Here is what Pakistan needs to learn from Bangladesh on population control

In 1970, the population of Pakistan was five million people smaller than the population of Bangladesh, but by 2050 it is projected to be larger by 62 million people.

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Bangladesh population control

Family planning remains one of the top priorities in Bangladesh towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals. The country has prioritized implementing the national action plan for postpartum family planning, plus overcoming social and geographical inequality through providing regional family planning packages.

From the mid-1970s, Bangladesh endorsed a community-based approach to control the population. It recruited married, literate village women and trained them in essential medicine and family planning approaches. The hired women went door-to-door and distributed contraceptive pills, condoms and referred village women for clinical contraception.

The country took various initiatives to form a bridge between the modern medical world and the village world. Simultaneously, the government prioritized girls’ education. Continuation of education resulted in delayed marriages, and it further equipped girls with the knowledge and confidence to have complete control over their lives.

As a result of taking all these initiatives seriously, fertility rates in Bangladesh subsequently reduced from about six children per woman in the early 1970s to less than three children per woman during the last two decades.

Corruption and ineffective policies by Pakistan

On the other hand, Pakistan in the 1960s prioritized just one form of contraception – the intrauterine device (IUD). The country funded doctors and midwives to raise awareness about the device and paid women to have it injected.

Sources have revealed that all that money meant vast corruption and falsified figures. In addition, there was not enough medical backup, so when women had problems with the IUDs, they had nowhere to go. Some national and international surveys reported that no one was using IUDs.

As a result of these shortcomings, Pakistan banned advertising for family planning and cut funding for similar schemes during the 1970s and 1980s.

Comparison between Pakistan and Bangladesh

In 1970, the population of Pakistan was five million people smaller than the population of Bangladesh, but by 2050 it is projected to be larger by 62 million people.

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  • Oh mai koi kum ker ja ker hor samjh lagi jis ney bhejna hye woh rozq bhi deta hey aney waley apna naseeb ley ker ata hey insaan raho khuda na bano … haram khoron ney loota hye mulk werna ooper waley ney itna nawaza hye is mulk kay hisaab nhi
    Janwaron ki zindagi guzarney mein khush rho bus
    Barey ayee bangladesh ki misaalien denay waley

  • اگر اسکی باری پر پلاسٹک بیگ چڑھا لیا ہوتا تو آج یہ آرٹیکل بھی نہ لکھا جاتا۔۔۔
    انکا مسئلہ ہی یہ ہے، نہ بچے نہ فیملی نہ رشتے دار نہ ہم کسی کے نہ ہمارا کوئی۔


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