Authors: Els Torreele, Christine McNab, Olusoji Adeyi, Roxana Bonnell, Mandeep Dhaliwal, Fatima Hassan, Michel Kazatchkine, Hani Kim, Jerome Kim, Helena Legido-Quigley, Joanne Liu, Sania Nishtar, Kiat Ruxrungtham, Petro Terblanche, Eloise Todd, Marcos da Silva Freire, Germán Velásquez, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Helen Clark,.
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Subsidy Gone Wrong
Article in Lancet co-authored with Helen Clark
14th March 2023: Lancet has published a comment, “It is time for ambitious, transformational change to the epidemic countermeasures ecosystem”. This is authored by Helen Clark, Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar, Marcos da Silva Freire, Petro Terblanche and other members of the group.
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.
Keynote address at the Health Science Research Assembly
1st March 2023: Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar was invited to keynote the 14th Health Science Research Academy. The event was hosted by Aga Khan University. Dr. Sania shared lessons and experiences from Ehsaas programme.
Ehsaas 2047 documentary released online
27th February 2023: A documentary titled, “Ehsaas 2047” has been released. Narrated by Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar and filmed on locations across Pakistan, the documentary centers on beneficiaries of various components of Ehsaas Programme and gathers testimonials from them focusing on the benefits of specific interventions.The documentary can be accessed here: https://www.ehsaas2047.com/documentaries
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: