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Faraz Khalid

Health Systems Consultant at World Health Organization, Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office
 

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A health systems puzzle: if hardware can earn votes, why should politicians care about software in Pakistan?

In the next few months, Pakistan, the sixth most populous country in the world, is expected to undergo the second democratic transition in its 70- year history. Elections are expected to be held in August 2018 and politicians have already begun holding public rallies as a run up for their election campaigns. Political parties are gearing up to a...

Transforming political commitments into evidence informed social health protection reforms in Pakistan

Pakistan, a lower-middle income country in South Asia, spends around three percent of its GDP on health, resulting in 39.5 US$ per capita health expenditure. Households’ out of pocket expenditures make up 60 percent of the total health expenditures in the country and catastrophic health expenditures amount to 70 percent of the economic shocks ...

Asmat Malik: A generous and kind friend we won’t forget

                                  “We lost an exemplary son, a respectful son-in law, a loving father, a caring husband, a kind brother, a sympathetic relative, a helping neighbor…” were the phrases passed by the dearest of Asmat Malik, who laid him in his grave with sobbing eyes on May 30, midnight. I was among hundreds of Asmat’s frie...

Pearls of wisdom for the young health systems researchers

As 2016 came to an end, I was taking stock of notes I took through meetings and conferences I attended, including the Emerging Voices in Global Health 2016 training program preceding the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research 2016 in Vancouver. I came across quite a few ‘quotable quotes’: “seize the smaller opportunities you get, you ...

Is health a human right or a citizen’s right?

As part of the ongoing Global Health Systems Research Symposium 2016, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in collaboration with Emerging Voices of Global Health organized a session on “Healthcare beyond borders” on the first day of the symposium in Vancouver.  Our world is an increasingly mobile and inter-connected world; around 1 billion peop...