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Dr Fauzia Waqar

  • October 23, 2023

    Health in the grey

    Pakistanis buy food at a utility store in Islamabad. — AFP/FileFood safety pertains to the practices and protocols employed to prevent...

  • September 25, 2023

    A looming climate crisis

    The term ‘climate change’ often raises issues of melting ice caps, raging wildfires, and rising sea levels. However, beneath these environmental...

  • August 24, 2023

    Climate through a gender lens

    The alarming reality of climate change has managed to get through to a large swathe of the population, with its implications on human health...

  • June 06, 2023

    Security for the future

    The impact of natural calamities on malnutrition is undeniably devastating, with a global increase in hunger, inadequate access to nutritious food,...

  • May 18, 2023

    For our children

    Most children in Pakistan continue to suffer from nutritional anaemia, particularly iron deficiency. There has been little improvement over the...

  • March 19, 2022

    Anaemic generation

    Nutritional anaemia has been identified as the most common and prevalent type of malnourishment in Pakistan among children. This is not a recent...

  • February 03, 2022

    Fortification interventions

    Poor dietary intake, especially iron, results in deprived mental and physical health, frequent illness and unhealthy population. This type of...

  • January 05, 2022

    Expensive nutrition

    For years, the health burden linked with children and mothers has been largely ignored. If girls at their adolescent or reproductive age are...

  • April 27, 2021

    Improving dairy

    Why is Pakistan not utilizing one of its most significant produce, available in abundant quantity, to increase its exports? Pakistan is the fourth...

  • March 13, 2020

    Our polio failure

    The continued transmission of the poliovirus in Pakistan has become a major public health problem, as it is one of only few remaining polio-endemic...

  • February 25, 2020

    Food and tourism

    Pakistan is blessed with several tourism opportunities – cultural, religious or nautical tourism.With an improved security situation, and through...

  • December 30, 2019

    Social protection

    Widespread under-nutrition, especially iron deficiency, determines a range of negative consequences impacting the welfare of individuals and...

  • December 14, 2019

    Iron-deficient generation

    Iron deficiency poses a severe and alarming public health problem. It’s quite widespread in developing countries facing malnutrition for most of...

  • September 04, 2019

    Water for all

    The World Water Week, from August till August 30, this year had the theme: ‘Water for Society: Including All’. The purpose of conducting a water...

  • August 07, 2019

    Combatting hepatitis

    The world marks July 28 as World Hepatitis Day with an aim to create awareness about the disease, its prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Global...

  • June 10, 2019

    Is Pakistan prepared?

    If safety protocols are ignored in the food value chain, starting from its production till consumption, it could lead to many disastrous diseases....

  • May 09, 2019

    A public health issue

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA, each year, 1.7 million to 2.2 million persons die from waterborne diseases; one...

  • March 21, 2019

    For better health

    Pakistan ranks as the fourth largest milk producing country in the world. Milk and the livestock sector jointly contribute approximately 11 percent...

  • November 08, 2018

    Women in the economy

    Around 49 percent of our population comprises women. According to the Global Gender Gap Index, which shows the gap between men and women based on...

  • August 13, 2018

    Nutrition and politics

    How can people assess the changes that a political party will bring once it assumes office? What is the idea behind the creation of a particular...

  • June 11, 2018

    For a healthy youth

    The young population, especially when in their adolescent phase, that usually ranges between ages 11 and 19, is very important for the country’s...

  • May 19, 2018

    Fortifying our future

    Early childhood development and growth is a significant element of human life. The emotional, social and physical development of young children has...

  • May 02, 2018

    Gender-sensitive nutrition

    It is a well-established fact that education, literacy and other indicators of women’s empowerment are strongly related to the improved nutrition...

  • April 21, 2018

    Politics of nutrition

    The constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan under the chapter ‘Principles of Policy’ includes ‘wellbeing’ and ‘security’ as a...

  • April 09, 2018

    Investing in nutrition

    Good nutrition has been recognised both as a basic ingredient and as an outcome of human development globally. As food and nutrition are important...

  • March 07, 2018

    Let’s fortify

    According to the National Nutrition Survey 2011, more than half of Pakistan’s women and two-thirds of its children suffer micronutrient...

  • December 28, 2017

    Water, sanitation and hygiene

    More than 60 percent of one’s total body weight is water. Besides major functions like maintaining body temperature, processing important chemical...

  • October 18, 2017

    Delayed access

    Globally, each day around 1,600 women die from complications relate to pregnancy and childbirth. Like the rest of the developing world, Pakistan’s...

  • April 24, 2017

    Addressing malnutrition

    Childhood stunting is one of the major impediments to human development. Stunting, or low height for age, generally occurs before age two, and its...

  • March 09, 2017

    Why have the MDGs failed?

    The Millennium Development Goals – an idea of the UN – proved to be a historical moment for international development in 2000. Once the...

  • October 15, 2016

    A strategy on malnutrition

    Malnutrition is the result of having insufficient nutrients in one’s diet. In Pakistan, it takes a heavy toll on the adult and child population in...