Pakistan: Planning for the launch of the new State of the World's Mothers Report
The theme of this year’s State of the World’s Mothers Report: “Surviving the first day”; is extremely relevant in Pakistan’s context. Pakistan has the world’s third highest number of newborn deaths, of approximately 169,400 deaths per year. There is comparatively slow progress in this area with just 0.9 percent annual reduction in newborn mortality, which is less than the global average (2.1 percent annual reduction), despite considerable policy change, according to a study conducted by Save the Children in collaboration with Advocacy and Advisory Network for Newborns (AANN).
The launch of this year’s report is planned for the 7th of May at Hotel RAMADA, Islamabad. The plan of the launch is shaped in the form of a seminar with policy makers, civil society, media and representatives from the development sector. Dr. Sania Nishtar, federal minister, has confirmed to be the chief guest at the event. Our campaign ambassadors Farah Sadia and Haroon Rashid have also extended their support towards the event.
We plan on beginning the event by sharing the concept behind the annual launch of State of the World’s Mothers Report. The team is extensively engaged in the preparation and is extracting Pakistan-specific information from the report which will be presented on the day of the event by Dr. Qudsia Uzma, Director of Health and Nutrition.
We recently held Lady Health Worker (LHW) award ceremonies in all 4 provinces of the country which gave us a chance to interact with some of the best Lady Health Workers from every district. We thought this launch would be a great opportunity to invite one of those LHWs to speak at the event and shed some light on the importance of LHWs in saving newborn lives, particularly in the Pakistani context. Aside from that we have also planned a session on the role of media in highlighting the status of mothers and children in the country. The team decided to organize a photo exhibition to highlight the importance of maternal and child health in Pakistan. This exhibition will comprise of 75 to 100 photographs from all over the country with a focus on the role of health workers and the importance of vaccinations and nutrition.