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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]