Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health

Dr Sania Nishtar

Co-chair, Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

Dr Sania Nishtaris

Dr Sania Nishtar is the founder and President of Heartfile, which began in Pakistan in 1999 as a health information-focused nongovernmental organization and evolved into a think tank on health policy issues. She is also founder of Heartfile Health Financing, a programme that uses a customized IT platform and mobile phones to protect poor patients from medical impoverishment or foregoing health care.

A cardiologist by training, she was Best Graduate of the Khyber Medical College in 1986 and holds a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London and a PhD from King's College London. Widely considered a thought leader on health policy, she has been a key drafter of several global health declarations.

Dr Nishtar served in Pakistan during the 2013 caretaker government as Minister for Science and Technology, Education and Trainings and Information Technology and Telecom. During her term, she was instrumental in establishing Pakistan’s Ministry of Health.

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