Twin opeds on addressing corruption


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
The Road to anti-corruption


Advisory Board meeting of the EAT initiative


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.


Impact Summit of the World Economic Forum


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.


Sun Lead group meeting in New York


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.


Keynote speech at the Launch of the Access to Treatment for NCDs Alliance


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.


Keynote Speech at the European Public Health Alliance’s 8th annual conference


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


Keynote address at the Circulatory Summit in Singapore


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.