The world will mark Population Day tomorrow. In a message released by the United Nations, “Rights and choices are the answer: Whether baby boom or bust, the solution to shifting fertility rates lies in prioritizing the reproductive health and rights of all people.” The message further states the the mega-trends of increasing urbanization, accelerating migration and changing fertilityv rates are going to have “far-reaching implications” as they will affect economic development, employment, income distribution, poverty and social protections.
The message added that, “to more sustainably address the needs of individuals, policymakers must understand how many people are living on the planet, where they are, how old they are, and how many people will come after them.”
Meanwhile, at a World Population Day seminar organised on Thursday by RAHNUMA-Family Planning Association of Pakistan (Sindh) in collaboration with the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Karachi (HRC) experts bemoaned the lack of adequate family planning in the country.
According to Dr Talib Lashari, technical adviser and focal person, population welfare department, government of Sindh, Pakistan’s current population is expected to double in 30 years while for most other countries it is expected to double in the next 60 years.
Syed Abdul Qayyum of RAHNUMA said Pakistan has witnessed exponential population growth in the last fifty years. In 1947 it stood at only 32 million but by 1971, it had more than doubled to 65 million. In 1998, it was 132 million and by 2017, it was 208.
Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, president of PMA Sindh, said that they hadn’t managed to change people’s views. “The people here should understand that those who talk about controlling the population growth are not against Islam,” he said.
He also pointed out that the government’s failure to prioritise education and health had also contributed to the problem.
Today, world population stands at about 7.7 billion, and it’s expected to grow to around 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 10.9 billion in 2100.
From : pk.mashable.com