This Guy Deserves a Medal: Leading Family Planning Efforts in Pakistan

August 21, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

Pakistan: A Tough but Vital Place to Do Family Planning
A couple of years ago, I was traveling in the rural areas of Sindh Province in Pakistan and met a woman who had six children. Her resources were so meager that she had to feed her children in shifts – three on one day, and the other three the next day. It was heart-breaking to see. But it made me more convinced than ever of the importance of the work my colleagues and I are doing to provide Pakistani couples with options for healthy spacing and timing of births.
I live and promote family planning in Pakistan, where only 26% of married women use a modern method of family planning, dramatically lower than the 66% who use modern methods in my native Mexico. That’s lower than all our neighboring countries, except Afghanistan. Yet 20% of married women say they want contraception but cannot access it.
The Government of Pakistan has pledged to increase the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) for modern methods from the 26% recorded in the 2012-13 Demographic and Health Survey to 55% by 2020. That would double the CPR in only eight years.

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