Govt committed to provide basic needs for family planning: Saira Afzal

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APP41-03 ISLAMABAD: December 03 – Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination addressing the launching ceremony of “The State of World Population (SOWP) Report” on “SHELTER FROM THE STORM” a transformative agenda for women and girls in a crisis-prone world. APP

ISLAMABAD, Dec 3 (APP): Minister of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar Wednesday said that the present government is committed to provide basic needs for family planning, reproductive health care and safe child birth to
strengthen the health systems.
The federal government is coordinating and liaising with provincial governments to provide maximum support in order to fulfill the needs of women and girls she said this on the launching ceremony of “The
State of World Population (SOWP) Report” on “SHELTER
FROM THE STORM” a transformative agenda for women and
girls in a crisis-prone world.
She appreciated the UNFPA support extended to the
government for restoring the critical reproductive
health services during the past emergencies and helping
communities and health providers to prepare for future
disasters by mobilizing women to lead local disaster
risk reduction committees.
The minister said that the federal government is
working with provinces and other stakeholders to improve
health and RH indicators to meet the internationally
agreed goals i.e FP2020.
The Population Summit 2015 was the land marked
event organized by the government of Pakistan shows the
commitment of the current government towards population
issues, she added.
The report highlighted that the urban population
growth has become increasingly concentrated in
developing countries, where 1.2 million people are
migrating to cities every week.
The urbanization in Pakistan is also increasing
rapidly. The urbanization along with population growth
affecting the resource planning.
The demographic and Reproductive Health (RH)
indicators for Pakistan are very much close to the DHS
2012-13.
About three fifths of maternal deaths around the
world take place in humanitarian and fragile contexts.
Significant progress has been made globally in the
past decade to provide services to women and girls in
humanitarian situations, there are still gaps in action,
and in funding.