BISP and PPIF Agree on Mutual Collaboration for Improved Population Planning in Punjab

An MoU was signed between BISP, PPIF and Population Council for implementation of an innovative project for making family planning services accessible for the poorest households registered with the BISP in district Rahim Yar Khan.

Remarks by Dr. Sania Nishtar,
Chairman BISP

Chairperson BISP Dr. Sania Nishtar stated that the goal of eradicating poverty across the country was inextricably tied to interventions that empower people to make choices that improve their living conditions including accessibility to family planning services.

Mr. Jawad Ahmad Qureshi, CEO PPIF

CEO, PPIF Mr Jawad Ahmed Qureshi stated that the Population Innovation Fund had been created to introduce projects that tackle barriers to uptake of family planning services especially among low income communities. PPIF funded projects were making contraceptive services accessible in different parts of Punjab and with a strategic alliance with BISP would pave the way for targeted interventions that serve the needs of communities.

Remarks by Dr. Zeba Sathar, Country Director, Population Council

Country Director Population Council,Dr. Zeba Sathar stated that the census results had propelled the issue of population growth onto the agenda of the highest executive and judicial forums in the country. Until 1981, Pakistan was water abundant and became water stressed by 1998 with population reaching 132 million. Pakistan was at present in a state of water scarcity as the population stood at 207 million, several million more than the most conservative fertility decline estimates made in 2010.

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