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It is time for ambitious, transformational change to the epidemic countermeasures ecosystem

Authors: Els TorreeleChristine McNabOlusoji AdeyiRoxana Bonnell, Mandeep Dhaliwal, Fatima Hassan, Michel Kazatchkine, Hani KimJerome KimHelena Legido-QuigleyJoanne LiuSania NishtarKiat RuxrungthamPetro TerblancheEloise ToddMarcos da Silva FreireGermán VelásquezEllen Johnson SirleafHelen Clark,.

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Keynote speech at the Convocation of Namal University

12th March 2023: Dr Sania Nishtar was invited to keynote the Convocation ceremony of Namal University in Mianwali, Pakistan. Namal University is a one of a kind University where the expenses of more than 95% of the students are underwritten by the university. In her address, she stressed the upon the importance of contribution to nation building during the current crises which Pakistan is faced with.

 Rs. 2.4 million cash distributed among Ehsaas Rehribaans

10th March 2023: A ceremony was held in I-10 Markaz Islamabad wherein cash grant worth Rs. 2.4 million was distributed among 28 Ehsaas Rehribaans. Their vending carts had been destroyed by the government and authorities in Islamabad. Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar was the chief guest at the event. The cash assistance for Rehribaan was donated by Pakistanis in Dubai and fundraising was done by Dr. Hadia.

President Arif Alvi launches Ehsaas 2047 documentary

23rd February 2023: Ehsaas 2047 documentary got screened at the President’s House in the presence of the Honorable President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi. The documentary captured Pakistan’s historic effort towards creating a welfare state through Ehsaas programme.

Op-ed on Targeting Subsidies

21st February 2023: In an Op-ed published in The News International, Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar shared insights on how Ehsaas built an ecosystem to enable targeting of subsidies to benefit the poor, rather than the untargeted trillions from which the elite currently benefit. She emphasized that far from dismantling it, now more than ever we need to consolidate Ehsaas’ system.

Digital Payment Systems could revolutionize healthcare: Sania argues in Project Syndicate

21st February 2023: Project Syndicate has published an article penned by Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar on digital payments, and how they can serve as the backbone on which new systems can be built: systems that deliver, and where transparency and accountability are hardwired. The article can be accessed here: