On the Day of World Population, UNFPA theme for WPD-2020 putting the brakes on Covid-19: how to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls now.
July 11th is World Population Day, established in 1989 by the United Nations. It seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues essential for achieving sustainable development goals.
Covid-19 pandemic has genuinely challenged and strained health care systems both in developed and developing countries. With many losses, challenges and tragedies associated with the disease, this pandemic would additionally leave catastrophic impact on the reproductive health and family planning needs of couples around the world and in Pakistan.
Decision to lock down during the pandemic has also resulted in women being further cut off from health services, threatening a rise in maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. Marie Stopes Society stands together with the Department of Health and Population Welfare, Government of Sindh;
Department of Population Welfare, Government of Punjab and the Department of Population Welfare, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to ensure that women and girls have access to health services across Pakistan especially family planning and reproductive healthcare.
During this pandemic situation, PWD Punjab is especially focusing on maternal and child health services. On this World Population Day our unified message to the people of Pakistan, is to raise awareness for respecting the reproductive health needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls during the pandemic while maintaining the momentum towards achieving the SDG’s by 2030.
Together we pledge to focus on improving the health of our people by addressing disparities in women’s health care, reducing provider stress and enhancing access through virtual and digital care.