In order to Get the message across to a wider audience , our recent op-ed entitled “COVID-19 and Pakistan’s raging NCD crises” (originally published in Dawn News on 09 August 2020) is now available in Urdu. Making it available in Urdu shall enable even more people better understand the increased vulnerability of people living with NCDs to COVID-19. The op-ed has been published in Urdu Daily “Al Akhbar” . It has been printed in two parts.
22nd September,2020: Subsequent to the February 2020 meeting of the TFA advisory group, a follow up meeting of the core Advisory group was conducted at Heartfile. The advisory group reviewed the progress and deliberated on a future course of actions while taking an account of latest developments in the country in order to align the course of actions with the goals of trans-fat elimination.
2 August 2020: Heartfile and colleagues recently published an op-ed in the Dawn newspaper entitled “COVID-19 and Pakistan’s raging NCD crises”. The op-ed highlights the dangerous interlinkages between NCDs and CoVID-19 and stresses the need to address the NCD crises – the leading cause of death in Pakistan and a source of vulnerability to severe illness from COVID-19.
June 2020: Heartfile published a special supplement in the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association (JPMA) in its May 2020 issue titled Trans-Fatty Acid (TFA) elimination in Pakistan: A Situational Analysis. The supplement provides an overview of TFA sources in Pakistan, introduces the country’s regulatory framework governing food, and suggests steps to eliminate industrially-produced TFA from the Pakistani diet. The development of the report which was launched in July 2019 at a national event and its publishing in the premier medical journal is part of ongoing efforts to highlight the TFA issue and garner support towards the implementation of measures to eliminate it from the Pakistani diet. The special supplement can be accessed here
28th Nov ,2019: Heartfile co-hosted a national consultation workshop with @WHOPakistan & Nutrition wing of MoNHSRC in Islamabad to deliberate on the draft action plan which was prepared based on the discussion & suggestions by experts and policy makers in the light of the TFA studies conducted by WHO and Heartfile disseminated in earlier events. Representatives from all province’s food authorities, technical partners, NGOs and INGOs partake in that important discussion and came to a consensus.
26th Sep , 2019 : In the light of WHO’s calls on governments to use the REPLACE action package to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the food supply, Government of Pakistan’s Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination (MoNHSR&C) formed a national TFA advisory and advocacy group based on technical personals from the ministry, provincial food authorities, INGO/NGOs and media, to oversee the activities, processes and formulation of necessary policies & strategies to eliminate TFA in Pakistan.
31st July ,2019: Heartfile co-hosted an advocacy seminar with @WHOPakistan & Nutrition wing of MoNHSRC in Islamabad to sketch the prevalence and sources of TFA in Pakistani diet and outlined a road map for policymakers and civil society to make Pakistan #TransFatFree by 2023.
30th July , 2019 :Heartfile and Mexico SaludHable held stakeholder meetings to start joint action on trans-fat elimination in Pakistan and Mexico based on the REPLACE action package.
11th July, 2019: Heartfile co-hosted a dissemination event with @WHOPakistan & Nutrition wing of MoNHSRC in Islamabad to share the situational analysis on trans-fats in the Pakistan context & discuss how to make Pakistan Trans-fat free by 2023.
27th May, 2019: Heartfile, one of the ten advocates from eight countries attended an NCD Alliance training in Geneva on 22 & 23 May 2019 on the margins of the 72nd World Health Assembly to increase their knowledge and advocacy skills for trans-fat elimination.