Another Look at Pakistan’s Family Planning Mess

September 8, 2016 • Daily Email Recap

Family planning awareness low on government’s priorities

KARACHI: Over two decades into the practice, Dr Azra Ahsan has noticed that many couples who come seeking obstetric or gynaecological advice are uncomfortable about telling the exact number of children they have.

When she inquires, it is usually the father who replies, often giving a range and never a definite number. “It is either four or five, six or seven, 11 or 12,” says Dr Ahsan, who is also a technical consultant at the Ministry of Health’s National Committee for Maternal and Neonatal Health (NCMNH).

Explaining their hesitance, she said “the actual number is normally higher and they are too embarrassed to tell”

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