The federal government has appointed Dr Sania Nishter as chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), the premier social safety net institution of the country.
The government had invited Dr Sania Nishtar, Pakistan’s internationally acclaimed global health expert, to chair the Board of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). Following her acceptance, the government notified the appointment today.
Dr. Nishtar is a well-respected apolitical professional, civil society leader and former cabinet minister. She is also a widely published scholar in the field of public healthcare systems and reforms.
Poverty alleviation and provision of social protection to marginalised groups, especially in the less developed areas of the country, is amongst the highest priorities of the government. Dr. Nishtar’s appointment, in fact, reflects the government’s commitment to achieving this policy objective by depoliticising BISP and providing it with a professional leadership.
BISP has recently outlined its plans for a comprehensive social protection strategy aimed at protecting the poorest of the poor from economic shocks. Under Dr. Nishtar’s stewardship, BISP is expected to further deepen its interventions and also make them more transparent through innovative targeting approaches for the most disadvantaged segments of society.
Finance Minister, Asad Umer, expressed complete confidence in Dr. Sania Nishtar’s credentials and her ability to transform BISP into a modern, dynamic and impartial social protection organisation capable of eliminating dependency and permanently lifting people out of poverty.
Profile of Dr. Sania Nishtar
Dr. Sania Nishtar is the internationally acclaimed Pakistani physician and public health expert. She currently co-chairs WHO’s High-Level Commission on Non-communicable diseases along with the president of Uruguay, Finland and Sri-Lanka.
She also chairs the US National Academy of Sciences initiative on the Quality of Healthcare in low and middle-income countries and also chairs the United Nations International Institute for Global Health’s Advisory Committee.
Dr. Sania Nishtar is the founder and president of the NGO Heartfile in Pakistan and the founder of Heartfile Health Financing for which she received the global innovation award. She has previously served as a caretaker Federal Minister in the interim government in 2013.