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One Pakistan News

Published Date: Feb 21, 2014

Focus urged on high population growth

Experts at a launch of Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS)
2012-13, demanded inclusive initiatives & engagement of the
government to address high population growth and also providing better
health facilities to the nation. They also emphasized on the indicators
of child mortality and fertility level, which are alarming and highest
in the region.

This launch was jointly organised by Sustainable Development Policy
Institute (SDPI) and National Institute of Population Studies (NIPS).

PDHS 2012-13 is conducted by the (NIPS), provides data for monitoring
the population and health situation in Pakistan with an explicit goal
of providing reliable information about maternal and child health and
family planning.

Abdul Basit Khan, Executive Director, NIPS shared the key findings of
the survey & revealed that Pakistan has made some expected
developments in the health sector, but still lags far behind other South
Asian countries.

He opined that provincial governments need to address issues at
grassroots level, especially to achieve the Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs). Further he added that excessive population growth, illiteracy
rate, financial constraints & food insecurity is a serious challenge
for Pakistan in ensuring access to quality health services. This is the
third demographic and health survey conducted in the country by (NIPS)
he stated.

Shakeel Ramay, Senior Researcher SDPI said that there is a dire need
to mark the importance of the publication for empirical policy analysis
and research on population studies in Pakistan.

Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and National
Institute of Population Studies (NIPS) also signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU). The MoU aims at strengthening institutional
networking & support, enhancing institutional capacities and
extending out-reach.