PESHAWAR - A specific policy should be formulated with the consultation of all stakeholders to address all needs of MHN, SRH of adolescent girls and young mothers.

There was needed to enhance capacity building specifically on ‘Maternal and Neonatal and Sexual Reproductive Health’ issues to prevent growing ratio mortality and mobility of adolescent mothers and young mothers.

These suggestions and proposals were put by participants at a consultative dialogue organsied by Rahnuma-Family Planning Association of Pakistan (PFAP) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on titled “Improved Maternal and Neonatal Health (MNH) and Sexual & Reproductive Health (SRH) and Policy and practice for Adolescent girls and Young Mothers. The women parliamentarians in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Zarka Bibi, Uzma Khan, and Mehr Sultana, Vice president Rahnuma-FPAP, Haji Sattar Gul, Regional Progam Manager, Gohar Zaman, Sohail Iqbal, Program Management Rahnuma-FPAP, Ms Yasrab Nazir, Program Coordinator as keynote speakers at the dialogue.

 The participants were included representatives, from non-governmental organisation, members of civil society network, officials of relevant provincial departments, and other stakeholders. The participants indicated that the most of issues related MNH, SRH to adoscleent girls and young mothers were appeared to untrained female medical staffs, which caused increasing number of morality and morbility ratio in the province.

The participants unsatisfied with the performance on parts of parliamentarians for making legislation regarding child marriage issues, particularly health related issues of adolescent girls and mothers. They demanded for properly execution of relevant laws to protect basic right of children, especially girls in the society. The participants identified the policy gaps regarding the needs adolescent girls and young mothers, suggested several proposals for meeting the increasing health issues to them.

The Regional Director, FPAP KP region Gohar Zaman, while briefing the participants informed about the current programs and achievements of Rahnuma. Project Coordinator, Yasrab Nazir, highlighted that adolescent and young people make up more than 60 per cent of Pakistan’s population, out of which 27 million are the females.

Zaman informed that the needs of Adolescent Girls and Young Mothers were grossly neglected at the policy levels leading to worst social indicators in the South Asian region i.e. low female literacy, High Infant mortality rate, high Maternal Mortality Rate, low Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR).

Yasrab Nazir, while explained the key objectives of the Advocating Improved AIMS project, Rahnuma FPAP with collaboration of Research and Advocacy Fund (RAF) has taken the initiative to plug the policy and practice gaps at national, provincial and district levels for addressing the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Maternal and Neonatal Health (MNH) issues of young women, by mobilizing the policy makers and stakeholders.