The Indus Hospital Signs MoU with Population Welfare Department, Sindh
January 25, 2018
In an effort to increase the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) in the province, the Indus Hospital, Karachi (TIH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Population Welfare Department (PWDS), Government of Sindh on January 25, 2018. The ceremony took place at Sheikh Saeed Memorial Hospital, Korangi, Karachi, a full service free gynecology and obstetrics healthcare facility. Dr. Abdul Bari Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Indus Health Network (IHN) and Laeeq Ahmed, Secretary, Population Welfare Department signed the MoU.
Ashfaq Shah, Director General, PWDS; Faisal Maher, Director PWDS; Nasreen Ghauri, Director PWDS, Asad ullah Khan, Director PWDS, Talib Lashari, Advisor, PWDS were also present.
While addressing the ceremony, Dr. Abdul Bari Kahn said, “Pakistan is an over-populated country and this population boom is taking a heavy toll on our women. Only a healthy woman can give birth to a healthy child. This issue is so huge that only government or private sector cannot tackle it and a public-private partnership is the need of the hour. We assure that we will be a great support for the cause.”
Sindh with its 42.4 million population stands second largest province of Pakistan. The population growth rate in the urban areas is also proportionately very high as compared to other areas of the country. In the International Family Planning Summit 2012, Pakistan made different commitments to accelerate Family Planning (FP) program in the country and provinces. Sindh has set to increase the CPR from 30% to 45% by 2020.
Through this agreement, PWDS will provide training and certification to provide family planning services; free contraceptive commodities; technical and supervisory support and TIH will offer these services to clients free of cost.