“There have few innovators in health policy who’ve had more impact than Sania Nishtar, the founder of Heartfile.” Judith Rodin, former president of the University of Pennsylvania, tells Nishtar’s story at the Launch of the Women in the world Foundation


“This book represents a watershed in framing developing country health reform as a step towards realizing the right to health.” -Mary Robinson; Former President of Ireland and President, Realising Rights: The Ethical Globalisation Initiative Endorsement on Sania Nisthar’s recent book, Choked Pipes


“Choked Pipes is a magisterial book intended not for the day but responds to the needs of an era, written not for a single country but relevant for the intractable health problems of the developing world. Beyond the sumptuous assembly of evidence, presented is the analytical strategy of a doer. The importance of Nishtar’s achievement is that reform flows from the inner moral values that aim to make a social order more equitable and just.” -Bernard Lown; Professor Emeritus Harvard University and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1985) Endorsement on Sania Nisthar’s recent book, Choked Pipes


“Beyond her erudition on the avenues for health reform in Pakistan and other developing countries, Nishtar demonstrates a commitment to her people and to society which reminds us of a modern Virchow. As the saying goes, it is better to light a candle than curse in the darkness.” Ariel Pablos-Mendez; Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation Endorsement on Sania Nisthar’s recent book, Choked Pipes


“Nishtar’s cogent and comprehensive analysis will guide reforms not only of Pakistan’s health system but provides invaluable insights and lessons for countries around the world. Such in-depth and high quality research is ushering in a new global science of health systems.” Timothy Evans; Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization Endorsement on Sania Nisthar’s recent book, Choked Pipes


“A great read on an awesome topic imbedded in reality, framed in scholarship, and full of practical relevance to real world health systems strengthening…the book demonstrates how sound analysis can pinpoint problems and offer solutions.” Lincoln Chen; Chairman, China Medical Board Endorsement on Sania Nisthar’s recent book, Choked Pipes


“There is urgent need for better knowledge on how to strengthen health systems, and given variation across countries in many critical elements, this knowledge is best built up from detailed analytical country studies. This book represents an important contribution to the global knowledge base on health systems, especially in its detailed analysis of the Pakistani health system and recognition of the fundamental importance of political processes in improving performance.” Anne Mills; Head, Department of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Endorsement on Sania Nisthar’s recent book, Choked Pipes


WHO DG election: selected media coverage about Sania Nishtar

Future of Health: A Call for Leadership from the Western Pacific Region Sobserver, 14 April 2017

Commentary: The future of the WHO: A call for leadership from Latin America and the Caribbean Caribbean News, 1 April 2017

Winds of Change at WHO Health Sciences, 20 Jan 2017

As member-states elect the next WHO leader The Guardian, 19 April 2017

Opinion: Who should lead WHO (pt 2 of 3)? Why I support Pakistan’s “Great Reformer” PLOS 17 April 2017

Pakistani doctor vying for the top WHO job has merit Gulf Times, 5 May 2017

Why my former boss is the right pick to reform the World Health Organization Medium, 22 April 2017

Health leadership in a multipolar world: A view from Europe Euractiv, 9 May 2017

Taking the fight to cancer,other diseases essential Gulf Times, 13 May 2017

Pakistan calls upon women of the world to support Sania Nishtar’s candidacy for DG WHO ARY News, 18 May 2017

Filming the Challenges and Changes In The Battle For Gender Equality The World Post, 18 May 2017

DRC Ebola Outbreak Lessons West Africa Vanguard 17 May 2107

Why I’m backing Dr Sania Nishtar The News, 20 May 2017

Tribute to Sania Nishtar’s fight The News, 5 June 2017

Sania Nishtar is the health leader that the world needs The Lancet, 18 May 2017

Thank You, Dr. Nishtar The Express Tribune, 30 May 2017

Dr Sania Nishtar — a public health role model Daily Times, 5 June 2017

Dear World Health Organization: It’s Time for a Change Medium, 20 May 2017