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 […]


Scaling up Safe Postabortion Care Technologies and Trainings to the Midlevel Providers – Ipas Experience of the Punjab Province in Pakistan

In Pakistan, fewer than 35% of currently married women use modern contraceptive methods, and unintended pregnancy is common. Population Council study 2002 unfolds that nearly 900,000 induced abortions are performed each year in Pakistan and a recent national study (2012) found that almost 700,000 women sought medical treatment for complications at healthcare facilities, mostly due […]


A personal story to mark World Sight Day

October 9th 2014 is marked as World Sight Day, a day to focus international attention on blindness and vision impairment. On the occasion of World Sight Day, I’d like to share my story about sight. I will connect it to the eye-care situation in Pakistan and hope that it will inspire more interest and efforts […]


Access to Pharmacists is Access to Health  

As designated by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Council 25th September marks the annual World Pharmacists Day. Pharmacy is the health profession that links the health sciences with the basic sciences, committed to ensuring the safe and effective use of medication. Historically from medication, compounding and dispensing, the role of pharmacists globally has transformed over […]


Demographic Demons of Pakistan

The Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS) is part of the world wide Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), which are conducted in over 90 countries since the past thirty years. The DHS is undertaken with the objective to provide reliable estimates of fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, nutritional status, women empowerment, domestic violence […]


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 […]