UN body pledges $2.4m for population programme

The United Nations Population Fund will provide $2.4 million for the population welfare activities in the country. In this regard, a signing ceremony for the implementation of the annual work plan 2008 between the ministry of population and UNFPA was held here on Thursday. Country representative UNFPA Dr France Donnay and Mohammad Sharif, secretary ministry of population, signed the work plan. The fund would be utilised for implementation of reproductive health and family planing activities in the focused districts of Mansehra, Kohat, Chakwal, Muzaffargarh, Qilla Saifullah, Chaghi, Jacobabad, Thatta, Kotli and Muzaffarbad. The major activities of the annual plan included training, integrated quality primary health care, reproductive health/family planning through mobile units in remote areas, advocacy and community awareness, procurement of contraceptives, improved management system for programme delivery, support to demographic and population studies and sensitisation of political as well as religious leaders besides support for public-private sector organisation on population and development issues.