LAHORE, July 11, 2011: World Population Day was observed on Monday in the provincial capital as elsewhere in the country to create awareness among the masses about global population issues.
The day was celebrated with a theme of the year 2011 ‘World at 7 Billion’.
Various programmes and ceremonies, including seminars, conferences and discussions, were arranged both by public and private organisations highlighting the importance of family planning in relation with poverty, maternal health and human rights.
According to a press release issued here on Monday, the Rahnuma Family Planning Association of Pakistan, a member association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), joins its federation in the call for renewed focus on the reproductive health of the ‘bottom billion’ — the poorest and the most vulnerable people, many of whom are young and female.
The Rahnuma FPAP always observed the World Population Day in partnership with provincial health departments and other likeminded NGOs.
A ceremony will be held on Tuesday (today). The Punjab chief minister is expected to attend the ceremony.
Rahnuma FPAP president Mahtab Rashdi will moderate a discussion panel and Syed Kamal Shah will be one of the panelists. Other key players are UNFPA, Marrie Stopes Society, Shirkat Gah and Green Star Social Marketing.