Snapshots from the 13th CVD News Brief

A study conducted in eight schools of Amsterdam shows that the replacement of sugar- sweetened drinks with non-caloric, sugar-free drinks can reduce weight gain among healthy children. The results of the Double-blind, Randomized Intervention Study in Kids (DRINK) have been summarized in the 13th issue of the CVD News Brief, along with findings of numerous […]


Bridging the health financing gap

Innovative financing mechanisms were born out of a need to achieve the MDGs, and gained prominence in 2002, following the International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, N.L., Mexico. Despite increased health-oriented development assistance over the last decade – and encouraging progress towards meeting the health MDGs – in 2011, the rate of funding from […]


The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010)

Non-communicable diseases, such as heart diseases and cancer, are the primary cause of disability and death worldwide today, signifying a demonstrable shift in the nature of global health. This is just one of several pivotal conclusions which have emerged from the Global Burden of Disease, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010 (GBD 2010). The study, […]


World Malaria Report: An overview

Global funding gaps and slackness in the delivery of some live-saving commodities threaten to reverse the remarkable gains achieved in the prevention and control of malaria during the past decade, states the Global Malaria Report 2012. Released on December 17, 2012, the report highlights the progress made towards achieving global malaria targets and describes current […]


Launch of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010: Session 4

The launch of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 was held at the Royal Society in London on December 14th, 2012. Our President chaired the fourth session, a summary of which appears below: Sania Nishtar’s opening remarks Describes the GBD 2010 report as “a global public good”. Says it is going to catalyse some very […]


Prevention and control of NCDs

An important set of guidelines have been published by the World Health Organization, relevant to the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in primary low-resource health care settings. The guidelines can be accessed here. 


International Profiles of Health Care Systems 2012

The Commonwealth Fund’s recent publication, authored by Thomson, Osborn, Squires, and Jun, which profiles Health Care Systems of selected countries is available online at http://bit.ly/UqUnJ6 -Ends- Mariam Malik (Blog moderator) Senior Research and Communications Associate Heartfile


Mukhtiaran Bibi’s story

Mukhtiaran Bibi is a sixty-year old diabetic patient suffering from high blood pressure. Her case is a prime example of how poverty and social inequality and exclusion can be detrimental for patients in Pakistan living in such circumstances.  Over the years, her condition has deteriorated, so much so that she requires a permanent pace-maker to […]


Akhtar’s Story

Akhtar is a middle aged man who works as a prisoners’ driver and only makes Rs. 8,000 a month. He is the only breadwinner for his family of eight which includes his elderly mother, his wife, three daughters (of marriageable ages) and two sons. His only asset is his ‘kachha’ two-room ancestral home where he […]