Monthly Archives: June 2003

Health sector in the doldrums

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

THE health sector in Pakistan is in a state of crisis. Yet the policy makers appear to be unconcerned about the sufferings of the people. The pity is that the induction of the so-called democratic government has not made the slightest difference to the quality of life of the common citizen.
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ARTICLES: Ancient treasure of knowledge

By Zubeida Mustafa

London has a new landmark. The British Library. Opened to the public five years ago, it has emerged as a major crowd-puller in the British metropolis. That is not at all surprising for it combines on its premises the beauty of its architecture, the aesthetic delicacy of its decor and the wealth of its collected treasures to attract even the most ‘unliterary’ of people. You don’t have to be a bibliophile or a scholar looking for reference material to visit the library, though 431,000 of its visitors last year were readers who had come to consult its books. But nearly as many came just to have a look around and marvel at what they saw.
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Will Pakistan sign tobacco treaty?

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

HOW much is a human life worth? Why is it held to be invaluable in the developed democracies of the West but dirt cheap in a Third World country like Pakistan? This contradiction emerged clearly last month when the annual World Health Assembly of the WHO adopted the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) on May 21 in Geneva after four years of protracted negotiations interspersed with hot bargaining.
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