The boy with the bruised lip

Ali seemed very shy. He didn’t make eye contact with the Heartfile verifier—or perhaps it was his swollen and badly bruised lip, which made him conscious. Throughout the conversation between our verifier and his mother, his gaze remained lowered, as if knowing that something is terribly wrong, and that he is responsible for it. Perhaps […]


The challenges of NCD prevention universally

In September 2011, the United Nations General Assembly passed a Resolution adopting the Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of non-communicable diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease (NCDs). The Declaration was indeed a historic landmark in public health for several reasons. First, it was only the second meeting at the […]


Universal health coverage milestones during 2012

The global movement towards universal health coverage (UHC) inspired a series of landmark events across the world during 2012. The objective of UHC is to ensure that people are able to access high-quality services without risking financial ruin resulting from catastrophic spending on health. The Pakistan situation with regard to UHC needs to be viewed […]


Universal Health Coverage is in sync with the new geopolitical reality

Last week the UN General Assembly passed a resolution on Universal Health Coverage, apparently with broad support from the Global South and North. That is no coincidence. In my opinion, UHC’s unique selling proposition is its obvious appeal to middle-income countries, BRICs and other emerging powers. Countries like Indonesia, Brazil, China, India, South-Africa, Mexico, Thailand, … are […]


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 […]