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‘World Population Day’ marked in Kabul

۲۶ سرطلان تجلیل از رور جهانی جمعیت خیر محمد 2
Minister Mastoor addressing World Population Day commemoration ceremony in Kabul

KABUL: The United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) on Tuesday announced commemorating World Population Day (WPD) in collaboration with Afghan government institutions.
Ministries of Economy, Public Health, Hajj and Religious Affairs, Afghanistan National Statistics and Information Authority (ANSIA) and the Afghanistan Midwifery Association (AMA) collaborated with UNPF at the event held at the Media and Information Center in Kabul. A statement from the UN agency said the commemoration took place under the global them of “Family Planning is a Human Right”.
Representatives for the Ministry of Hajj attended the event and stated family planning was in line with the verses of the holy Quran and teachings of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). Family planning is an integral part of reproductive health services. The failure to provide reproductive health services, including family planning, to the poorest women can weaken economies and sabotage progress towards the umber one sustainable development goal eliminating poverty.
UNFPA State of the World Population Report in 2017 warned unless inequality was urgently tackled and the poorest women were empowered to make their own decisions, countries could face unrest and threats to peace.
“Investments in family planning in Afghanistan are critical not only to reduce maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality, but also to reduce fertility and the dependency ratio,” said Dr. Bannet Ndyanabangi, UNFPA representative. “We had 3-fold population growth in the past 50 years, which means we will have the same growth in the next 50 years. This is going to be a challenge for us, if we don’t invest in family planning and relative programs”, said, Mustafa Mastoor, Minister of Economy. The poorest Afghan women have the fewest options for family planning, the least access to antenatal care, and are most likely to give birth without the assistance of a doctor or midwife. These issues increase the risks of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. According to the Afghanistan Demographic and Health Survey, only 23 per cent of married women use a method of contraceptive, while there is evidence that 25% of married women have an unmet need for family planning.
Early and child marriage, high fertility rates with little birth spacing contribute to the high maternal mortality in Afghanistan, that is currently the highest in the region and is estimated at about 661 per 100,000 live births.
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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.