BISP, PPIF agree on mutual collaboration for improved population planning in Punjab

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ISLAMABAD: Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Chairperson Dr Sania Nishtar on Friday said that the goal of eradicating poverty across the country was inextricably tied to interventions that empower people to make choices that improve their living conditions, including accessibility to family planning services.

In a meeting held at the BISP office, she said that the threat of population explosion currently facing the country could undermine all efforts toward ensuring economic progress in Pakistan.

BISP Secretary Omer Hamid Khan, Country Director Population Council Dr Zeba Sathar and PPIF CEO Jawad Ahmed Qureshi were among the participants of the meeting.

Reiterating the chairperson’s statement that the burgeoning population could further strain resources that were in short supply, the PPIF CEO stated that the Population Innovation Fund had been created to introduce projects that tackle barriers to uptake of family planning services, especially among low-income communities. PPIF funded projects were making contraceptive services accessible in different parts of Punjab and with a strategic alliance with BISP would pave the way for targeted interventions that serve the needs of communities.