LAHORE: A workshop was held on Tuesday on family planning by Pathfinder International, an international organisation working in Pakistan, and reproductive health in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Officials from Population Welfare Department, Health Department as well as representatives of national and international organisation working on family planning attended the workshop. In his introductory remarks, Dr Tauseef Ahmad, country representative Pathfinder said that the study was an assessment aimed at ascertaining the state of family planning based on operations, progress made and shortcomings covering the period 2000-11.
He said several quantitative studies have done in recent past but it has missed the underlying system-wise issues which caused the sector’s poor performance. The study contains 9 units that examine the role and contribution of different stakeholders.
According to the study, the targets and goals related to family planning have not been achieved because of lack of clear policies, planning, a governance mechanism and limited coordination among relevant stakeholders.–Staff Reporter