A personal story to mark World Sight Day

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 […]


Youth ASK Leadership Conclave

Pakistan is 6th most populous country in the world with a population of 188 Million. 33 percent of this vast population constitutes adolescents who lack basic information and knowledge regarding their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The role of young people has not only become important but vital for Pakistan’s future development and sustainability […]


Rethinking the fight against drug abuse

Zaeem wakes up at the break of dawn. After a quick shower at a local mosque, he gathers his tools and waits outside the G-11 markaz for someone to approach him for household maintenance work. A hashish smoker from his early teens, Zaeem, now 45, is as functional and productive as most people who have […]


Vacancy: Six month post Policy and Advocacy Assistant UNFPA

UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) is looking for a young professional with a relevant Masters Degree and one or two years work experience to work on a 6 month assignment as Policy and Advocacy Assistant to the Representative. This is a busy and critical year for UNFPA with several major global events taking place of […]


The Right to Reproductive Healthcare in Pakistan: The Voice of Women

This comment summarizes the key findings of the captioned report. The full report can be accessed here. As a context it is important to recognize that Pakistan’s slow progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 is reflected in its high burden of maternal and child mortality, third highest on the international platform.  The […]


Health promotion through eHealth: The case of mDiabetes in Senegal

Recently a post on the WHO website caught my eye. The title is self explanatory. “Mobile phones help people with diabetes to manage fasting and feasting during Ramadan”. We at Heartfile are heavily engaged in the use of mobile phones, with Heartfile Health Financing (HHF) which is an mHealth enabled social protection system protecting poor […]


Reflections from the UN NCD’s review

My visit to the United Nations’ headquarters during the UN review on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on Friday, July 11, as speaker and moderator for two events, respectively, made me go down the memory lane for some reasons. As a young medical intern working in the then named North West Frontier Province of Pakistan (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), I was always […]


Message on World Population Day by Dr. Yasmeen Sabeeh Qazi

“We cannot afford to be ignorant about population issues; it is an unfinished, huge agenda that is impacting every sphere of development in this country” On the occasion of 20th anniversary of International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) (Cairo) conference this September, all countries are taking stock of progress made to achieve ICPD goals […]


Launching our Reproductive Health eBulletin

Saba Amjad

We are pleased to be launching today our Reproductive Health eBulletin, in order to engage in targeted advocacy to overcome systems’ constraints in the Family Planning and Reproductive Health sector (FP & RH) in Pakistan. The Reproductive Health eBulletin is one of the newsletters of the Heartfile-hosted Pakistan Health Policy Forum, a membership-based entity, supported […]