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Women Leader’s summit 

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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Women Leader’s summit 

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

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

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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