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43 percent of pregnancies unintended in Sindh, seminar told

Pathfinder's Tauseef Ahmed, Country Representative in Pakistan, discusses the difficulties the country faces due to its high population.

“You can earn demographic dividend only if you invest in health (that included reproductive health and family planning), education, employment opportunities and good governance,” Dr Tauseef Ahmed of Pathfinder said, adding that governance based on merit-based decisions and accountability was the backbone of the process.

World Population Day: Call for concrete measures to curb growth

Pathfinder International head Dr Tauseef Ahmed said that most of the youth was now being dubbed “uneducated, unskilled, and devoid of aspirations”. He said growing population is a cross-cutting issue all over the world, he said.

Experts stress need to invest in youth on ‘World Population Day’

Demographic expert Dr Tauseef Ahmed, while speaking at a workshop organised by non-government organisations Subh-e-Nau and Pathfinders, said that if we fail to invest in the youth, not only they will be unskilled and uneducated but they will stay unemployed.

Pakistan: Where Mothers Are Also Children

Dr. Tauseef Ahmed, Pakistan country director of Pathfinder International, a non-profit organisation working to improve adolescent and youth access to sexual and reproductive health services in more than 30 countries, says that early pregnancy is not uncommon among teenage brides. In fact, having a baby is a way of proving one’s fertility, and the values of adolescent pregnancy are “protected by women and girls themselves,” he told IPS.

Family Planning: Coverage, Access to Services Poor, Says Report by Pathfinder International and UNFPA

According to a new study conducted by Pathfinder International and UNFPA, coverage and access to family planning services remains a challenge in Pakistan.

Tauseef Ahmed, Pathfinder International’s country representative said, “Devolution was done in a hurry without capacity-building of provincial counterparts for their new responsibilities.” Family planning is the right of every woman and by depriving them, you’re putting their lives at stake, he added.

Speakers Say Family Planning Enhances Investment in Human Capital

Pathfinder International staff held a workshop in Pakistan to discuss family planning and its link to economic progress and to share findings from an in-depth study of the state of family planning nationwide.

According to Pathfinder's study, the targets and goals related to family planning have not been achieved due to lack of clear policies, planning, a governance mechanism and limited coordination among relevant stakeholders. It also mentioned that coverage and access was found lacking as the departments of health did not own the program.

Challenging Population Growth: Family Planning Services Gloss Over Women’s Health Needs

Pathfinder International's Pakistan Country Representative Tauseef Ahmed discusses the state of family planning in Pakistan with the Express Tribune.

Tauseef said that during the last decade Pakistan’s family planning program was never given due priority in terms of perspective plan implementation. He emphasized that Pakistan needed ‘political will’ to re-design family planning services to reach out all needy women.  “We should have a clear and comprehensive policy to be managed by a commission with full authority,” he said.

Rapid Population Growth Constitutes Threat for Economy

Tauseef Ahmed, Pathfinder's Country Representative in Pakistan, writes about the need for political will to support and advance family planning initiatives in Pakistan.

Pakistan has a very high maternal mortality ratio implying more than 15,000 mother lose their lives in the process of giving birth. It is state’s responsibility to protect the lives of mothers. If Pakistani mothers are to live a health life then provision of family planning becomes their right—right to access and to choose and right to use.

For Better Health of Women and Children, Pakistan Needs Political Will

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Speakers at a seminar organized by Pathfinder International say political will is necessary to address the unmet need for family planning and other women's health services in Pakistan

Investing in women’s health not only improves her life, but the quality of life of her family, community and eventually her country. More than half of the world’s unpaid labour comes from women, therefore, their contribution needs to be recognised.

Pathfinder's Dr. Haris Ahmed Stresses Need to Address Maternal Mortality in Pakistan

Experts from Pathfinder International and the Marie Stopes Society emphasize the importance of family planning and birth spacing as a part of reducing the maternal mortality rate in Pakistan.

“Couples continue to suffer due to lack of awareness of modern family planning methods. Six percent of mothers of all ages die due to unsafe abortions. Keeping these facts in mind, the event focused on having a discussion on what should be done to address and eventually eradicate these maladies."

Pathfinder Joins in Statement of Grief for NGO Deaths in Pakistan

Pathfinder International, as a member of the Pakistan Reproductive Health Network, joins in sharing the grief and outrage of other NGO and civil society organizations over the deaths of health workers in Pakistan.
Type: Press Release
Country: Pakistan
Focus Area: Advocacy

Lack of Political Will, Funding Killing Pakistani Women

One in every 89 Pakistani women will die of childbirth-related causes compared to 1 in 8,000 in the developed world.

“We have committed a lot but funding support toward the achievement of these is quite insufficient. With this pace of growth and lack of family planning policy it is difficult for Pakistan to achieve the targets by 2015, rather it would require the next 10 years to do achieve these goals,” Tauseef Ahmed, Pathfinder's Pakistan Country Representative, said.

Cancerous concerns

Rates of cervical cancer in Pakistan are grounds for concern while many resist HPV Vaccine.
On a visit to St Paul's Hospital's Cervical Cancer Prevention Unit working under Pathfinder, a starkly simple solution for early detection of cervical cancer in an economical and effective manner stared at me. The Unit consisted of three tiny rooms with the simple most equipment, and an old steel bed for patients. A senior nurse professional met us, who heads the small team responsible for detection of the earliest signs of cervical cancer of so many women, and in turn saving their lives.

Awareness about birth spacing: Safeguarding mother and child health

In a discussion concerning family well being, speakers call for safe birth spacing, but resist permanent contraception.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Dr Tauseef Ahmed, Country Representative Pathfinder International said after consultation with religious scholars, a draft of sermons has been formulated, which will soon be published and distributed among all seminaries affiliated with Wafaqul Madaris at local and district levels. These sermons contain 10 topics, including planning in family welfare in Islam, relationship between husband and wife, importance of nikkah and related issues, reproductive health, safe motherhood, breastfeeding and teachings rights of children in Islam among others.

Health workshop: Scaling up best practices in family planning

In a discussion concerning family planning, leaders address failure in Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, Pathfinder International's Country Director Dr Tauseef Ahmed said, "Pakistan has steadily improved family planning services over time but the progress has been limited due to absence of a holistic approach and poor use of evidence for programmatic development."
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