Heartfile Health Financing story of Anayat

According to the UNFPA, every day 20,000 girls under the age of 18 give birth in developing countries.  There are in effect 20,000 dire untold stories of gender inequity, malnutrition, survival and even abuse. Anayat’s is one such story of survival, selflessness and cultural pressure. It is the story of needless suffering of a woman, […]


Dr. Sania Nishtar’s speech from the International Anti-corruption Day Celebration at the Asian Development Bank

Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, a very good morning. Let me begin by congratulating the Asian Development Bank for their focus on anticorruption and transparency. You need to be congratulated for observing this week so seriously, for the institutional arrangements and policy frameworks that have been put in place for the work that your missions […]


Levels and Trends in Child Mortality Report 2013

As the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals is fast approaching, the global development organizations are synchronizing their efforts to report their achievements in development. In the context of MDG 4 which pertains to maternal, newborn child healthcare, the global partners, WHO, UNICEF, World Bank Group, and UN-DESA Population Division jointly released the Levels and […]


Measles Outbreak: a need for action

After water and sanitation, childhood immunization is considered to be the greatest public health intervention, saving millions of lives each year.  Childhood vaccination is one of the simplest and the most cost-effective objective of an efficient health system. Yet the recent havoc that Measles has played in Pakistan tells a different story. It undermines the […]


Book launch of Capturing the Demographic Dividend in Pakistan

Pakistan is one of the fastest growing nations in the world. It risks being the fifth most populous country in the world, given the current status of the rapid population growth according to a report by UNFPA. Rapid population growth poses an economic challenge to a country as it requires more resources for sustainable development. […]


Cervical Cancer Crisis Card launched

New Government must tackle cervical cancer that Crisis Card shows kills 7,000 women Pakistan every year from cervical cancer. Australia provides a global model to tackle the disease. More women die of cervical cancer in India than anywhere in the world. India along with China, Brazil, Bangladesh and Nigeria represent over 50% of the global […]


The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World

Launched on March 14, 2013, the 2013 Human Development Report titled “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World” highlights a heartening global development. It particularly examines 40 countries, especially the countries that have made a notable progress in the South including India, China and Brazil (in addition to Indonesia, South America […]


The Power of the first hour

In 2011, 6.9 million children died before they reached their fifth birthday. Perhaps not surprising in itself, until one considers the fact that 22% of newborn deaths could be prevented if breastfeeding started in the first hour after birth. Moreover, 92 million children under six months of age – two out of three babies – […]