Zafar Mirza

Pregnancy, before the flood

Pregnancy, before the flood

Even in ‘normal’ circumstances, pregnancy is a high-risk condition for women in Pakistan. Updated 07 Oct, 2022 09:05am
Flood notes

Flood notes

We don’t have any appreciation of preventive healthcare and our system is entirely curative. Updated 09 Sep, 2022 09:15am
Healthcare during floods

Healthcare during floods

Well-meaning but unrelated medical aid and donations may do more harm than good. Updated 01 Sep, 2022 08:40am
Protecting breastfeeding

Protecting breastfeeding

Unfortunately, many doctors continue to play into the hands of the milk formula industry. Published 12 Aug, 2022 04:07am
Inspiration personified

Inspiration personified

Paul Farmer broke the mould of ‘mainstream’ and went where healthcare was most needed. Published 15 Jul, 2022 08:17am
The sixth wave

The sixth wave

PCR testing has drastically gone down in Pakistan and our disease surveillance system needs much more strengthening. Updated 01 Jul, 2022 09:01am
Tax tobacco now

Tax tobacco now

Of the 8m deaths that occur globally each year due to tobacco use, 170,000 are in Pakistan. Updated 03 Jun, 2022 08:37am
Covid-19 & the political unrest

Covid-19 & the political unrest

The new rulers need to pay attention to our state of preparedness for a recurrence of Covid-19. Published 22 Apr, 2022 07:40am
UHC & private health sector

UHC & private health sector

The private healthcare sector has not really become a partner to national health services. Published 08 Apr, 2022 08:23am
Healthy trends

Healthy trends

In the wake of Covid-19, important developments have taken place in Pakistan’s health technology space... Published 25 Mar, 2022 07:02am
mRNA and Ghalib

mRNA and Ghalib

Some individuals are science and art personified. Updated 11 Feb, 2022 12:48pm
Health and the NSP

Health and the NSP

A comprehensive national security policy has to have a proper place in it for human health. Updated 28 Jan, 2022 08:36am
From Sialkot to where?

From Sialkot to where?

The most important voice of reason and courage on the incident has come from Javed Ahmad Ghamidi. Updated 17 Dec, 2021 08:11am
An unholy alliance

An unholy alliance

The word ‘unethical’ hardly conveys what is going on in the medical marketplace. Published 03 Dec, 2021 07:26am
The need for UHC literacy

The need for UHC literacy

It is time to reorganise the health system to implement essential health services packages. Updated 19 Nov, 2021 08:41am
The great syringe switch

The great syringe switch

Medical practitioners have wrongly promoted the idea that injections are needed for even minor ailments. Updated 05 Nov, 2021 07:59am
Afghan health crises

Afghan health crises

The condition and prospects of Afghanistan’s health sector are complex and grave. Updated 22 Oct, 2021 08:48am