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Keynote address at the NCDs workshop in Chennai

July 14, 2018: Dr. Sania Nishtar gave the keynote address at the NCDs event in Chennai organized by the Public Health Foundation of India, DIWWAAAS and HRIDAY. The event focused on Girls, Women and Diabetes and was held on July 14-15, 2018. The aim of the workshop was to share and learn about the challenges and potential solutions on diabetes prevention and control especially employing a gender lens, within the overall ambit of prevention and control of Non-Communicable...


NCDs event at the United Nations’ General Assembly

July 5, 2018: President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, invited Dr Sania Nishtar to speak in the opening segment of the interactive hearing organised as part of the preparatory process of the third UN high-level meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. The interactive hearing was held on Thursday, 5 July 2018 at the UN Headquarters in New York. The text of the speech can be accessed...


Advisory Board of the Government of Germany’s on Global Health

Dr. Sania Nishtar joins the International Advisory Board of the Federal Government of Germany’s on Global Health and attended its first meeting in Berlin from July 1-3. This board advises on current challenges and trends in global health and makes suggestions how Germany could further develop its engagement in the international community as the leading government, globally to promote global...


EAT Stockholm food forum

June 11, 2018: Dr. Sania Nishtar and Johan Rockström gave the State of the Union address at the opening of the 5th EAT EAT Stockholm Food Forum in Stockholm. The address can be viewed here and press coverage about the event can be accessed...


Launch of the report of the commission on NCDs

June 1, 2018: The report of the High-Level Commission on NCDs, was released in Geneva on June 1, 2018. The Report was released by co-chairs of the Commission, President Tabare Vasquez, President of Uruguay and Dr. Sania Nishtar, President of Heartfile. The Report was handed over to Director General of WHO, Dr. Tedros. The Report was published in The Lancet on the same day. The WHO monograph can be accessed and the event webcast can be viewed...


Dr. Sania Nishtar at the 71st World Health Assembly sessions

May 25, 2018: Dr. Sania Nishtar spoke at several sessions accompanying the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva this week. She was the opening speaker for both the Scaling up Nutrition side events on the 22nd and the 23rd of May. She was a panelist on a session on NCDs alongside President Michele Bachelet organized by the NCD alliance and in addition also spoke on a panel organized by the government of Netherlands, Colombia, and Norwary. In these sessions she spoke alongside the Ministers of Health of Jamaica, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, DR Congo, and Norway and other health experts. Dr. Sania also chaired a meeting of the High-Level Commission on NCDs this week at the Palais de Nations. She keynoted the breakfast townhall event of NCD Child and also gave opening remarks at the G4 Surgical Alliance event this...


BMJ blog on NCDs and UHC

May 22, 2017: SaniaNishtar’scommentary explaining how to integrate Non-communicable diseases with Universal Health Coverage has been published on the British Medical Journal blog and can be accessed here: “Opportunities exist to negotiate policy space for NCDs in each health systems’ six building blocks, and therefore in UHC plans”, she says. More...


Sania Nishtar: Acting with intent

May 16, 2018: The British Medical Journal has published Sania Nishtar’s interview in BMJ Confidential, an informal space in which they quiz doctors about their hopes, fears, worst mistakes, biggest inspirations, and numerous other matters. The interviewcan be accessed here More...


Sania Nishtar Chairs the National Academy of Sciences meeting in Washington

May 16, 2018: the fourth and the final in-person meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s committee on “Improving the Quality of Healthcare,Globally” was held in Washington on May 14 and 15. Dr Sania Nishtar and Dr. Donald Berwick, Committee co-chairs, chaired the meeting. The committee is expected to publish its report in September 2018.



Gender parity in global health

May 8, 2018: Dr Sania Nishtar and Helen Clark write about the importance of gender parity in global health in a Project Syndicate comment which can be accessed


Sania Nishtar Chairs meeting of the High-Level Commission on NCDs

May 7, 2018: The third meeting of the WHO High Level Commission on NCDs and (the first one that was held in person) was held in Geneva on May 7, 2018 at the WHO headquarters. A large number of commissioners were present at the meeting. Deliberations focused on the first report of the Commission, which is meant to be released on June 1, 2018.  More...


Fight Against Cervical Cancer

April 17, 2018: Dr Sania Nishtar’s Op-ed in Gulf News titled “Fight against cervical cancer picks momentum” can be accessed here.Countries in the Middle East should follow the example of the UAE, Libya and Australia to eliminate Human Papillomavirus More...