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Pakistan: Youth demand reproductive health education

Pakistan: Youth demand reproductive health education

“Pakistan is facing the twin threat of high population growth rate and climate change both of which are arguably linked with each other in a number of ways, as population increases also increases needs” said Dr Mumtaz Esker Director General (Population Programme Wing of P&D Division) and Chief Executive (National Trust for Population Welfare NATPOW) at the dialogue between youth and parliamentarians organized by Planning and Development Division in collaboration with Rahnuma Family Planning Association of Pakistan and UNFPA.

“You must have all witnessed the effects of rising sea levels, flash floods in 2010 & 2011, earthquake in heavily populated areas, internal and external migration, food shortages, environmental degradation and increase level of green house gas emissions to mention a few of the hazards,”

“The Total Fertility Rate has declined slowly from 5.7 births per women in the 1990s to 4.1 million births per women in 2005 and 3.6 in 2010. As a year in which a country reaches replacement level fertility has a major impact on its ultimate size, Pakistan is still far away from this goal. The population growth rate has come down from over 3.0 per cent in the previous decades to its current level of 2.05%, but the alarming fact is that population of Pakistan will double in the next 34 years.”

Read on:  The International News (Pakistan)

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