ISLAMABAD– Every year 400,000 children under age of five, die while after every 25 minute a women loses life in the country which may be controlled through improving health care services and focussing on adolescent health issues.

The situation can be addressed through advocating for the rectifications of existing poung Mothers. Sharing her remarks on the national workshop, jointly organized by Rahnuma Family Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP) and Research and Advocacy Fund), former Member Provincial Assembly Dr. Faiza Rasheed said Khaber Pakhunkwa assembly unanimously passed the resolution of inclusion of “Adolescents” as `specific target group’ for the programs of Health, Population Welfare, Education (Literacy), Women Development, Youth and Social Welfare departments.

She also informed that the province has not only successfully run the health units despite all the challenges but also established 100 new clinics for imparting services of health care in the provinces.

“It is the only province which allocated funds for Family Planning”, she added. Uzma Khan, another former member of provincial assembly asked for introducing reproductive health care in curriculum and conducting advocacies of male parliamentarians to sensitize them on importance of the issue.

She said according to a report of FAFEN, majority of bills (almost 90 percent) were tabled by women parliamentarians during the last assembly and more than 300 were related to human rights.

Shamim Mumtaz, a former provincial assembly member from Sindh remarked that root-cause of population issue in the country is poverty which needed to be addressed on priority so that people are able to send their children to school rather than considering them earning hands.

Amna Akhsheed, Director Adolescent, Rahnuma FPAP highlighted that adolescent and young people make up more than 60 percent of Pakistan’s population.