Speakers highlight policy gap and unmet needs of young mothers in SRH and MNCH


Peshawar: Speakers at consultative workshop on “Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues” have highlighted the policy gap and unmet needs of young mothers in delivery of better health services, and calling for effective and sustainable policies for overcome with the increasing maternal and infant mortality ratio across the country.

The consultation session was held with alliance on MGD5b, comprising on representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and media regarding “Reproductive Health of young mothers and newborn, organized by Rahnuma-Family Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP) at its regional office here on Wednesday.

During the workshop, the participants stressed the need for proper implementation of policies, provide quality health services to MNCH, besides to meet with the global commitments in the health sector. The contraception will be reduced unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions, the participants, said. They emphasized that special program should be launched to create awareness among young women, which could only be helpful to reduce the infant and maternal morality ratio.

Rahnuma-FPAP Regional Director, Gohar Zaman and Regional program Manager, Suleman Rehman, in their detailed presentation highlighted that situation was completely dismal regarding provision of better healthcare services to young mothers and their newborn child amid growing fertility rate. He attributed that inadequate resources, poor management and policies are the major hurdle in redressing sexual reproductive health and MNCH issues.

Mr Zaman said despite the formulation of policies and framework, there was not taken any proactive measures for delivering of better healthcare services for mother neonatal and child health and sexual reproductive health. He stressed the need for proper implementation of policies, provide quality health services to MNCH, besides to meet with the global commitments in the health sector.

At the concluding remarks, Vice President of Rahnuma-FPAP KP Haji Sattar Gul said the organisation was working on provision of better healthcare services to mother and child keeping in view Islamic norms and cultural values. He said the issues of sexual reproductive health, were not resolving due to lack of effective coordination among different government and semi-government, and NGOs.

Mr Gul also highlighted the role of media in dissemination of knowledge and awareness among mothers of better healthcare services and how to reduce infant and maternal mortality rate.

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