Focus urged on high population growth

Islamabad: Experts at a launch of “Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS) 2012-13, demanded inclusive initiatives & engagement of the government to address high population growth and also providing better health facilities to the nation. They also emphasized on the indicators of child mortality and fertility level, which are alarming and highest in the region.

This launch was jointly organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and National Institute of Population Studies (NIPS).

PDHS 2012-13 is conducted by the (NIPS), provides data for monitoring the population and health situation in Pakistan with an explicit goal of providing reliable information about maternal and child health and family planning.

Abdul Basit Khan, Executive Director, NIPS shared the key findings of the survey & revealed that Pakistan has made some expected developments in the health sector, but still lags far behind other South Asian countries.

He opined that provincial governments need to address issues at grassroots level, especially to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Further he added that excessive population growth, illiteracy rate, financial constraints & food insecurity is a serious challenge for Pakistan in ensuring access to quality health services. “This is the third demographic and health survey conducted in the country by (NIPS)” he stated.

Shakeel Ramay, Senior Researcher SDPI said that there is a dire need to mark the importance of the publication for empirical policy analysis and research on population studies in Pakistan.

Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and National Institute of Population Studies (NIPS) also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU aims at strengthening institutional networking & support, enhancing institutional capacities and extending out-reach.

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