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

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 Pneumonia Day 2014

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 […]


Poor Reproductive Health reinforces Poverty

Shahida Fazil

The Population Programme of Pakistan of which Reproductive Health and Family Planning (RH&FP) are an integral component, has witnessed an appreciable decline in fertility. Yet this fertility transition has been slower when compared to other countries in the region and not accompanied by similar declines in other RH&FP indicators. Contraceptive prevalence, which initially increased in the 90s […]


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 […]


Homeless woman with a broken wrist

The phenomenon of homelessness is one of the worst forms of urban poverty and social vulnerability.  No one wants to be homeless by choice.  Women constitute one of the groups worst affected by homelessness.  While the phenomenon of homelessness violates the most basic of human rights for all populations, women without a home and living […]


A 37 year old with heart disease

The young male heart is under attack.  Nadeem, a 37 year old heart aged faster than his real age.  He had a very advanced heart disease that is typically founded in elderly patients.  He was a heavy smoker, had worked hard on several jobs to support a family of 7, and was the sole bread […]


The boy from Toba Tek Singh

Javed is a 29 year old bread-earner from a small village near Toba Tek Singh.  He got seriously injured in a road accident.  The whole family got disturbed as all of them were entirely dependent on him.  The victim as well as the family had to face untold hardships and miseries.  The primary hardship was […]


Poverty and cardiac diseases

Mitral valve replacement is a cardiac surgical procedure to either repair or replace the mitral valve in the heart.  In the case of Tariq doctors opted for mitral valve replacement as repair of the mitral valve could not have been performed successfully in his case. Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) including heart disease are on the rise […]


Poverty and tuberculosis reinforce each other

A 30 year-old male patient was admitted to Lady Reading hospital in Peshawar with 2 months history of high fever, cough and shortness of breath and chest pain.  He shared of anxieties of being sick for so long.  Imtiaz spoke of ten or more episodes of fever and cough over more than two months, each […]