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Seminar on family planning held.

PESHAWAR -- A seminar was held Tuesday to advocate for the potential of public-private partnerships in Family Planning and role of task shifting to mid-level providers to contribute to the attainment of Family Planning Vision 2020 goals.

Dr Masood Orakzai Director General PWD, Dr Perveiz Kamal Khan DG Population Health KP, Mr Muzafar Syed Finance Minister KP, Mr Muzafar Qureshi, Dr Fazle Nabi, Secretary KP, and Dr Meher Taj Roghani, Deputy Speaker KP graced the occasion with their presence and talked about the contribution of KP to achieving FP 2020 objectives of Pakistan.

Dr Meher Taj Roghani who spoke on the occasion mentioned that KP should reinforce and emphasize the importance of family planning by developing partnership with private sector. Families need to be sensitized about the need for family planning and Ulama, religious leaders and scholars should be included in strategies for family planning so that to make this crucial program successful, she added.

Dr Yasmin Qazi, Senior Country Advisor for Population Program and David and Lucile Packard Foundation briefed the audience about the role of demand side financing in poor area for improving uptake of family planning. She also reinforced on public private partnerships to achieve the contraceptive prevalence rate goals of KP.

Dr Aziz ur Rab, CEO Greenstar Social Mareketing talked about integration of maternal and child for uptake of family planning , capacity building of mid-level cadre of health workers for better productivity in family planning and task sharing to help achieve the desired Contraceptive Prevalence Rate. He emphasized that unless we treat our women right and offer them means of birth spacing, our condition will not improve as family planning is indeed a means to overall family wellbeing.

According to details shared by Green Star said that Pakistan plans to achieve universal access to reproductive health by 2020 and to raise Contraceptive Prevalence Rate to 55 percent by 2020. The situation since the last few decades has been a stagnant CRP and low immunization rates.

To meet this challenge, Packard Foundation supported population services International and Green Star Social Marketing and Marie Stopes Society to test different demand side financing models designed to improve utilization of modern family planning services and methods, it added.

Results were shared with key stakeholders Department of Health, Population Welfare Department, MNCH Balochistan, Members Provincial Assembly, Packard Foundation, Greenstar Social Marketing and Marie Stopes Society among others. The results of this project were presented through an advocacy event organized by Green Star Social Marketing and Packard Foundation on 6th April 2016 at Movenpick Hotel Karachi.

Green Star briefed about the project that was implemented in Faisalabad and overall 28, 000 voucher booklets were sold at a minimal price of Rs 100 to poor pregnant women, it informed. The booklet had two postnatal and newborn health visits, five infant vaccination visits as per the national immunization schedule, and six family planning counseling visits within 18 months of delivery.

The results of the project showed that 79 percent adopted a modern FP method and 75 percent of children were fully immunized. Overall women who used immunization were 17 times more likely to take up modern contraception. The project was successful in improving the contraceptive, it stated.
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Publication:Frontier Post (Peshawar, Pakistan)
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Date:Jul 20, 2016
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