November 8, 2012 11:28 pm

The resilient alliance that offers Pakistan a better future

From Dr Sania Nishtar.

Sir, It was encouraging to read Charles Leadbeater’s article “Time to look again at Pakistani society” (November 7), featuring those hidden forces that point to a better future for my country: adaptability and resilience, entrepreneurship and shared coping.

In addition to social innovation schemes that have stepped in to help Pakistan’s education and agriculture sectors, the ineffective functioning of health systems, compounded by the recent abolition of the Ministry of Health, means that similar intervention is also necessary to protect Pakistan’s poorest of the poor from health risks and catastrophic health expenditure.

Indeed, being involved in a mobile-integrated social protection system for health, I witness daily how the “new” widespread mobile services and the “old” Islam’s traditions of charity, justice and learning, come together to protect Pakistan’s poor from medical impoverishment. I am continuously impressed by the generosity of Pakistani society who donate funds to the poor, saving lives.

Sania Nishtar, Founder and President, Heartfile, Islamabad, Pakistan

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