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                World Population Day 2013

 

As part of its awareness and advocacy efforts on population issues, Jansankhya Shtirata Kosh (JSK) organised a series of advocacy events on the occasion of World Population Day, July 11, 2013.
The events were organised to create requisite awareness about the issues of population and to rededicate the nation towards the population stabilisation.
These included two key events: a walk for Population Stabilisation and “National Dialogue on Population Stabilisation for a Better Tomorrow” organised by JSK in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
For the necessary build up, a half page english and hindi advertisement was published on 10th of July, for inviting the people to be part of Walk on Population Stabilisation on July 11th, 2013 from India gate to Vijay Chowk. Events of World Population Day were one of the key news of all the newspapers of July 12 2013.


Walk for Population Stabilisation:

The day began with a Walk, which was flagged off by Hon’ble Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad in presence of Hon’ble Minister of State (HFW), Smt Santosh Choudhary and Health Minister of NCT of Delhi Shri A.K.Walia. The Walk was from India Gate to Vijay Chowk which began at 7.00 am. Secretary Health and Family Welfare Shri Keshav Desiraju, Additional Secretary Health and Family Welfare Smt Anuradha Gupta, Executive Director, Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh Shri N. B.Dhal and other important dignitaries were participated in the said event. Over 2000 young students from various schools of Delhi, students from Medical Colleges and several other organisations were also participated in the walk to endorse their support for the cause of population stabilisation. The Walk was an effort to build momentum and raise awareness around issues like low female literacy, early age at marriage and early child bearing among a host of other challenges to be dealt with to address the issue of population stabilisation. Carrying placards with slogans supporting the cause of population stabilisation, students joined in to advocate for the cause. Addressing the gathered people, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare said the walk has been organized to underscore the importance of having an optimum level of population for overall socio-economic development. He hoped that the walk would be able to generate awareness amongst the masses and persuade people to have small family norm for the betterment of the health of the mother, the child and the whole family.



National Dialogue for Population Stabilisation for a Better Tomorrow:-

The Walk was followed by a half day National Dialogue on Population stabilisation at Vigyan Bhawan, aimed at rededicating the nation towards population related issues, especially in high priority states, and increase participation from other stakeholders including ministries, policy makers, private sector service providers, Development partners, and the media to increase visibility around population stabilisation and also generate more awareness on reproductive and child health issues.
National Dialogue was jointly hosted by the Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Union Minister of Health and family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad and event was graced by Hon’ble Minister of State Smt Santosh Choudhary. It also saw the participation of Secretary HFW Shri Keshav Desiraju, Additional Secretary Smt Anuradha Gupta, Ed JSK Shri N.B. Dhal and other important dignitaries.
Around three hundred delegates from central government and various autonomous Organisations, Principal Secretaries of Health and Mission Directors of NRHM of different states, District Magistrates of selected districts, Parliamentarians, civil society, private and corporate sectors, development partners, International agencies, researchers, clinicians, participated in the National Dialogue.
The focus was to build upon the existing momentum around population at the national level and take it to the high-focus states by bringing in their participation for cross-learning and experience sharing. During the inauguration of the event, Hon’ble Union Minister talked about the current population scenario of our country.
He said that as per 2011 Census, India’s total population is now1.21 billion and India’s population projection would be 1.40 billion by 2026. In the next 15 years India’s population will exceed China, making India the most populous country in the world. With only 2.4% of the entire world’s landmass to support 17% of the world population, the need for population stabilization can hardly be overemphasized. For this reason, the focus of the government has been on efforts to create awareness and persuade people to have small family sizes for the betterment of the health of the mother, the child and the whole family. He hoped Parliamentarians and Media would play a proactive role to create awareness about population explosion and need for population stabilization. He further added that for awareness among youths and adolescents, we should organise Population related quiz.
Addressing the National Dialogue, Smt. Chowdhary said the Government has made ‘Health’ as the most important sector to be focused during 12th Five Year Plan. This shows the commitment in building healthy, nourished and stronger India. This effort would go a long way to make our population healthy, strong and vibrant.
Both the address was followed by a concise presentation by the Additional Secretary, Smt Anuradha Gupta about the issues of Family Planning and Population Stabilisation. She enplaned that due to rapid increase in population the development of public health infrastructure is not be able to keep pace, as a result quality health services are not easily available for everyone.
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Inaugural session was followed by a brief panel discussion moderated by Smt Anuradha Gupta, Additional secretary, MoHFW, on the topic of Population Stabilisation in India, and role of various sectors i.e. Private Sector Health Providers, Civil Society, and NGOs etc.
Mrs Frederika Meijer, Country Representative of UNFPA focussed on the role of the Development Partners for population stabilization. Dr. Leela Visaria has talked about the current perspectives and Future directions of population stabilisation. Dr. Narendra Saini, Hony Secretary General of IMA has given a very precise idea about the role of private providers in population stabilisation. Similarly Mrs Poonam Muttreja has talked about role of NGOs in population Stabilisation.
Session was followed by varied questions from the audience especially from the State audiences such as District Collectors, State Mission directors and others.
Moderator has responded all the question in a very comprehensive manner and Dialogue was ended with affirmation about a rededication for the population Stabilisation for a Better Tomorrow. whole family.

 
 
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