6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

A Prescription for a Secure Pakistan: Why Health is Vital for National Security and Economic Development

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Pakistan faces many health challenges, including high infant mortality rates. Pakistan’s population growth and birth rates—the highest in South Asia—complicate efforts to provide quality and accessible health care to its citizenry. This event will address Pakistan’s health challenges, with an emphasis on maternal and child health and nutrition, and highlight the implications for stability and economic growth. The panel will also discuss the Pakistani government’s responses and U.S. government assistance programs for Pakistan’s health sector.


  • Richard Cincotta

    Global Fellow
    Demographer in Residence, The Stimson Center
  • Saira Afzal Tarrar

    Minister of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Government of Pakistan
  • Zulfiqar Bhutta

    Husein Laljee Dewraj Professor and Founding Chair, Division of Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Pakistan
  • Dan Grant

    Deputy Assistant to the Administrator for Pakistan, Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, USAID