Heartfile is a non-profit NGO think tank with a focus on policy analysis and innovative solutions for improving health systems in Pakistan. Here at Heartfile, they seek to act with integrity, to be inclusive, and to work co-operatively while retaining their independence at all times. Heartfile was established by Dr Sania Nishtar, Founder and President in 1998.
Analysis and advocacy at the health policy and systems level: they focus on analyzing health systems’ policies and strengthening the evidence base of health reform. By offering evidence-based locally feasible solutions, they strive to catalyze change in the health system in order to improve healthcare quality and its access in developing countries. They also provide an independent voice for the protection and promotion of health.
Innovative solutions for improving health systems: they develop and deploy innovative solutions for health systems' strengthening. The Heartfile Health Financing project and Heartfile’s work in non-communicable diseases is part of this approach. Heartfile Health Financing is an mHealth enabled social protection systems which enables financial access of the poorest of the poor to healthcare. As a “development initiative” it is Heartfile’s practical entry point to health reform, whereas as a “humanitarian initiative” it protects people from medical impoverishment, indebtedness and forgoing care altogether.
- To strengthen and catalyze change in health and other social sectors in Pakistan, to help develop and deploy solutions independently. This is done with domestic and international support, sponsors or partnerships to capitalize sharing of experiences, internationally.
- To provide an independent and effective voice for the protection and promotion of the health and well-being of the country's population; in doing so, to act with integrity, and while being inclusive and cooperative to retain intellectual independence.
- To stimulate, assist in the development of, and monitor the development of health and other social policies; foster their implementation and catalyze change through technical and policy support.
- To review and analyze health and other social policies and their implementation; offer evidence-based locally feasible solutions to address gaps; and assist in developing and deploying solutions.
- To advocate and influence policy-makers in order to improve health and other social outcomes.
- To play a technically supportive role for achieving the stated objectives.
- To play a watchdog function by helping to promote accountability of decisions by educating citizens and the civil society in the dynamics of health and social policy and related cross-cutting issues.
- To foster collaborative endeavors between stakeholders (both within and outside of the health sector and in any other sphere) in order to improve health and social outcomes and to help the civil society establish a role in setting priorities, making decisions and planning and implementing strategies for improving social conditions and health.
- To provide a point of national contact for stakeholders within the health and social sectors for discussion and dialogue and an ongoing consultative mechanism
- To found, establish, aid, assist, set up, manage, maintain, administer and run institutional arrangements and/or projects that can enable achieving better health and social outcomes.
- To give aid and subsistence to those in need as and when it may be possible and feasible.
- To undertake all activities and to do all lawful acts and deeds as in pursuance of any of the foregoing objects or ancillary to the same but always subject to the applicable requirements of the Societies Registration Act, 1860, the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 and the Income Tax Rules, 2002 (or any re-enactment, modification, amendment or re-promulgation thereof).See more