Great applause for Sania Nishtar’s WHO DG election campaign


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


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.


European Public Health Alliance’s (EPHA) 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