Pakistan Reports Lowest Contraceptive Prevalence Rate of 25pc


by Hamna Bano

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According to reports from the Sehat Mand Khandan Pakistan has the lowest contraceptive prevalence rate at 25% in South Asia. Sehat Mand Khandan is a project partnered with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) the  Agha Khan Foundation and the Government of Sindh.


This particular project is ensuring the health of families by educating the masses about family planning and improving sexual reproductive health options.

Within the present service delivery programs, this five-year project is working to explore means to improve reproductive and sexual health. Funded by the government of Canada, this project also includes the potential building of public healthcare providers, especially lady workers at the healthcare facilities in remote districts.

Windy Gamour Canada’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, Sindh Health Director-General Dr. Juman Bahoto, UNFPA Pakistan Representative Bakhtior Kadirov, AKF Pakistan  CEO Akhtar Iqbal, and Dr. Zahid Memon Director Projects of AKU Center of Excellence visited the Matiari Districts at the intervention sites.

After its completion in 2024, the interventions are said to expand to other areas of the country. “We were very pleased to see the public-private partnership in action with better health care and facilities, and training to health care providers,” commented Wendy after the visit of the delegation.

The delegation earlier met with Sindh Health Minister Dr. Azra Pechuho to discuss the policies adopted by the provincial government regarding reproductive health.

“The Sindh government is making efforts to enhance the family planning and reproductive health services in the province. We aim to achieve a 57 percent contraceptive prevalence rate by 2030,” said Dr. Azra.

After her return from Karachi, Wendy talked to the President of AKU Dr. Suleman Shahabuddin, and added “Pakistan needs institutions like the AKU, which is a role model for health care and academic excellence.”