On 27 August 2015, the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHSR&C) in collaboration with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) organised a National seminar on “Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies” at the Islamabad Club. Mr. Abdul Qadir Baloch (Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions) was the Chief Guest at the event. The programme highlighted the importance of family planning and reproductive health in Pakistan through presentations from various stakeholders including PHF, and a theatre act organized by NHSR&C. The event was attended by Government departments, UN agencies, and INGOs.
In her address, the Minister of NHSR&C said that the population situation in Pakistan is alarming (currently 191 million and growth rate 1.92 annually). This means a net annual addition of 3.5 million persons in the existing population. This scenario presents a daunting challenge to national efforts of economic development and poverty reduction. Addition of such a magnitude in the backdrop of low socio-economic indicators not only dilutes the results of the developmental efforts but also exerts an unbearable pressure of demand on limited resources to meet the requirements of additional population.