Universal Children’s Day – A reality check

November 20 has been marked by the United Nations as Universal Children’s Day to promote awareness and well being of children worldwide. Historically, on this day in 1959, the Declaration of the Rights of the Child was signed and the Convention of the Rights of the Child was also signed on this day in 1989. A young […]


The elimination of global hunger – Is there hope?

World Food Day, which took place on the 16th October, was a day to reflect on global hunger and undernourishment  and the challenges posed by food insecurity on economies worldwide. . Building upon the World Food Summit pledge in 1996, world leaders at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000 vowed to half the proportion of people […]


Ageing: A challenge, an opportunity and a triumph

This year, UNFPA and HelpAge International jointly contributed to a report that analyses the impact of ageing in the twenty-first century and puts forward policy recommendations to maximize the opportunity of ageing populations in developing and developed world contexts. The data and statistics presented predict that by the year 2050, 2 billion people will be […]


Heartfile’s 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment

At the end of September, our President and Founder Dr Sania Nishtar spent an inspiring few days at the eighth annual Clinton Global Initiative Meeting in New York. It was a meeting of minds where over 1,000 global leaders, CEOs, scientists, philanthropists, innovators, NGOs and journalists convened to forge solutions to the world’s most pressing […]


Global Traction Towards Universal Health Coverage

Global traction towards Universal Health Coverage has resonated since the release of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Health Report 2010, where the Director General of the WHO, Margaret Chan stated that “Universal Health Coverage is the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer.” This year, the world’s premier health journal, the Lancet launched its special series on […]


Zain Ullah’s Story

On Friday, September 21st, 2012, a nationwide protest, ‘Ishq-e-Rasool’ against the anti-Muhamad video-maker resulted in unrest across Pakistan with 20 casualties and over 200 injuries. That afternoon, Zain Ullah was leaving work to go home to avoid the raging crowd. He didn’t make it home as he was shot in the leg while another person died […]


Social Health Insurance in NWFP – the steps ahead

A news feature in The NEWS on April the 4th has outlined the NWFP Department of Health’s intent to launch a social health insurance scheme for the province. Aimed at improving access of the marginalized to health services, this is, in principle, a step in the right direction as it potentially offers a ‘health systems’ […]


The Gateway Paper – towards a health systems reform

R eleased on January 9, 2006, the first publication of Pakistan’s Health Policy Forum (PHPF), the Gateway Paper entitled “Health Systems in Pakistan – a Way Forward” is set within a broad context. A context relevant to health on the one hand and one that cross cuts with broader social sector issues, inter-sectoral processes and […]