PESHAWAR - The participants of a consultative dialogue have expressed concerns over the lack of a policy to address particular health issues, saying that it has created immense problems relating to adolescent girls and young mothers, especially to marginalised group.

They said a huge portion of population was ignored. The consultative session was organised by Rahnuma and Falimy Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP) under its project ‘advocating for improved MNH and SRH policy and practice for adolescent girls and young mothers’, here at local hotel on Monday. 

Mehr Sultana from PPP, JUI-F provincial women legislator Uzma Khan and representatives of the civil society and media participated.

Mehr Sultana and Uzma Khan ensured that they would play their due role to table a drafted resolution, prepared in consultation with all the relevant stakeholders by Rahnuma-FPAP, aimed to ensure better health services to adolescent girls and young mothers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Earlier, the NGO representative Gohar Zaman on the occasion explained the objective of the project (AIMS) and informed the participants about the achievements in health reforms for adolescent girls and young mothers, through advocacy with different section of society and relevant stakeholders.

He also informed a core group had been constituted for consultation process with religious scholars, parliamentarians from different political and liberal parties both at provincial and national level and other relevant stakeholders.

Besides, Aliya Habib, National Program Manager from Rahnuma-FPAP while delivering a presentation informed that around 27 million population were comprised on youth, out of which a large portion were girls, which was totally neglected both by the policymakers both at national and provincial level.

“No specific policy was existed to addressed health related issues of a huge portion of young population in the country”, she regretted. According to research study, she indicated that the cultural norms, religious obstacles and social taboos were the major hurdles before better health services delivery of girls and young mothers.

Other participants, including representatives from media organizations stressed the government to take proactive steps for brining health reforms, in order to overcome with health issues facing adolescent girls and young mothers.