ISLAMABAD - The World Population Day that is annually observed on July 11 to reaffirm the human right to plan for a family is being observed Wednesday (today).

The aim of World Population celebration is to increase awareness on various population issues, such as importance of family planning, including gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights. Universal Access to Reproductive Health by 2015 is one of the targets of Millennium Development Goals set under MDG-5 (B). Reproductive Health problems remain the leading cause of ill health and death for women of childbearing age worldwide. Some 222 million women , who would like to avoid or delay pregnancy lack access to effective family planning.  Nearly 800 women die every day in the process of giving life. About, 1.8 million young people are entering their reproductive years, often without knowledge, skills and services they need to protect themselves.   

Various events will be held to mark the day by nongovernmental organizations and the government departments. One such event is being held Wednesday (today) by Rahnuma-Family Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP), Regional Office, Islamabad at one of its Service Delivery Point at Sehala (Mughal) that will be attended by line departments, volunteers, youth, members of village health management committee and community.  The association urge that unmet need which is on the rise in rural areas needs to be addressed, efforts should be made as per UNFPA stance to create a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. Besides, MDGs targets achieving till 2015 must be taken as a campaign at all levels.