To mark World Population Day 2019, the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination, the British High Commission and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organised a high-level event in Islamabad.
The UK, through its Department for International Development, leads the UK’s global efforts to control population growth rate, extreme poverty and malnutrition. Through its Delivering Accelerated Family Planning Programme, DFID is making family planning information and services accessible to those in need in Pakistan.
Since 2012, the UK support has reached over 1.7 million new family planning users and prevented 4,900 maternal deaths, over 3.49 million unwanted pregnancies, and 490,000 abortions. By March 2022, our programme aims to achieve 550,000 modern contraception users.
Speaking at the event, Deputy Head of DFID Pakistan Kemi Williams said:
Rapid population growth is a major challenge for many countries across the world, including Pakistan and the situation is likely to get worse if urgent action is not taken. The UK is committed to support Pakistan’s plans to manage its population growth.
DFID Pakistan, through its Delivering Accelerated Family Planning programme is making family planning services accessible to men and women across the country.
I believe that every woman should have access to family planning services so that she is empowered to plan her life, be healthy, have healthy children and contribute to the economic growth of Pakistan.