CGI Commitment saves lives in Peshawar, Pakistan

Just days before the horrific shooting at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan last December that killed at least 145 people (most of them children), two 40-foot ocean freight containers of medical supplies were delivered to Lady Reading Hospital. The hospital would soon become the site where most of the people injured were rushed to receive […]

World Cancer Day 2015: Statistics, facts and ‘Not Beyond Us’ theme

World Cancer Day, observed annually on 4 February, is dedicated to raising awareness of cancer and encouraging its prevention, detection and treatment. Cancers are among the leading causes of death worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths in 2012. Yet thanks to breakthroughs in research and treatment, cancer survival rates […]

World Pneumonia Day 2014

On November 12, 2014, the world observes World Pneumonia Day. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that is usually caused by bacteria or viruses. Children are more susceptible to pneumonia and usually present with fever, cough, breathing difficulty or loss of appetite. Globally, pneumonia causes more deaths than any other infectious disease. This is […]

State of the World’s Midwifery 2014

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000. All 191 UN member states have committed to achieve these goals by the year 2015 and to combat issues such as poverty, hunger and disease. MDG 4 and 5 aim to reduce […]

Dark cloud with a silver lining

In a recent article titled “Population, not politics, threatens Pakistan”, @VJMallet, the South Asia Bureau Chief of the Financial Times discusses how the population issues of Pakistan could have dire consequences for the country. He mentions how despite the rising political tensions and debate regarding the future, population growth is one subject that seems to […]

First National Conference on Social Franchising 2014

Marie Stopes Society is hosting the First National Conference on Social Franchising 2014 at the Pearl Continental Hotel (Bhurban, Murree) on August 27, 2014. Marie Stopes Society, a registered non-profit social enterprise in Pakistan, is one of the leading players in effective implementation of Social Franchising (SF) to expand access to Reproductive Health. With our […]

Youth ASK Leadership Conclave concludes

‘Youth Ask Leadership Conclave 2014,’ concluded on Sunday, August 10, 2014 in Islamabad. Participants belonging to 18 different cities attended different capacity-building sessions to become the face of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) initiatives at national and international events. The conclave concluded with a ‘Charter of Demand’ and an action plan for the […]

Youth ASK Leadership Conclave

Pakistan is 6th most populous country in the world with a population of 188 Million. 33 percent of this vast population constitutes adolescents who lack basic information and knowledge regarding their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The role of young people has not only become important but vital for Pakistan’s future development and sustainability […]

The Girl Summit 2014 and the Girls Declaration

“I was not put on this earth to be invisible” “I was not born to be denied” Two statements from the powerful Girls Declaration at the conclusion of the Girls Summit 2014. The Summit ended in London with hundreds of millions of pounds committed in an effort to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, […]