The future of healthcare: reflections from a WEF session

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On Sept 9, 2015, I moderated a World Economic Forum panel discussion on the future of healthcare in Dalian, China. The panel drew on a wide range of expertise. With Minister Subramarian from Malaysia, Daljit Singh from the corporate world in India, Professor Thomas Insel, Director of the United States’ National Institute of Mental Health […]


World Cancer Day 2015: Statistics, facts and ‘Not Beyond Us’ theme

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World Cancer Day, observed annually on 4 February, is dedicated to raising awareness of cancer and encouraging its prevention, detection and treatment. Cancers are among the leading causes of death worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths in 2012. Yet thanks to breakthroughs in research and treatment, cancer survival rates […]


Summit on the Global Agenda 2014

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For the last seven years, every November, around 800 thought leaders from around the world convene in the United Arab Emirates for the World Economic Forum’s Summit on the Global Agenda. Knitted as a global knowledge network of around 80 Global Agenda Councils on a wide range of subjects, the event is widely recognized as […]


Sania Nishtar’s Comments on the Round table on post 2015 at the International Conference on Nutrition, Rome, Italy November 19, 2014

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Non-communicable disease is a collective name for four major diseases, CVD, diabetes, some cancers and chronic lung conditions These 4 diseases, are linked by 4 lifestyle and four biological risks. Diet is one of them This afternoon, I would like to make 4 points about the relevance of NCDs to the global development agenda First, […]


World Diabetes Day 2014

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World Diabetes Day is commemorated globally every year on the 14th of November, the date Frederick Banting (The doctor who discovered Insulin in 1921) was born. The day was celebrated this year by various public and private organizations and institutions in Pakistan. According to WHO, globally there are 347 million people living with diabetes. World […]


World Pneumonia Day 2014

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On November 12, 2014, the world observes World Pneumonia Day. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that is usually caused by bacteria or viruses. Children are more susceptible to pneumonia and usually present with fever, cough, breathing difficulty or loss of appetite. Globally, pneumonia causes more deaths than any other infectious disease. This is […]


State of the World’s Midwifery 2014

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The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000. All 191 UN member states have committed to achieve these goals by the year 2015 and to combat issues such as poverty, hunger and disease. MDG 4 and 5 aim to reduce […]


A personal story to mark World Sight Day

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October 9th 2014 is marked as World Sight Day, a day to focus international attention on blindness and vision impairment. On the occasion of World Sight Day, I’d like to share my story about sight. I will connect it to the eye-care situation in Pakistan and hope that it will inspire more interest and efforts […]


Access to Pharmacists is Access to Health  

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As designated by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Council 25th September marks the annual World Pharmacists Day. Pharmacy is the health profession that links the health sciences with the basic sciences, committed to ensuring the safe and effective use of medication. Historically from medication, compounding and dispensing, the role of pharmacists globally has transformed over […]


The Girl Summit 2014 and the Girls Declaration

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“I was not put on this earth to be invisible” “I was not born to be denied” Two statements from the powerful Girls Declaration at the conclusion of the Girls Summit 2014. The Summit ended in London with hundreds of millions of pounds committed in an effort to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, […]