, which can have a knock-on effect on improvements in health systems.

Viewpoint 68: The taxonomy within FoDP; February 13, 2010

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A viewpoint titled ‘The taxonomy within FoDP’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International on February 13, 2010. Full text is accessible at View Points
This piece has been written after an invited presentation delivered by the author at a meeting of the Friends of Democratic Pakistan held in Dubai on January 26, 2010. The presentation highlighted public-private partnership opportunities which have both a public good character as well as present investment opportunities. The presentation was about the health sector. However, this comment is more generic in its outlook.

The taxonomy within FoDP

Article on Mixed Health Systems Syndrome; February 8, 2010

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The WHO Bulletin has published an article on the ‘Mixed Health Systems Syndrome’ by Sania Nishtar in its January 2010 issue. The piece is accessible at http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/88/1/09-067868/en/

Viewpoint 67: A poor man’s woes; February 6, 2010

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A viewpoint titled ‘A poor man’s woes’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International on February 6, 2010. Full text is accessible at View Points
This article has been written in response to an e-mail received by the author. The e-mail questioned the relevance of constitutional amendments to the life of a poor man. The article explains how broader structural state changes can affect the life of a common man.

Plenary Presentation at international meeting; January 29, 2010

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Dr. Sania Nishtar participates in the Prince Mahidhol Award Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand, on January 29, 2010. Plenary session panelist in the session entitled ‘Who does what to health information systems’ and Concurrent session panelist in the session entitled ‘Assessing health systems performance.

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The public-private niche in health – opportunities for the Friends of Democratic Pakistan

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At the January 26, 2010 meeting of the Friends of Democratic Pakistan, hosted by the government of Dubai to garner support for Pakistan, Sania Nishtar made the presentation for the health sector on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Pakistan, to outline health infrastructure projects, which can be financed through the public-private partnership route. Subsequent to this, an invited editorial has been published in the Journal of Pakistan Medical Association (May issue, volume 60), which has been co-authored by WHO Representative in Pakistan Khalif Bile Mohamud.

Viewpoint 66: The healthcare bill 2009; January 20, 2010

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A viewpoint titled ‘The healthcare bill 2009’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International on January 20, 2010. Full text is accessible at View Points
This comment is a critique of Punjab’s healthcare bill 2009, which has evolved subsequent to several instances of alleged medical negligence in Lahore. The comment discusses numerous policy and institutional implications of this bill and is an attempt to avert a confrontation between the government and the health community.

Viewpoint 64: Beyond the NFC Award; December 31, 2009

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December 31, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘Beyond the NFC Award’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at View Points
Context: The National Finance Commission Award is an important tool of fiscal federalism, which can pave the way for better federal-provincial relationships. It can increase financial resources for the provinces and can be an important health financing intervention. This comment explores the strategic imperatives and opportunities in this regard.

Viewpoint 63: Road to anti-corruption reform; December 19, 2009

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December 19, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘Road to anti-corruption reform’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at View Points
Context: After the Supreme Court’s ruling on the legal validity of the National Reconciliation Ordinance, interest in anti-corruption reform has burgeoned. This comment emphasizes why anti-corruption reform can be the entry point to addressing the many crises that the country is plagued with including poor service delivery and therefore, an under-performing health sector.

Viewpoint 62: The federation and provincial autonomy

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December 12, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘The federation and provincial autonomy’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at View Points
Context: The Balochistan package is an instrument of provincial autonomy, but as a package of measures, has its inherent limitations with respect to achieving the objectives stated therein. This comment explores how and why that is the case.

The Emerging Markets Symposium – An international meeting

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December 04, 2009: Dr. Sania Nishtar attends as an invited expert, ‘The Emerging Markets Symposium’ organized by Oxford University, Green Templeton College, in Oxford, UK, on December 4, 2009.

The Emerging Markets Symposium – An international meeting

The Emerging Markets Symposium – An international meeting

The 3rd Meeting of WHO Director General’s Expert Working Group on R&D Financing

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December 02, 2009: Dr. Sania Nishtar attends as a member of the Expert Working Group, the 3rd Meeting of WHO Director General’s Expert Working Group on R&D Financing, held in Geneva, Switzerland, from November 30-December 2, 2009.

Viewpoint 61: Amending the Constitution

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November 28, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘Amending Constitution’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints
Context: With the 18th Amendment to the Constitution now imminent, this comment explores the motivations for the past 17 constitutional amendments and how they failed to focus on subjects such as social and economic rights. The Pakistani constitution does not recognize the right to health, which is one of the key impediments to universal coverage reform.

World Economic Forum; November 20-22

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November 22, 2009: Dr. Sania Nishtar attends Summit of the Global Agenda Council, World Economic Forum as a member of the Global Agenda Council in Dubai, UAE, from November 20-22.

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World Economic Forum; November 20-22

Meeting in Cuba; November 16-20, 2009

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November 20, 2009: Dr. Sania Nishtar attends 13th Annual Meeting of the Global Forum for Health Research in Havana, Cuba, from November 16-20, 2009. Chairs launch of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research’s report entitled: Systems Thinking. Panelist at the Pre-Launch Preview of the self authored book ‘Choked Pipes;’ and panelist in the closing plenary. Recorded comments accessible at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvY1zupVQf8

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Meeting in Cuba; November 16-20, 2009

Preview of ‘Choked Pipes’ in Havana, November 18, 2009

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November 18, 2009: At the 13th Annual Meeting of the Global Forum for Health Research in Havana, Cuba, a preview of ‘Choked Pipes’ was held. Panelists included Adineke Grange, former minister of health of Nigeria, Keizo Takemi, deputy foreign minister of Japan, Rifat Atun, policy director at the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria, Stephen Matlin, executive director of the Global Forum for Health Research, Dr. Abdul Ghaffar, regional advisor-research, EMRO, and the author Sania Nishtar. Pictures of the event available at Choked Pipes
Preview of ‘Choked Pipes’ in Havana, November 18, 2009

Preview of ‘Choked Pipes’ in Havana

Viewpoint 60: The way forward—post-NRO

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November 07, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘The way forward—post-NRO’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints
Context: The government’s announcement to the effect that it will not seek validation of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) is a welcome decision in the aftermath of the NRO. This comment underlines the need to draw lessons from a systemic controversy and to use insights to develop an accountability framework in which safeguards are built against chances of exploitation and maneuverability in the future.

Viewpoint 59: Merging ministries

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October 31, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘Merging ministries’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints
Context: The IMF has stipulated that in order to curtail the fiscal deficit, establishment costs should be reduced and therefore 13 existing ministries should be merged with others. Ministries of health and population are two of these. Merger of these ministries is also a subject of great controversy within the context of the current health-population disconnect and its implications for reproductive health outcomes. This comment analyzes this subject

Plenary presentation at international meeting

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October 30, 2009: Sania Nishtar participates as a panelist through video link in the 7th Global Conference on Health Promotion, held in Nairobi, Kenya, from October 26-30, 2009. Panelist at the plenary session entitled ‘Convergent strategies, divergent histories, emergent opportunities: health promotion, the social determinants of health and primary health care.’ Recorded comments accessible at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H-z1muiMUA and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dAqVYlIxA0

Viewpoint 58: Aid empirics

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October 22, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘Aid empirics’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International on October 22, 2009. Full text is accessible at viewpoints
The comment presents a debate about the value of aid to Pakistan in the context of the discussions regarding the Kerry Lugar Bill under the arrangements of which the United States has pledged substantial foreign assistance to Pakistan

Meeting in Chile; October 19–21, 2009

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October 21, 2009: Sania Nishtar attends planning meeting of the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, as a member of Scientific Advisory Committee in Puyuhuapy, Chile, from October 19–21, 2009.

Meeting in Chile; October 19–21, 2009

Meeting in Chile; October 19–21, 2009

Board meeting of AHPSR

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October 14, 2009: Sania Nishtar attends meeting of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research as a member of the Board in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 13-14, 2009.

Viewpoint 57: Freedom of information—oxygen of democracy; October 12, 2009

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October 12, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘Freedom of information—oxygen of democracy’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints
The comment is a review of Pakistan’s legislative framework regarding freedom of information. It underscores the importance of updating Pakistan’s existing 2002 FoI Ordinance in order to improve access to information and disclosure, which can enable public discourse in larger national interest on issues of governance.

Institutional mergers in Pakistan

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September 30, 2009: A special supplement of the Journal of Pakistan Medical Association was dedicated to the review article on ‘Synergizing health and population in Pakistan’ by Sania Nishtar and Saba Amjad. The article is an important health systems research-to-policy piece, which is being viewed with great interest in the policy-making circles in Pakistan. The supplement is accessible at Publications

Viewpoint 56: Is aid the answer?

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September 28, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘Is aid the answer’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints
Context: A meeting of the Friends of Democratic Pakistan has been convened on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Participants signaled support to Pakistan, particularly under the framework of the Kerry Lugar Bill. Within this context, this comment explores the value that aid per se can bring to improving development outcomes in Pakistan

Viewpoint 55: Constitutional amendments

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September 19, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘Constitutional amendments’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International on September 19, 2009. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints
Context: The Principles of Policy of Pakistan’s constitution have not been updated since 1973. This article focuses on the need to revisit these principles in line with contemporary considerations in view of the forthcoming parliamentary discussions on the 18th Amendment to Pakistan’s constitution. This discussion has a bearing on social sector governance in the country.

Viewpoint 54: Governance—through the sugar-crisis lens

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September 16, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘Governance—through the sugar-crisis lens’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints
Context: Eighteen women succumbed to death while striving for a bag of sugar in Karachi last week. This comment explains the pervasive nexus of collusion that has led to the sugar crisis. Such collusive behaviours are deeply entrenched and plague every sector of the state including the health system

Comment in The Lancet

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September 05, 2009: Some members of the WHO’s Maximizing Positive Synergies Collaborative Group including Sania Nishtar of Heartfile have published a comment on the Venice Statement on global health initiatives and health systems in The Lancet. Lancet 2009; 374(9692): 783-4

International meeting

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August 28, 2009: Dr. Sania Nishtar attends PepsiCo Global Health Policy meeting in New York, USA, on August 27-28, 2009. Attends the meeting as a member of PepsiCo’s Global Health Advisory Committee.

Viewpoint 53: Nuancing national security

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August 22, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘Nuancing national security’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints
This is a commemorative comment to mark Pakistan’s 62nd independence day. The point that is being made is that security is a holistic concept, which includes socio-economic and environmental, demographic, food, water, and health security aspects. Therefore the need for a broader vision of security is needed in Pakistan

Viewpoint 52: Anti-corruption reform

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August 15, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘Anti-corruption reform’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International on August 15, 2009. Full text is accessible at viewpoints
Context: Transparency International’s report featuring citizens’ perceptions on the level of corruption has just been released. There are many viewpoints circulating about the methodology adopted. This comment aims to outline the challenges in corruption empirics. It also underscores the salience of anti-corruption reforms.

Viewpoint 51: Devolution reform

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August 08, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘Devolution reform’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints
Context: The fate of the devolution initiative (local government system) is undecided and is impacting the functioning of every sector including health. Opinions are based on anecdotal reports, perceptions and observations. This comment is aimed at drawing attention to the need for impartiality and evidence-guiding decision making in relation to a way forward.

Comment in The Lancet

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August 01, 2009: The Lancet has published a comment on the important subject of the role of the private sector in health systems. Members of the Working Group on the role of private sector in health systems of the Rockefeller Foundation were co-authors. Reference:

Lagomarsino G, de Ferranti D, Pablos-Mendez A, Nachuk S, Nishtar S, Wibulpolprasert S. Public stewardship of mixed health systems. Lancet 2009 Nov 7;374(9701): 1577-8

Viewpoint 50: Judicialization of rights

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July 25, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘Judicialization of rights’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International on July 25, 2009. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints
Context: This comment has evolved in the context of the recent advent of judicial activism in Pakistan, progressive court decisions in the country, and the trend towards judicialization of rights. Ideally, this should have a knock-on effect on social rights and health rights in particular.

Key note address

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July 25, 2009: Sania Nishtar gives a plenary talk at the Asian Institute of Technology Professional Development course on ‘Enabling Effective District Leadership for Reproductive Health in Pakistan, held in Klong Luang, Thailand, from July 19-25, 2009. Title of the talk: ‘Health Policy Challenge in Pakistan.’

Viewpoint 49: The IDP-governance link

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July 16, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘The IDP-governance link’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International on July 16, 2009. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints
Context: As the theater of war in the Northern Areas of the country has widened, a humanitarian crisis has been precipitated with a mass exodus of over 2 million internally displaced people. This comment is an attempt to underscore certain key shortcomings of governance in terms of their implications for management of the crisis

Addressing Non-Communicable Diseases and Injuries

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July 08, 2009: Sania Nishtar attends as an invited expert, the United Nations Economic and Social Council Ministerial roundtable breakfast on ‘Addressing Non-Communicable Diseases and Injuries,’ held in Geneva, Switzerland, on July 7-8, 2009.

Viewpoint 48: Budget 2009-10 and the health sector

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July 06, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘budget 2009-10 and the health sector’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints
The budget has just been announced and the health sector has been marked by six policy highlights in the expansionary fiscal policy adopted by the government. This comment touches upon the context of each fiscal policy dimension.

Positive Synergies report published in The Lancet

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June 30, 2009: The World Health Organization’s Maximizing Positive Synergies Collaborative Group has published its landmark report in The Lancet titled ‘An assessment of interactions between global health initiatives and country health systems.’ Sania Nishtar was part of the group and a co-author of the paper. Lancet 2009;20(373):2137-69

Maximizing Positive Synergies between Global Health Initiatives and Health Systems

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June 23, 2009: Sania Nishtar attends the World Health Organization’s high-level dialogue on ‘Maximizing Positive Synergies between Global Health Initiatives and Health Systems,’ held in Venice Italy, on June 22-23, 2009. Attends the meeting as Chair of the Drafting Committee of the Venice Statement on Health Systems and Global Health Initiatives. Also presents the final recommendations at the concluding session.

Maximizing Positive Synergies between Global Health Initiatives and Health Systems

Maximizing Positive Synergies between Global Health Initiatives and Health Systems

Viewpoint 47: Equity, social justice and social sector

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June 22, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘Equity, social justice and social sector’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints
The purpose of this comment is to bring to the fore, some considerations relevant to equity, social justice and social sector, with a view to generating a debate on the subject, within the context of the forthcoming parliamentary sessions that will now convene to deliberate on the Finance Bill 2009-10

Viewpoint 46: Budget 2009-10 and the public-private mantra

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June 11, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘Budget 2009-10 and the public-private mantra’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints
With Budget 2009-10 just around the corner, the purpose of this comment is to draw attention to the related issues of strengthening the public-private interface as a policy option to assist the government in achieving the development objectives envisaged in the budget.

Viewpoint 45: Institutionalizing accountability?

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May 25, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘Institutionalizing accountability’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints.
Context: The Holders of Public Offices (Accountability) Act 2009, which currently exists as a Bill, is to be introduced in the National Assembly. This comment underscores the importance of seven points in relation to the proposed statute with the hope that the nation will pay greater attention to the subject.

Global Initiatives, Health System Strengthening and Universal Health Coverage

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May 16, 2009: Sania Nishtar participates in consultation on ‘Global Initiatives, Health System Strengthening and Universal Health Coverage,’ held in Geneva, Switzerland. Attends the meeting as a member of the Results for Development and Rockefeller Foundation’s Working Group on Private Sector in Health Systems.

Viewpoint 44: A Marshall Plan?

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April 28, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘A Marshall Plan?’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International on April 28, 2009. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints

Context: The donor’s conference in Tokyo concluded on April 17 with a 5.28 Billion US $ pledge in economic assistance to Pakistan. A number of references have been made to this forthcoming package of assistance as being analogous to the Marshall Plan. This comment explains why comparable impact is unlikely for a number of reasons.

Redesigning Health Systems in a Changing World

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April 28, 2009: Sania Nishtar attends the 12th World Congress on Public Health, held in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 27-28, 2009. Talk in the plenary session entitled ‘Redesigning Health Systems in a Changing World.’ Title of the talk: ‘Strengthening the Evidence Base of Health Reform in Pakistan: Implications for the Global Community.’

The WHO’s Implementers Consortium on Maximizing Positive Synergies between Health Systems and Global Health Initiatives

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April 24, 2009: Sania Nishtar participates in a meeting of the World Health Organization’s Implementers Consortium on Maximizing Positive Synergies between Health Systems and Global Health Initiatives, held in Chiangmai, Thailand, on April 23-24, 2009. Attends the meeting as a member of WHO’s Maximizing Positive Synergies Group.

Prevention, Implementation and Health Systems Strengthening

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April 14, 2009: Sania Nishtar participates in Institute of Medicine Committee on Preventing the Global Epidemic of Cardiovascular Disease: Meeting the Challenges in Developing Countries, held in Washington DC, USA, from April 12-14, 2009. Talk in the plenary: ‘Prevention, Implementation and Health Systems Strengthening.’ Talk entitled ‘Chronic Disease Management in Health Care Systems in Middle- and Low-Income Countries.’

Viewpoint 43: The White Paper and the question of aid effectiveness

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April 11, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘The White Paper and the question of aid effectiveness’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International. Full text is accessible at Viewpoints

Context: The White House has recently released a White Paper on US policy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, articulating a number of geo-political and development imperatives for the region. This comment will focus only on the dimension related to development assistance within the contemporary realm of aid effectiveness.

4th Expert Consultation on WHO’s Maximizing Positive Synergies between Health Systems and Global Health Initiatives

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March 27, 2009: Sania Nishtar attends 4th Expert Consultation on World Health Organization’s Maximizing Positive Synergies between Health Systems and Global Health Initiatives, held in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 26-27, 2009. Attends the meeting as a member of WHO’s Maximizing Positive Synergies Group.

South Asian Regional Ministerial Meeting

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March 18, 2009: Sania Nishtar attends the South Asian Regional Ministerial Meeting in support of the 2009 Economic and Social Council’s Annual Ministerial Review, organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Council, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from March 16-18, 2009. Talk in the plenary session entitled ‘New Initiatives to Finance Health Care—Heartfile’s Health Equity Project.

New peer reviewed publication

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March 6, 2009: Just published. Nishtar S. How important are health systems in the prevention of cardiovascular and other non-communicable diseases? Nat Clin Pract Cardiovasc Med. 2009;6(3):170-1

Maximizing Positive Synergies between Global Health Initiatives and Health Systems

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February 18, 2009: Sania Nishtar attends the World Health Organization’s meeting on the Lancet Series on ‘Maximizing Positive Synergies between Global Health Initiatives and Health Systems,’ held in Rome, Italy, from February 16-18, 2009. Attends the meeting as a member of WHO’s Maximizing Positive Synergies Group.

Second consultation on the draft

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February 14, 2009: Second consultation on the draft of the Report entitled‘Institutional Integration of Population and Health in Pakistan’ was held at Heartfile Office, Islamabad.

Context: With former deputy secretary finance Dr. Siraj-ud-Din in the chair, the second consultation on the draft report was attended by a significant number of participants representing the Planning Commission, LEAD Pakistan, HSA, Sirkat Gah, Helping Hands, Mustashar, Packard, The Population Council, UNFPA, as well as freelance consultants in the development sector.

Viewpoint 42: The fight against spurious drugs

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February 14, 2009: A viewpoint titled ‘The fight against spurious drugs’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International on February 14, 2009. Full text is accessible here.

Context: The menace of spurious drugs has attracted attention of the superior judiciary, which has initialized suo moto action against spurious drugs. This comment addresses the range of governance and regulatory challenges which are responsible for this problem in Pakistan.

International meeting; January 29-30, 2009

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Dr. Sania Nishtar participates in a consultation of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Working Group on Private Sector in Health Systems at the Price Mahidhol Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand, on January 29-30, 2009. Attends the symposium as a member of the Working Group.

Viewpoint 41: Restructuring and reforming NAB; January 27, 2009

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A viewpoint titled ‘Restructuring and reforming NAB’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International on January 27, 2009. Full text is accessible  here.
Context: The government is on its way to revamping the country’s accountability infrastructure and statutes. This comment underscores a few points to make sure that this is not just a switch of acronyms but is substantial institutional restructuring towards fostering accountability and transparency within the country, a core attribute of good governance.

Viewpoint 40: Financial crisis, social unrest and reform; January 5, 2009

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A viewpoint titled ‘Financial crisis, social unrest and reform’ by Sania Nishtar has been published in The News International on January 5, 2009. Full text is accessible at Viewpoint
Context: The risk of catastrophic expenditures on health in China is constraining the ability of its population to spend with consequent negative impact on the economy during the financial crisis. The situation in China and Pakistan vis-à-vis the financial crisis is not comparable; notwithstanding, there are important reasons for drawing this analogy for the health and broader social sector.

Health systems issues in implementation

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December 05, 2008: Dr. Sania Nishtar attends expert consultation on Research Agendas in Global Health Systems, organized by Harvard University, in Boston, USA, from December 3-5, 2008. Talk in the plenary session entitled ‘Health systems issues in implementation.’

Provincial consultation on the draft

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November 06, 2008: The first consultation on the draft of the Report entitled ‘Synergizing Population and Health in Pakistan’ was held at Avari Hotel, Lahore.
Context:  the meeting was chaired by Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro Director for Population and RH program Packard Foundation. The purpose was to build consensus on the draft report through mutual consultations. The participants included representatives of BRAC, AKU, The Pop Council, FALAH, Mustashar, PRSP, FPAP, Aurat Foundation, KE University, Shirkat Gah, Pakistan Society for Planned Parenthood, Packard, MoPW, Family Health International, Punjab PWD, and Friends of Health Care.