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Water treatment project starved of funds

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 6, 2014, Islamabad – Those who drink the water must also pay for its quality. It is this simple logic which is likely to cause another delay in an already delayed project to further improve the quality of drinking water […]

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Construction banned in Rawal Lake catchment areas

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jul 28, 2013. The Rawal Lake monitoring committee has decided to formally forbid any future construction in Rawal Lake’s catchment areas and watershed region without prior environmental approval, Asif Shuja, the committee’s chairperson, told The Express Tribune. Shuja, who is also […]

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World Population Day 2013: Babies, the breaking point and quality of life

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jul 11, 2013. Islamabad – In Rawalpindi’s densely populated Dhoke Khabba neighbourhood, where Jamila*, a housewife, lives with her husband and three children, it is difficult to walk through any two streets during the summer holiday months without noticing at least […]

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World No Tobacco Day 2013

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on June 1, 2013. Islamabad – Around 5,000 people are admitted into Pakistani hospitals every day on average due to tobacco-related diseases and over 100,000 Pakistanis die every year due to smoking-related causes, doctors informed the public at a seminar on Friday, […]

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Searchable database for tobacco control

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 28, 2013. Islamabad – Researchers, anti-tobacco activists, doctors, lawyers and journalists in Pakistan now have access to a new online data resource on tobacco control. TheNetwork for Consumer Protection, a consumer rights nonprofit, launched a tobacco control website, which includes […]

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World Autism Awareness Day 2013 – Autism: An Unwarranted Stigma

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 2, 2013. Islamabad – The agony and frustration caused by social pressures and ignorance only briefly surface in Sadia’s voice. Most of the time when she speaks, the anger and pain are replaced by a more powerful sentiment: the determination of […]

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Capacity building, info sharing needed for better drug control in Pakistan: INCB report

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 6, 2013. Islamabad – The government of Pakistan needs to focus on capacity building and sharing information with the provincial governments to effectively address drug control. The Report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for 2012 was released on […]

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Children at risk of waterborne diseases

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Oct 22, 2012, as part of a special report on water quality in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Islamabad – Kids in the federal capital and surrounding areas might be at a greater risk of falling prey to waterborne […]

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Pakistan lagging behind in child survival, maternal health development

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sept 27, 2012. Islamabad – Pakistan is lagging behind in its pursuit of two Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to child survival and maternal health, according to a new report launched by a United Nations (UN) review group. The report titled […]

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Access to Latrines

An unedited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sept 14, 2012. Islamabad – Five million Pakistanis, who used to defecate in the open, now have access to latrines, thanks to a joint rural sanitationprogramme by UNICEF, Plan International Pakistan and other implementing partners. Details and results of the programme ‘Early […]

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