The case for including Family Planning in the post-2015 framework

This issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Tricia Petruney and Colleagues argue why Family Planning needs to be part of the post 2015 goals. They state that “A multitude of stakeholders have since [2010, which is when evidence showed family planning’s connection to all eight MDGs] advocated for family planning to be […]


Vacancy: Six month post Policy and Advocacy Assistant UNFPA

UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) is looking for a young professional with a relevant Masters Degree and one or two years work experience to work on a 6 month assignment as Policy and Advocacy Assistant to the Representative. This is a busy and critical year for UNFPA with several major global events taking place of […]


Girl Summit 2014

 If you are not in London attending the Girl Summit this week, it doesn’t mean you can’t participate in the global movement, which the Summit envisages rallying to end child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) and female genital mutilation (FGM) for all girls within a generation. Pledge support for this through Twitter and Facebook. The conference, which […]


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 […]


The 20th International AIDS Conference has commenced

The 20th International AIDS Conference being held in Melbourne, Australia started on a somber note as it mourned the loss of 6 of its colleagues, who were on way to attend this international event and did not make it – their lives lost to a tragic event as the Malaysian airliner they were traveling on […]


Reflections from the UN NCD’s review

My visit to the United Nations’ headquarters during the UN review on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on Friday, July 11, as speaker and moderator for two events, respectively, made me go down the memory lane for some reasons. As a young medical intern working in the then named North West Frontier Province of Pakistan (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), I was always […]


Poor Reproductive Health reinforces Poverty

Shahida Fazil

The Population Programme of Pakistan of which Reproductive Health and Family Planning (RH&FP) are an integral component, has witnessed an appreciable decline in fertility. Yet this fertility transition has been slower when compared to other countries in the region and not accompanied by similar declines in other RH&FP indicators. Contraceptive prevalence, which initially increased in the 90s […]


Message on World Population Day by Dr. Yasmeen Sabeeh Qazi

“We cannot afford to be ignorant about population issues; it is an unfinished, huge agenda that is impacting every sphere of development in this country” On the occasion of 20th anniversary of International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) (Cairo) conference this September, all countries are taking stock of progress made to achieve ICPD goals […]


Launching our Reproductive Health eBulletin

Saba Amjad

We are pleased to be launching today our Reproductive Health eBulletin, in order to engage in targeted advocacy to overcome systems’ constraints in the Family Planning and Reproductive Health sector (FP & RH) in Pakistan. The Reproductive Health eBulletin is one of the newsletters of the Heartfile-hosted Pakistan Health Policy Forum, a membership-based entity, supported […]