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Dr. Saba Amjad and Mr. Amjad Javaid, Senior Executives at Heartfile

13 June, 2022: Dr. Saba Amjad and Mr. Amjad Javaid, Senior Executives at Heartfile, handed over copies of Heartfile-authored books and other publications to the Vice Chancellor Health Services Academy (HSA), Dr. Shahzad Ali Khan for HSA Library. VC received the consignment, appreciated Heartfile’s gesture, and remarked that these books are frequently needed and asked for by their public health students and consultants.

Tragedies Averted

Heartfile’s brand new book is now available online! The book features stories of patients who were supported through Heartfile Health Financing. The book has been authored by Ms. Mariam Mehdi, Senior Volunteer for Heartfile Health Financing. Download here

Dissemination event of 10 country case studies on financing of NCD prevention in low- and middle-income countries

With the support of IDRC – International Development Research Centre (Canada), Heartfile conducted 10 country case studies on financing of NCD prevention in low- and middle-income countries. The countries included Pakistan, Zambia, Belarus, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Vietnam, Jamaica, Iran, and Kenya. The studies can be accessed here and the webinar of the dissemination event can be viewed here

Heartfile TFA Report Dissemination Event

July 11, 2019: Heartfile co-hosted a dissemination event with @WHOPakistan & Nutrition wing of MoNHSRC in Islamabad to share our recently completed situational analysis on trans fats in the Pakistan context & discuss how to make Pakistan Trans fat free by 2023. The report can be accessed here.

Report on the Future of Healthcare launched

May 9, 2019: Dr. Sania Nishtar, along with Dr. Andre Goy chaired the World Economic Forum Global Future Council (GFC) on the Future of Health and Healthcare over a two year period (2016-2018). GFC comprises expert stakeholders representing the public and private healthcare sectors. For the 2016-2018 mandate, members of the GFC worked together to provide insights on how the evolution of global health and healthcare will affect us all in the decades to come, including through the implementation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Report which was launched this week can be accessed here

Third Meeting of the High-Level Commission on NCDs

April 2-3, 2019: Third Meeting of the WHO High-Level Commission on NCDs was held in Geneva on April 2nd and 3rd. The Commission worked in three sub-groups and deliberated on the way forward for its second phase. The commission’s second report is expected to be released in October 31, 2019, which is when the Commission will sunset. Dr Sania Nishtar chaired the meeting of the Commission.

Global Consultation on Agriculture and Food Systems

March 28, 2019: The Benazir Income Support Program and the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food systems for Nutrition co-hosed a joint high-level dialogue on food systems in Islamabad on March 28. An outcome of the event is a statement of intent in which ministers, experts and other stakeholders agreed on specific, actionable policy options within their spheres of influence to support the provision of safe, affordable, accessible and healthy diets. The statement of intent is available at meeting was chaired by Dr. Sania Nishtar. Speakers included Tom Arnold and Prof Sandy Thomas, Director, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition.

Meeting of the Advisory Board of the UNU IIGH

March 18, 2019: Dr. Sania Nishtar chaired the meeting of the Advisory Board of the United Nations’ Institute of Global Health Advisory Committee meeting in Kuala Lumper on March 18. The institute is currently in the early stage of implementing a new strategic plan, the development of which has been shepherded by the Advisory Committee. At this meeting, the advisory committee took stock of progress and next steps.

NCD Commission stakeholder hearing

March 4-5, 2019: Dr. Sania Nishtar attended a stakeholder hearing of working group 3 of the High-Level Commission on NCDs in New York on March 4-5. The meeting was convened by the World Economic Forum, and the Governments of USA and Kenya.