World Population Day: the role of effective family planning

World Population Day has been observed on11th July since1987. According to United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, global population will reach 9.80 billion by 2050.

This year’s theme is ‘Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations.’ Women from around 69 poor countries around the world, do not use contraceptives because of lack of information and partner support. But family planning is a key fact of ensuring gender equality, women empowerment and reducing poverty.

World Population Day is observed to address five major issues; to make family planning more accepted, ensure gender quality, reduce poverty, ensure maternal health and ensure human rights. Every year United Nations Population Fund(UNFPA) selects a theme focusing on these areas. Building up a country with healthy citizen by enriching public health and reproductive health is the overall concern of the day.

This year, the day is observed with Family Planning Summit simultaneously. This is the second meeting of Family Planning 2020 which aims to expand voluntary family planning to additional 120 million women.

Family planning program has seen successful in Bangladesh. The country needs to set target to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3.7 which clearly states, “By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services including family planning, information, education and integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programs.”

To achieve this goal there must be campaigns which align with the rapid change in people’s life.This should also increase social capital and  empower them.


Source: Daily Star

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