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Maternal health issues: bottlenecks in achieving MDG-5B highlighted

Participants at a consultative seminar highlighted the bottlenecks in achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDG-5B), relating to maternal health issues, under the global commitments, called the active participation of government, all relevant stakeholders and other indicators, to remove the financial and legislative implications on way of meeting the MDGs as per target year.

The consultative meeting of Provincial Chapter Alliance on MDG-5B held under auspices of Rahnuma-Family Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP) at its regional office here on Tuesday. Haji Sattar Gul, Vice President Rahnuma-FPAP Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region, presided over the session, while the organisation Regional Director, Gohar Zaman briefed the participants about the International Committees of provision of maternal healthcare facilities under MDGs-5B. Representatives of civil society organisations, government departments, members from Non-Governmental Organisations, and media persons from print and electronic media attended the consultative session.

The participants stressed the need for better co-ordination and collective efforts of government departments, relevant stakeholders with involvement of civil society, religious scholars and other key players to meet the goals for provision of better maternal health issues under the international commitments of MDGs by 2015. They further suggested the creation of parliamentary caucus, enhancement of budgetary allocations, specifically resolution of maternal health issues and political parties should also include the health issues top in their manifesto and agenda.

Earlier, the Rahnuma-FPAP, Regional Director Gohar Zaman in his detailed presentation said the MDG-5B is specifically relating to improvement of maternal health issues, which has also two targets, including 5-A; it is to reduce by three quarters between 1990 and 2015, while 5B is to achieve universal access to Reproductive Health by 2015. He said the two-third of disease for women of reproductive age is due to RH, it's critical that MDG-5B is included. Otherwise, he said the issues of maternal morbidity and access to Family Planning, which could be reduced Maternal Mortality Ratio.

He highlighted the basic facilities to maternal healthcare and mothers, unmet needs is around 33 percent at district headquarters according to previous data of 2007, while mortality ratio of infants and mothers is about 63 percent. The access to reproductive facilities is totally negligible due to lack of adequate resources, while no proper planning or monitoring system was developed to address the issues relating of maternal health, with joint efforts and co-ordination, he said.

Rahnuma-FPAP Regional Director said social and cultural another key obstacles for resolution of the growing maternal health issues. He said the government utmost responsible to regulate the key-players, stakeholders and indicators to make joint efforts and co-ordination for meeting the MDG goals regarding the maternal health.

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