Pakistan’s New Population Policy

September 16, 2010 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Family Planning, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Bob Walker for this blog posting on the Population Institute website.

After years of neglect, Pakistan this year adopted a new population policy that promises to boost support for family planning services and information. Earlier this month, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani told a national convention on population that population growth is a bigger problem than the water and electricity crises that now grip the country.He said,”I take pride in sharing that the Pakistan Peoples Party is the only political party that includes population planning in its party manifesto.”

Current population projections indicate that Pakistan’s population will grow from an estimated 181 million in 2009 to 335 million by 2050 unless fertility rates drop faster than currently projected. At present, women in Pakistan have an average of four children.

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