Meeting the unmet need for family planning in rural areas – Proposal of a collaborative Population Welfare-Health Department approach

Pakistan’s  population  scene is  characterized by a low contraceptive prevalence rate ( 35.4%) and a high unmet need for family planning services (20.1%). Thus every fifth married woman in the reproductive age group either wants to postpone the next birth or does not want to have any more children but at the same time is […]


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 […]


Rethinking the fight against drug abuse

Zaeem wakes up at the break of dawn. After a quick shower at a local mosque, he gathers his tools and waits outside the G-11 markaz for someone to approach him for household maintenance work. A hashish smoker from his early teens, Zaeem, now 45, is as functional and productive as most people who have […]


The Right to Reproductive Healthcare in Pakistan: The Voice of Women

This comment summarizes the key findings of the captioned report. The full report can be accessed here. As a context it is important to recognize that Pakistan’s slow progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 is reflected in its high burden of maternal and child mortality, third highest on the international platform.  The […]


Health promotion through eHealth: The case of mDiabetes in Senegal

Recently a post on the WHO website caught my eye. The title is self explanatory. “Mobile phones help people with diabetes to manage fasting and feasting during Ramadan”. We at Heartfile are heavily engaged in the use of mobile phones, with Heartfile Health Financing (HHF) which is an mHealth enabled social protection system protecting poor […]


Immunization in Pakistan

It is World Immunization Week and the global health community can celebrate the fact that a large share of the world’s children no longer suffer illness and death due to vaccine preventable diseases. However, the families of Pakistan still suffer greatly; children in Pakistan are less likely to have benefitted from the cost-effective intervention of […]


Only systems thinking can improve family planning program in Pakistan

At present, Pakistan ranks sixth among most populous countries; in spite of a long history of family planning programs since 1953. Yet it is difficult to claim any considerable reduction in the population growth rate. Total fertility rate is still high, contraceptive prevalence rate increasing slowly, and moreover there is a high unmet need, not […]


First day of life

Pakistan has the highest number of children that die during child birth or on the first day of life. Unfortunately, it is the top country in the world that’s been unable to meet security requirements for newborn babies, yet there is no official notice of this. According to the latest Save the Children report “Ending […]