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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]