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Nurses: our silent heroes

Nurses: our silent heroes Published in The News International, March 01, 2018 While they are often in the background, nurses are at the heart of every national health system. They do everything, whether it involves caring for patients, administering lifesaving treatments in emergency situations, supervising health workers or ensuring that the correct information is passed between doctors and patients. Nurses are, in effect, the silent heroes of the healthcare system. This week, a new global campaign, titled ‘Nursing Now’, was kicked off to celebrate the critical role that nurses play in delivering health services across the world. The campaign also seeks to ensure that recognition for nurses translates into leadership positions at all levels of the health decision-making system. ‘Nursing Now’ will run until the end of 2020, which is when nurses will be celebrated worldwide to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. ‘Nursing Now’ is an evidence based-campaign. It was conceptualised following a global review of nursing by the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health, which concluded simply by reiterating that universal...

The human capital agenda

The human capital agenda Published in The News International, February 21, 2018 As the country gears up for the 2018 general election, it is important to examine where and how human capital development features in party manifestoes. Human capital development is being emphasised for a specific reason. Human capital development is not just inextricably linked to the principles of universalism and freedom, and to human rights. It is also the most significant contributor to the wealth of a nation – far more than physical or natural capital. Recent evidence shows that human capital contributes to 65 percent of the wealth of high-income countries and 40 percent of the wealth of low-income countries. In the wake of this evidence, new studies have been launched globally to understand the link between human capital development and economic growth. Initiatives are being put in place by international financial institutions to accelerate financing in this regard. It is clear that in the digital age, an acceleration in technology requires countries to urgently invest in their people if they hope to compete...

Nishtar S. The NCD Cooperative. The Lancet, 2017

Nishtar S. The NCD Cooperative. The Lancet, 2017 Nishtar S. The NCD Cooperative : a call to action. The Lancet, 2017...

Road to Anti-corruption

Road to Anti-corruption Published in The News International, October 3,...

Nishtar S, Gluckman P, Armstrong T. Ending childhood obesity

Nishtar S, Gluckman P, Armstrong T. Ending childhood obesity: a time for action. Lancet 2016 Jan 22. pii: S0140-6736(16)00140-9. doi:...

Nishtar S. Delivering the WHO we need. BMJ, May 19, 2017

Nishtar S. Delivering the WHO we need. BMJ, May 19, 2017...

Nishtar S. Opinion: A new deal for health. Devex May 2, 2017.

Nishtar S. Opinion: A new deal for health. Devex May 2, 2017.

Nishtar S. Open letter to WHO DG candidates

Nishtar S. Open letter to WHO DG candidates: reply from Sania Nishtar. 2017 May 20;389(10083):1978-1979. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31254-0. Epub 2017 May...

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