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Pandemic planning

WE finally have confirmation: at the time of writing, there are at least four confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Pakistan. One of the patients travelled to Iran and was exhibiting symptoms…

Beyond Covid-19

The 21st century mainly gave us the unabated war on terror, civil conflict, political disruption, climate change, and above all global epidemics that have now placed a chokehold on well-functioning…

A Monsoon Catastrophe

A monsoon catastrophe

Pakistan is highly vulnerable to devastating climate change, but the matter is at the lowest priority for the government. For the last three years, the country has topped the list…

Health threats in 2023

Vector-borne diseases transmitted by insects and ticks posed public health threats in 2023. Diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya, Zika, West Nile virus, and Lyme disease continued to impact communities around…

A health emergency

Of the various types of hepatitis viruses, Hepatitis C is a major public health emergency, causing high disease and death globally. In the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), 80 per cent…

Preventing HIV

On December 1, Pakistan comes together to commemorate World AIDS Day, a day dedicated to increasing awareness about AIDS, and a day for remembering all those who have died from…

Living with Covid

The highly infectious and immune-resistant Omicron BA.5 subvariant is now dominant throughout much of the world and is fueling yet another wave of infections, hospitalizations, debilitation with Long Covid and…