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Panel discussion at Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

KARACHI -- A panel discussion titled "Improving Women's Health in South Asia: Working towards achieving SDG 3 and FP2020 Goals" was held in a local hotel in Karachi during the 17th Bienniel Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Pakistan (SOGP) conference.

This session was supported by Sukh Initiative, a multi-donor funded, family planning project serving one million underserved population in peri-urban areas of Karachi, Sindh. The panel discussion was moderated by Dr Farid Midhet, a leading family planning expert.

The panelists include prominent experts of Family Planning including Dr. Haris Ahmed, - Head of Sukh Initaitive, Dr. Talib Lashari - Technical Advisor CIP, Dr. Razia Korejo - renowned Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Dr. Azra Ahsan, a leading Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Dr. Laila Shah - Programme Director, Sukh Initiative at Jhpiego. Responding to a question by Dr. Farid Midhet regarding Sukh's life cycle based approach to improve women's health, Dr. Haris Ahmed shared that Sukh is a life cycle based approach reaching out to youth and people seeking Family Planning services in the target areas; educates them about reproductive health to be responsible adults.

Family planning is a reality that should be seen as a part of the overall health environment and Sukh has demonstrated success by practicing this approach.

He further thanked SOGP for giving Sukh this platform and encouraged such learning interactions for diverse audience.

He emphasized that CIP is actively working to improve women health in Sindh and contributing to achieve SDG goal 3 to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages and FP2020 goals. Concluding the panel discussion on a positive note, Dr Farid Midhet shared that every women should have organized access to Family planning in Pakistan. We need to factor in the recent changes and development in the health care sector. By 2020, we will try that every women should have access to family planning services.

Dr Midhet further emphasized that achieving FP2020 goals is not impossible if we all work together.

The Sukh Initiative is Pakistan's first urban family planning project launched in November 2013 with assistance from The Aman Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The project goal is to increase prevalence of modern contraceptives by 15 percentage points, from the baseline, in selected one million, underserved peri-urban population of Karachi, Sindh.

The project has successfully completed its 4 years of implementation and have demonstrated remarkable results by achieving 9 out of fifteen percentage of modern contraceptive prevalence rate in selected areas of Korangi; Landhi; Bin Qasim; and Malir.

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Publication:The Nation (Karachi, Pakistan)
Article Type:Discussion
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Mar 5, 2018
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