Karachi, February 26, 2014 (PPI-OT): Acting US Consul General Leon S. Waskin joined local government officials, public health experts, and medical professionals at the Provincial Dissemination Seminar of the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey 2012-2013 in Karachi on Wednesday.
The seminar was the first such event in Sindh to discuss the survey results, recently unveiled in Islamabad, which present a comprehensive summary of data on infant and child mortality, reproductive health, family planning, fertility, and nutrition among Pakistan’s women and children.
The survey, conducted by the National Institute for Population Studies with financial and technical support from USAID, will enable policy-makers and planners to review population welfare and health programs to reduce high mortality among mothers and children.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Waskin, who is also USAID’s Deputy Mission Director for programs in Sindh and Balochistan, noted that, when compared to the prior survey conducted in 2006-2007, the new survey showed improvements in some areas, such as a decrease in infant mortality. At the same time, Mr. Waskin explained, the survey data shows negative trends in the areas of child nutrition and immunization.
To combat these negative trends, Mr. Waskin said, “The U.S. Government, through USAID,has implemented a $387 million Maternal and Child Health Project, most of which is based in Sindh, that will help save the lives of women and children by improving the quality and availability of key family planning, reproductive health, and maternal, neonatal, and child health services.”
Also present at the event were: Mr. Sajjad Saleem Hotiana, Chief Secretary, Government of Sindh; USAID Office of Health, Deputy Director Randolph Augustin; and Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali, President, Population Association of Pakistan.
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