Health


First Ever Transgender Health Care Manual Launched

Press Release by Blue Veins Blue Veins launched the first ever Transgender Health Care Manual at National Transgender Health Summit. The manual aims to promote greater awareness of the health concerns of transgender populations including disparities in treatment and barriers to care, health services research including cultural competency, mental health and well-being, reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections, hormone therapy and surgery, and best practices, protocols, and guidelines to ensure optimal care. The event was well attended by Transgender community, Policy makers Govt officials and Civil Society Organizations.  Rabia Basri Member of the Provincial Assembly and Chairperson Standing Committee on Health […]


Islamabad Deworming Initiative Launches 2nd Annual Mass Deworming Campaign in Islamabad

Deworming 574,000 children for a safe and healthy future December 23, 2019: The First Lady of Pakistan, Mrs. Samina Alvi, launched the 2nd annual mass deworming campaign of the Islamabad Deworming Initiative at Islamabad Model College for Girls, F-7/4 Islamabad. The school-based deworming program will treat 574,000 school-age children within 2,300 government and private schools, as well as Deeni Madaris, in Islamabad Capital Territory on 23rd January 2020. All children enrolled in classes 1-10 and out-of-school children aged 5 – 14, will be encouraged to access treatment at a nearby school on deworming day.  Ms. Samina Alvi, the chief guest […]


Society for Multiple Sclerosis Patients in Pakistan

Society for Multiple Sclerosis Patients in Pakistan (SMSPP) is a unique organization focusing exclusively on Multiple Sclerosis patients in Pakistan. It is a rare disease, and very few people know about it. The society is doing a great job by providing networking and much needed information to the patients scattered all over the country. Here we share three videos of the patients who tell their stories. These can be helpful to the patients and their families who do not know much about this disease, its treatment, and how to take care of such a patient. The last video is of […]


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government lauded for providing safe environment to transgender community at hospitals

July 31, 2019 Transgender rights organizations Blue Veins and TransAction (Provincial Alliance of Transgender Community) appreciated Health Department of Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) for fulfilling their long awaited demand of allocating separate wards for transgender community. Acting upon the orders of the Chief Minister KP, the provincial health department issued instructions to all the health officials to provide separate wards for transgender persons in all government hospitals across the province. Farzana Jan President of the Transaction Alliance demanded that the allocated wards in Lady Reading Hospital should be named “Alisha Shaheed Memorial Ward” to remember transgender rights activist Alisha […]


Breast Cancer – something we should not ignore

by Arshad Mahmood I didn’t think much about breast cancer until last year when a close relative, who was living a remarkably healthy life, was suddenly asked by her family doctor for further investigations to confirm whether she had breast cancer. The news sent out a shockwave across the family. A happy family with a routine life was suddenly faced with an uphill task of visiting Lahore almost every week for the investigations and later, when it was confirmed, for treatment. This disturbing period resulted in the husband experiencing a heart attack. It was a year-long painful and exhausting exercise […]


State of Pakistan’s Children 2016 – An Overview

Among the most alarming revelations in 2016 was the failure of Pakistan to achieve targets set under all Millennium Development Goals (MGDs). This situation calls for immediate and effective policy measures and strong adherence to and implementation of existing legislation. The National Assembly of Pakistan passed a unanimous resolution to adopt the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs as a national development agenda. However, the effectiveness of initiatives for year 2030 needs to be seen. It has been 26 years since Pakistan signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), however, the implementation of its protocols in […]


Nutrition and Women’s Empowerment

By Nabeela Waheed Good nutrition is not only a concern for the health and development of an individual, but also has major implications for the health and productivity of the entire country. Women’s empowerment has massive implications for nutritional status of children – on their physical and mental development. Investment in women’s human capital in rural communities of developing nations have greater positive implications for nutritional improvements of children as compared to the investments in men’s human capital development. Children are the future human resource of a country, hence it is vital to more effectively invest in and promote the […]


Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN CSA)

The Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN-CSA) Pakistan was launched in Islamabad on Dec 23, 2014,  during a two day national conference on the State of Nutrition in Pakistan. The milestone event was boosted with the newly established SUN-CSA adopting a Civil Society Declaration on Nutrition and Food Security. SUN Government Focal Point, Aslam Shaheen, praised the Alliance’s contributions and efforts to make scaling up nutrition a reality. He said “The government’s un-wavering commitment to lower the staggering child & mother mortality rates in Pakistan stems out of up scaling nutrition through multi-sectoral nutrition policy”. Participants from multiple stakeholder groups included high […]