The £90 million, multi-year DAFPAK programme aims to enhance family planning outcomes throughout Pakistan.

Leading government representatives and population experts from Pakistan are expected to assemble in Islamabad this week on May 24 and 25 for a learning event hosted by Palladium Pakistan under DAFPAK-PSSD in partnership with the MoNHSR&C Islamabad, the provincial Health and Population Welfare Departments of Punjab, Sindh, and KP, and in collaboration with UNFPA, PSI, MSS, DKT International, and M&C Saatchi.

The conference, titled “Pakistan’s Population: Ensuring A Brighter Future For All,” is dedicated to enhancing reproductive health outcomes and equipping individuals and families with the information they need to make wise decisions about their lives. It also aims to provide a powerful forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences.

The goals of two-day event of Pakistan population  are to promote adherence to the CCI recommendations and the National and Provincial FP2030 Roadmap, highlight DAFPAK’s accomplishments, comprehend the significance of climate adaptation and resilience in light of climate catastrophes, map accountability through results-based management, and identify scaling-up initiatives.

With such a comprehensive agenda, the conference is expected to draw a number of notable speakers, including Dr. Sabina Durrani, Director General of the Population Programme Wing at the Ministry of National Health Services, Andrew Dalgleish, Acting British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Jo Moir, Development Director at the British High Commission Pakistan, Azra Pachecho, Sindh Health Minister, and Dr. Sara Shahzad, Health Advisor at the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office.

“I am pleased that the UK has spent the last ten years trying to increase family planning services in Pakistan. There is still a long way to go, though. We are gathering specialists to talk about the most important issues affecting Pakistan’s population dynamics in May.”

Jo Moir, Development Director, British High Commission, Pakistan, said, “I look forward to working with all our partners to support Pakistan’s strategies to maintain a sustainable future for everyone.

The £90 million, multi-year DAFPAK programme aims to enhance family planning outcomes throughout Pakistan. By enhancing vulnerable populations’ access to family planning services and spreading pro-community messages via a single platform called KhairKhwah, DAFPAK works to complement government efforts in Pakistan.

KhairKhwah, or “well-wisher,” has provided technical assistance to support population and demography policy, improve public services, raise awareness of and demand for family planning, and advocate for the availability of family planning goods and services in Pakistan.

Over 95 million people have been reached by KhairKhwah campaigns, which have an adaptable and flexible approach. This event provides experts and participants with the chance to interact and discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with family planning.