LAHORE - Speakers at a seminar have stressed the need for raising awareness among married couple about use of safe contraceptive measures to avoid unwanted pregnancy. They said that so many people rely on emergency contraception and drastic measures such as abortion that could cause many complications and even death of a woman.
Bayer HealthCare Pakistan arranged the seminar at a local hotel on Thursday as part of series of health awareness programs to mark World Contraception Day. Leading gynecologists from King Edward Medical University and Services Institute of Medical Sciences Prof Tayyaba Waseem and Prof Maryam Malik highlighted the importance of contraception for birth control, proper gap in birth of children and significance of WCD.
Earlier, Bayer arranged similar events in Karachi, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala, Hyderabad, Rawalpindi, Quetta and Peshawar to raise awareness about contraception amongst married couples.
Country’s leading consultant obstetricians and gynecologists were invited at these events as key note speakers to provide balanced information and tailored resources for this purpose.
The objective of these symposia was to improve awareness amongst general public about various kinds of contraceptive methods and to facilitate open discussions amongst health care professionals.
WCD is a worldwide campaign that takes place on September 26 every year, the annual worldwide campaign centers around a vision for “a world where every pregnancy is wanted”. Launched in 2007, its mission is to improve awareness about contraception and its various methods to enable married people to make informed decisions about family planning. Countries around the world organise events to mark WCD and to demonstrate their commitment to raise awareness on contraception and improving education regarding reproductive health.
This year, the message of WCD in Pakistan is “It’s Your Life, It’s Your Future, Know your Options!”
WCD is supported by a coalition of 11 international NGOs and scientific and medical societies with an interest in reproductive health and is sponsored by Bayer HealthCare.
The contraception prevalence rate in Pakistan in 2006- 07 was 30 per cent in which the most commonly used method was ‘female sterilization’ (8 per cent). 46 million women around the world have abortions each year. Of these women, 78 per cent live in developing countries and 22 per cent in developed countries.
In the developing countries, 36 per cent of pregnancies are unintended and 20 per cent of them end in abortion. In developing regions, (excluding China) where abortion is often illegal or highly restricted, abortion mortality is hundreds of times higher than in developed countries (330 deaths per 100,000 abortions).