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February 21, 2014

Pakistan still lags far behind other countries in South Asia, NIPS survey

 
February 21, 2014

Islamabad
Pakistan still lags far behind other countries in South Asia in the health sector despite making some expected developments, said National Institute of Population Studies Executive Director Abdul Basit Khan.
He was speaking at the launch of third ‘Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS) 2012-13’ jointly organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute and NIPS here on Thursday.
PDHS 2012-13 conducted by NIPS provides data for monitoring the population and health situation in Pakistan with an explicit goal of providing reliable information about maternal and child health and family planning.
Khan said that provincial governments need to address issues at grassroots level especially to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Excessive population growth, illiteracy rate, financial constraints and food insecurity, he said, is a serious challenge for Pakistan in ensuring access to quality health services.
Shakeel Ramay from SDPI said that the publication was required for empirical policy analysis and research on population studies in Pakistan.
SDPI and NIPS also signed an MoU aiming at strengthening institutional networking and support, enhancing institutional capacities and extending outreach.