About Us

Heartfile is a non-profit NGO think tank with a focus on policy analysis and innovative solutions for improving health systems in Pakistan. Here at Heartfile, we seek to act with integrity, to be inclusive, and to work co-operatively while retaining our independence at all times.

Heartfile was established by Dr Sania Nishtar, Founder and President in 1998.

Our focus

Analysis and advocacy at the health policy and systems level: we focus on analyzing health systems’ policies and strengthening the evidence base of health reform. By offering evidence-based locally feasible solutions, we strive to catalyze change in the health system in order to improve healthcare quality and its access in developing countries. We also provide an independent voice for the protection and promotion of health.

Innovative solutions for improving health systems: we develop and deploy innovative solutions for health systems’ strengthening. The Heartfile Health Financing project and Heartfile’s work in non-communicable diseases is part of this approach. Heartfile Health Financing is an mHealth enabled social protection systems which enables financial access of the poorest of the poor to healthcare. As a “development initiative” it is Heartfile’s practical entry point to health reform, whereas as a “humanitarian initiative” it protects people from medical impoverishment, indebtedness and forgoing care altogether.


Our vision is a future in which the entire population of Pakistan has an equal opportunity to attain the highest possible level of health and well-being. In this future:


Values and principles


Notable achievements




View Heartfile factsheet here.