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Public health vs economic health

Focusing exclusively on public health rather than trying to strike a balance between human and economic health, China seems to have succeeded by March 15, in preventing, to a large…

Trans fats hamper public health

Industrially Produced Trans Fatty Acids (iTFAs), which are found in every local diet, are a public health concern and a big challenge ahead. They are causing a notable increase in…

Radical economic transformation

One of the questions, especially after the February 8, 2024 fiasco, is what the big picture thinking of Pakistani decision-makers is. Today, I wanted to explore one theory. The plan…

Pakistan’s (mis)leading economic indicator

The upward movement of the stock market, such as the KSE-100, usually leads to optimism among businesses, statisticians and policymakers. They celebrate these figures as the sign of a national…

In sickness and in debt: right to health

Muhammad Boota, a domestic worker in Lahore, requires an insulin injection every 10 days to help manage his diabetes. But just one of these injections costs about one-third of his…

Pakistan’s economic reckoning

The annual and spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Bank (WB) are key events for the global economic community. These meetings, attended by high-level officials…

Provincial economic policy

As the new provincial governments are finding their feet in a rather very difficult economic environment, it is important to fix the problems at the root. This means setting aside…