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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

Pakistan’s fight against polio: Challenges and policy options

Feb 17

03:00PM to 5:00PM

SDPI conference hall, 4th floor, Taimur Chambers, Fazal-ul-Haq Road, Blue Area, Islamabad

The global immunization campaign has made the world polio free except Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Pakistan has made significant efforts to eradicate polio yet new cases of polio regularly make news. Polio or poliomyelitis is a viral infectious disease which severely causes disability, nerve injury leading to death in most cases. This disease is three serotype which is transmitted through fecal-oral and oral-oral routes.  
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched in 1988 with the collaboration of other partners including WHO (World Health Organization), UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Education Fund) and the United States centers for disease control and prevention.  The GPEI has reduced more than 99% polio incidence in 125 countries.  Whereas it is preventable condition but still Pakistan is reporting polio incidences every year. According to Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme, in the year of 2019, a total of 144 polio cases were reported, as compared to 12 cases in 2018 and only eight cases in 2017, which is quite alarming. 
It is in this context, SDPI is organising a seminar titled “Pakistan’s fight against polio: Challenges and policy options” to further understand the factors that are causing polio incidences in Pakistan and provide relevant policy recommendations to the government.
Welcome Remarks
Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI  
Chair of the Panel
Dr. Nausheen Hamid, Parliamentary Secretary, National Health Services Regulations and Coordination
  • Maj. Gen. Dr. Aamer Ikram, Executive Director, National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad 
  • Dr. Rana Muhamad Safdar, National Program Manager (NPM), Federal Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI)
  • Representative of World Health Organisation (WHO), Pakistan Office
  • Representative of UNICEF Pakistan Office
  • Dr. Imran S. Khalid, Research Fellow, SDPI 
SDPI cordially invites you to participate in this special seminar.
The programme will be live streamed at