ISLAMABAD: With an estimated population of over 180 million and growth rate of 2%, Pakistan population will double in the next 36 years.
There will not be enough natural resources, jobs, health or educational facilities for so many people. Our maternal mortality rate is one of the highest in the world, which means that the number of women who die during pregnancy and childbirth is extremely high. When a mother dies, not just one person dies but the whole family suffers from a lifetime of sorrow and deprivation.
Rahnuma-Family Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP) with the support of Research & Advocacy Fund (RAF) launched a Media Kit for raising awareness on Family Planning-2020 through a national level event, which was attended by journalists from all
over Pakistan, Ms. Mahtab Akbar Rashadi, Begum Surraya Jabeen, Syed Kamal Shah, Ms. Nabila Malick, Amir Hameed, DG (Health) NHSCR, Chief Planning from Planning & Development Division, Partner INGOs/NGOs and Civil Society. Ms. Mahtab Akbar Rashadi, President, R-FPAP welcomed all participants, she highlighted the importance of public private partnership before signing MOU with the National Health Services Coordination Ministry.
Dr Shafqat Sheikh, DG (NHSCR) signed MOU on the behalf of Ministry. The objective of Media Kit are to create awareness in the media on population issues, information about London Family Planning Summit of 2020, to bring the commitments that the govt of Pakistan made at the Summit in to the public domain, and enable media to become informed advocates for these communities to be honored.
The participants were appraised that FP-2020 is the name given to the commitments made at the London Family Planning Summit in 2012. Global partners from across the world came together at this summit to support the right of women and girls to decide
freely and for themselves, whether, when and how many children they choose to have. The summit called for unprecedented global political commitment and resources that will 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020. It was resolved that FP-2020 is a great opportunity for Pakistan to put resources in FP and take maximum advantage of its demographic window, Family Planning will lead to better health and better tomorrow, provinces were requested to make FP a high priority and address this issue effectively after 18th Constitutional Amendment.
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